Erasable marks on visible surfaces- what to use?

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05-16-2011 10:40 PM

What is a good thing to use (and where is a good place to get it) for making easily removed identification marks? Chalk?

I sometimes have bad luck erasing pencil marks, so when I need to make a mark or note on a surface that will be visible after final assembly I’ve taken to putting a small piece of painter’s tape on the surface and marking on that. Problem is, the tape doesn’t always work so well either if I have to run the piece through a machine tape-side down.

-- Greg D.

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#1 posted 05-16-2011 10:43 PM

I’ve used White Chalk pencils – - very much like art pastels but in “regular” wood pencil form. Originally I got it for marking dark wood like walnut, but I can wipe away the marks by just getting a little spit on my thumb and rubbing it.

I got them from either Hobby Lobby and/or Dick Blick art supplies (online)

Quilting folks use these also so fabric places would have them.

-- 'Political correctness is fascism pretending to be manners' ~George Carlin

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#2 posted 05-16-2011 10:51 PM

Are these much different than the chalk pencils used for marking fabric? I have some of those. I guess I can always try them and see.

-- Greg D.

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#3 posted 05-16-2011 11:11 PM

I expect they are the same – I doubt there are so many different formulations for colored pencils.
I just chose the Chalk version as others pastels tend to have some oily binder that I wasn’t sure would come off.
Maybe no problem I just never went down that road.

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#4 posted 05-16-2011 11:16 PM

I know this sounds way too easy but, I just use sandpaper

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#5 posted 05-16-2011 11:26 PM

I use acetone to remove soft lead pencil marks.
However, to completely eliminate the marks, I use painter’s tape and scribe pencil marks on the tape.

-- 温故知新

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#6 posted 05-17-2011 05:16 AM

I just use regular chalk, the kind used by kids. Crayola makes it

-- Ken

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#7 posted 05-17-2011 06:58 AM

You can get really soft pencils that work, but it’s easier to use chalk

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#8 posted 05-18-2011 06:29 AM

Liquid Pencil Eraser
While prepping wood for finishing, I’ve discovered that acetone will wipe away pencil marks. It’s faster than erasing or sanding them, and the acetone dries quickly without raising the wood grain.

- Mark Thiel; Coral Springs, Florida

From Woodworkers journal ezine

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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#9 posted 05-18-2011 11:42 AM

I use a good quality rubber (Ooops! – Eraser!) as used on paper and that seems to work OK

-- Don, Somerset UK,

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#10 posted 05-18-2011 01:09 PM

I just read an article that recommends acetone to remove pencil lines… it would probably work on chalk and other markings.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#11 posted 05-18-2011 01:56 PM

Thanks for all the suggestions!

-- Greg D.

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