Will a sharpie/permanent marker bleed into wood when applied between layers of finish?

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Forum topic by mcg1990 posted 06-14-2015 10:46 PM 728 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-14-2015 10:46 PM

This is a very last minute, desperate post.

I’ve made a 3D effect end grain cutting board as a wedding gift for my Brother. I’ve applied the first coat of GF Salad Bowl finish, and then realized that 1) I haven’t signed it, and 2) I have no way to sign it. We’re flying out tomorrow evening for the wedding.

So, my question is, can I sign with permanent marker over the 1st layer of finish, and continue to layer a second or third coat over it, with no adverse effect?

If not, can anyone give me any options? I’ll be really bummed if I’ve screwed up my opportunity to sign it with a small ‘congrats’ etc.


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#1 posted 06-14-2015 10:58 PM

Sorry, can’t answer your question specifically. Just a thought though. Can you think of a way to “engrave” it, carve it?

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#2 posted 06-14-2015 11:05 PM

Try it on scrap to see what works.

-- Art

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#3 posted 06-14-2015 11:10 PM

I have signed the bottom of many bowls with a sharpie.
I do a seal coat, then sign.
Wait several minutes for the ink to dry.
Then two more coats.
Never had a problem with saladbowl finish, poly, or shellac.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#4 posted 06-14-2015 11:10 PM

AandC – If it doesn’t bleed now, would it be safe to assume it wouldn’t bleed later?

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#5 posted 06-14-2015 11:11 PM

SAS, perfect. Thank you so much.

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