Markers for glass bottles?

Discussion in 'Cellaring / Aging Beer' started by Number45forever, Mar 7, 2013.

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  1. Number45forever

    Number45forever Initiate (0) Jan 6, 2012 Vermont
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    Hi all, in an effort to get organized, I bought two metallic sharpies (silver and gold) thinking that I'd be able to write on the glass bottles. Neither of them were visible on the black/brown glass though.

    I've read about either oil based or paint markers as being the better bet for writing on dark glass. Anyone have any experience with these?

    Really, I want whatever they use to hand-write numbers on Eclipse bottles. What is this?
  2. EyePeeAyBryan

    EyePeeAyBryan Champion (800) Dec 20, 2011 Arizona
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    No experience in this but maybe something similiar to touch-up-paint marker for vehicles would work well...?
  3. Sethzilla

    Sethzilla Initiate (187) Oct 10, 2012 Texas
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  4. SageO

    SageO Initiate (198) Jul 13, 2010 California
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    I have oil-based silver and gold markers and they work absolutely perfectly. Bought them at Target.
  5. 8eer

    8eer Initiate (0) Mar 27, 2010 Oregon

    Paint pens
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  6. GRG1313

    GRG1313 Poo-Bah (3,473) Jan 15, 2009 California
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    I use DecoColor Opaque Paint Markers. Just google DecoColor. They come in all colors and work perfectly. Waterproof and easily used. Literally paint in a marker shell. Just google and check out . . .they work and they are very inexpensive and last a long time.
  7. BearsOnAcid

    BearsOnAcid Savant (954) Mar 17, 2009 Massachusetts
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    I've used silver metallic sharpies to date bottles with brown glass. Not sure why yours don't work. Are they Sharpie brand or a generic kind?
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  8. zrab11

    zrab11 Crusader (753) Dec 25, 2010 Indiana
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    I use Metallic sharpies as well.. They work just fine!
  9. TheMonkfish

    TheMonkfish Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2012 Chad

    I use blue painters' tape and a Sharpie - but then again I'm kind of a dirtbag. :slight_smile:
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  10. claaark13

    claaark13 Zealot (504) Nov 29, 2007 Indiana
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    I use the metallic paint pens on caps and bottles if I need to mark them.

    Jeffo has received a number of bottles that I set aside for him with an array of clever names written on them so that I'm reminded to not drink them.
  11. Number45forever

    Number45forever Initiate (0) Jan 6, 2012 Vermont
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    I did have sharpie brand. They were fine point, could hardly see them on the bottles. I think I'll try for the paint pens, they look good.
  12. Rusty18

    Rusty18 Initiate (0) Nov 17, 2011 Massachusetts
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    +1 for paint pens, should be able to get them at staples/office max or any art/craft store.
  13. loony4lambic

    loony4lambic Initiate (0) Nov 26, 2012 California

    The sharpies should have worked fine, im guessing the bottles were wet
  14. ForkAndSpoonOp

    ForkAndSpoonOp Initiate (0) May 4, 2011 Pennsylvania

  15. RedBeeron

    RedBeeron Initiate (0) Jul 7, 2012 California
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    +1 to this, I'm also a dirtbag. Also how I track bottles for people I trustee for.
  16. KGMIbeer

    KGMIbeer Initiate (0) Mar 17, 2012 Michigan

    Same thing my silver Sharpie's worked well
  17. parkingphi

    parkingphi Initiate (66) Dec 2, 2008 New York
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    Perhaps the thicker Sharpies would work better?
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