- Paint marker
A paint marker is a type of
marker penthat is used to create permanent writing on a variety of surfaces from paperto metalto stone.
Unlike with most
permanent markers the ink is an oil-based paint and generally requires shaking before use, similar to an aerosol spray paintcan. In addition, the line is very opaque and, unlike spirit-based or other permanent inks, will not fade with exposure to UV light, and overlays all other colors beneath it. The paint from these types of markers is not truly permanent, as it can be removed using high pressure cleaning, paint thinning solvents such as acetone, or it can simply be painted over.
Paint markers like permanent markers generally contain the toxic compounds
xyleneor toluene, introducing some danger when used. Like spray paint, these markers give off volatile organic compoundswhich can be dangerous when not used in a well ventilated area or with a particulate mask. Glovescan also be worn to avoid absorption through the skin.
olidified paint pens
Another type of paint marker is the solidified paint pen. This is a type of marker, often contained within a twist tube, that is a cylinder of semi-hardend oil-paint with a pointed tip. As one writes with it, the point wears down and must be advanced to in order to continue writing. The marker leaves a mark similar to that of
chalk. It is useful for marking on wet or oily surfaces. It is sold under the brand name MeanStreak in the United States. It is made by Sanford, the maker of Sharpies, but there are many different brands and types of solidified paint pens.
Paint markers are used by skateboarders. Many draw on their griptape with these markers; this idea came from legendary skater
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