What works best for you to mark gear with, thinking dark colored oars and such.
Something like this ?
Not sure how it is marketed here ...
I love silver Sharpies. Yes, it's more like silver paint than the regular alcohol-based black Sharpies.For paddles, I use a Sharpie and write on the back side (non power face side) in the little groove near where the shaft is inserted. If it's a black blade like my carbon canoe paddle, I use silver. I think it's a paint rather than permanent ink. For other colors, I just use the industrial ink. It does need to be touched up every year or so, and it can surely be removed if needed.
Thanks for the tip.Sharpie works on most fabrics, too. But I also use a product that I buy in my local SCUBA shop. It's made by Trident, and is kind of like a puffy paint. It holds up really well on soft goods like BCDs, PFDs, gloves, hoods, etc. It peels off of hard items like paddles or cylinders.
You can also print on rice paper and use epoxy or clear nail polish to "glue" it to the substrate. the rice paper will become mostly transparent, leaving only the ink visible.My buddy (also on the buzz) told me that he was going to refinish his Cataract oar shafts. After sanding, he's planning to write his contact information on the shaft, then varnish over that. It should be relatively permanent. He also puts his contact information INSIDE the battery door of his GoPro. That won't wear off!
That's a good idea. I had been using a .txt file with name and contact info, but a .jpg file would be visible from the camera's viewfinder. I also write my contact info on the GoPro body under the battery with a fine tip Sharpie.For my cameras, I usually take the first picture on the memory card AND the internal memory of a paper with my name and contact info. An honest person can get it back to me if needed.
I think the Sharpie paint pens I linked above are what I've seen local auto body shops and steel suppliers using.My grandfather had a new and used auto parts shop. They used a really bright yellow marking paint pen on their rebuilt parts so they knew that they were the rebuilders. It held up really well. They used the same paint to mark some of the serving trays they would take to potlucks so they would always get their trays back.
When that last climber is comming up, collecting all the gear(pitons, biners, nuts and bolts) beneath you, and want to geat your own gear back, fingernail polish is a good way to go or sharpies. River Equipment too, the boat not so much thought.I keep black and silver sharpies in my pelican case at all times. They are good for the majority of applications and I always find stuff I should put my name on and if the ink fades the pens are right there. Stickers require too much forethought. I know friends that put a dab of nail polish to mark their camstraps and biners (mostly climbers).