Recessed lettering highlighting

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Recessed lettering highlighting

Post by JeepBoy 1943 » Tue Jun 12, 2018 6:39 pm

I am attempting to do a decent job of highlighting the recessed white lettering on the light switch, throttle handle, radio, etc. YouTube only shows how to do it with guns. They suggest rubbing a children's crayon over the letters and then rubbing the excess off with a cloth. I have done that with only limited success. Anyone have a reliable way of accomplishing this? Thanks.

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Re: Recessed lettering highlighting

Post by dlevy » Tue Jun 12, 2018 9:43 pm

Use a white Markal paint stick.

Works great. Depending on the paint you used on the surface, you can lightly use some acetone to clean the surrounding area a bit if needed.

http://www.markal.com/solid-paint-markers/b-paintstik/

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Re: Recessed lettering highlighting

Post by JeepBoy 1943 » Wed Jun 13, 2018 4:39 am

Thanks, I'll give it a try.

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Re: Recessed lettering highlighting

Post by W. Winget » Wed Jun 13, 2018 6:30 am

Not even recalling what I did it with, but I can bet if the crayon is warmed up, or the knob with a hair dryer that technique would work better, as cold wax doesn't want to flow well into the recesses. Paint pen with a cleanup rub while it was still wet was what I think I used from memory.
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Re: Recessed lettering highlighting

Post by JeepBoy 1943 » Wed Jun 13, 2018 1:03 pm

Thanks for the tips.


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Re: Recessed lettering highlighting

Post by g.keating » Wed Jun 13, 2018 7:55 pm

going on 25 years since I restored my M38. I remember using white chalk and rubbing the stick into the recesses. lasted for years. just redo it when it finally wears away.
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Re: Recessed lettering highlighting

Post by JeepBoy 1943 » Sun Jun 17, 2018 3:21 pm

The result are in and the Markal paint stick is the winner.

I got one and tried it today. It goes on, and wipes off, really easy.

Many thanks, Dave.

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Re: Recessed lettering highlighting

Post by USASA » Sat Jun 23, 2018 7:36 pm

What point size did you use?
Fine (1/16") or micro (1/32")
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Re: Recessed lettering highlighting

Post by dlevy » Tue Jun 26, 2018 7:44 pm

Glad it worked out!

USASA: I have used the 11/16" wide, it smears across the depressed letters and easily wipes off the surrounding area.

BTW, I have to credit Halifaxgroup. He is the person who told me about the Markal paint sticks.

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