As a rule of thumb, storing markers on their side is especially important with capillary-action markers. Capillary action means the nib is always exposed to the ink inside the barrel by a long soak up mechanism. In this system, the seal of the cap is the only line of defense between the ink inside the barrel and the outside air. Storing markers like this on their side is crucial to prolonging the life of the product even with the cap on. Capillary markers such as Sharpie® should never be stored up and down; always on their side.
This means that when the nib is not depressed, the contents of the barrel are sealed from the air outside. The paint will last forever in there. Even if your pen is valve action, we still recommend always storing markers on their sides with the cap on.
Room temperature is always best for storing markers. For example, our salesman in Minnesota sells to all the oil pipeline fields out there. Those workers carry the markers with them. When you carry it around, the marker is kept warm. Usually that is enough but it still get's very cold out there. If they were to leave the markers outside or in their cars at night, they would reach some extreme temperatures. The change from warm to cold or cold to warm in temperature will create pressure in the barrel. If exposed to such conditions, as well as extreme heat during the summer, and neglected over time, this can, in some rare cases, cause leaking. To prevent this, we recommend degassing your markers after exposure to extreme temperatures and before the first use (see diagram below).
If we use all barrels that are plastic, we wouldn't have to worry about degassing. Raw aluminum over a long span of time can corrode and will creates gas buildup. A phenolic coating on the inside of the barrel would prevent that. These barrels are available to our customers if storage requirements for alcohol pens have such requirements.
Coming out of the factory, there will be no pressure buildup in the pens. We cannot predict how the markers will be stored and for how long after we ship them out. We can only educate our customers the best we can about the proper usage and storage of our products. If you have reason to believe that our markers were stored in extreme temperatures at any time before use, it may be a good idea to degas first.
Holding the marker upright, depress the nib to let any floating gas out of the barrel. This relieves any pressure built up inside the barrel so it doesn't force paint out of the tip on first use or worse, cause leaking in prolonged storage.
Of course, water based markers will freeze if brought below 0ºC and boil if brought to 100ºC. This tolerance window is much narrower than the other solvent systems such as xylene or alcohol. Freezing and boiling will dramatically shorten the shelf-life of the already shorter shelf-life of water-based markers. Some sacrifices in durability are made to have a completely non hazardous product.
Arro-mark® offers special paint that withstands degreasing solvent solutions such as aggressive machine part cleaning procedures.
Do you want to lay down a mark and then paint over it but that mark needs to stay visible and readable? Bleed Thru Ink makes it possible. These pens are made with high density dyes and they are soluble with the primers. The beauty of it is that you will see the mark instantly after it is marked over.
Flomaster® Auto-body and glass markers will not damage your car. They withstand the rain and sun, remain highly visible, and are completely removable with ammonia based products like Windex®.
For permanent marking of automobile surfaces such as Engines, Brake Calipers, Tires, Etc., We make markers perfect for the job.
Under normal general use, marking pens are 100% safe to use. So why do we see warning and pictograms on the labels and Safety Data Sheets?
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We have water based marker that are completely non-hazardous and can be shipped anywhere. We have carefully formulated each our our water-based pens to get the best visible and durable mark possible. This article talks about the variety of water based marking pens we sell.
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Are touch-up marker's a marking need of your company? Call us today to discuss! If you send us a sample of your material to match will make samples for you!
It's always best to recycle when possible. Talk to your local authorities about how they handle the different recyclable materials and sort your waste accordingly. For the longest lasting, environmentally contentious marker purchase, go with our valve action markers. They are filled to capacity and don't stop working down to the last drop!
We are established in all the above companies systems. They give us regular orders to replenish their stock. These guys can order and stock any pen product from our product line if you request it of them.
What are the variety of nibs that we use for each? Nibs for Inks? Nibs for Paints? Temperature tolerances? Flow Velocity?
We are an active distributor to industrial customers. We specialize in the most popular Sharpie Pens from their industrial product line such as Magnum, King size, and the regular sharpies as well. Its what they want and we are a good supplier for them.
When possible, we prefer metal barrels for our marking pens because they are best suited for the industrial environment.