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Types Of Permanent Markers

The type of permanent marker you use can make a difference in the quality of your project or work. There are various types and brands to choose from, so it is essential to know what will be best for your needs. 

The blog post will discuss some different types and their pros and cons to decide which one is better for your needs.


Famous Permanent Marker

The Sharpie marker is a permanent marker that comes in many different sizes and colors. The flow of the ink isn't too heavy or light, so it gives even lines with little to no bleed-through. 

However, this marker does not come with an eraser at the end. The Sharpie marker is very well known and can be found in most stores, like Walmart or Target.


What Are The Different Types Of Permanent Markers

different colors of markers

This water-based ink marker provides durability on complex surfaces such as glass, tile, ceramics, plastic, metal, and painted wood. It applies smoothly, and the ink dries quickly, so you don't have to worry about smudging. The cap is a little hard to open, however.

Another water-based ink marker gives excellent bold lines and coverage on various surfaces without bleeding through or fading over time. It comes in many colors, but they are more expensive than Sharpie markers. This brand also has lovely point tips that provide a clean, thin line.


What Permanent Marker Consist Of

This permanent marker is made of oil-based ink, so it provides extra-long durability on most surfaces. The opaque type of ink doesn't bleed through and transfers easily onto the surface. The tip is nice and chiseled for fine details and writing. Like Sharpie markers, this brand also has different sizes to fit your needs.

This marker is water-based like others, but it provides a glossy finish that lasts for years and quickly covers most nonporous surfaces such as glass, plastic, ceramics, brass, and more. In addition, it dries fast, so you don't have to worry about smearing or missing areas.


What Other Added Chemicals On Permanent Marker

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Permanent markers are made up of different ingredients. The primary ingredient in a permanent marker is usually oil-based paint. However, to make the idea that the marks do not come off, manufacturers add chemicals such as butane or alcohol to the paint used in their markers.

Because of these added chemicals, permanent markers can remove ink from some surfaces.

Most permanent markers are made from oil-based paints, but a few water-based markers on the market also exist, which can help write on certain materials. 

For example, if you want to write on an overhead projector or dry erase board marker, it may be good to use a water-based marker.


What Kind Of Permanent Marker We Should Avoid Of

There also exist a few permanent markers which are considered "industrial strength." They are usually used for writing on surfaces such as rubber or plastic, and they come with caution labels stating that the ink is flammable. 

Again, you should avoid using these in your home, but if you want to use them outdoors, then be sure to keep them away from your children.


What Are Common Types Of Permanent Markers

These include markers like 

  • Staedtler
  • Sanford
  • Prismacolor

They typically come in various colors; however, some are only available in one or two colors (usually black or blue).


What Are The Two Categories Of Permanent Markers

The two main categorizations of permanent markers distinguish between writing and drawing formulations. 

  1. Drawing Markers

Drawing markers have fine tips that produce narrow lines. These pens are ideal for doing intricate drawings and detail work. Pen manufacturers sometimes refer to the tip size by specifying it in millimeters – most often, 0.2, 0.3, or 0.4 mm is used for sketching work. 

The tips of writing pens tend to be slightly thicker than those designed for drawing and do not produce slim lines (something that you can't see with the naked eye).


  1. Water-resistant And Waterproof Markers

It is best if you also considered whether or not your permanent marker is washable. There are water-resistant and waterproof markers, but some of these pens may still be erased by simply wiping off the writing with a wet cloth or sponge. Waterproof ink generally remains on paper even if it gets wet (except for liquids that have chemicals or alcohols in them).

If you'd like to do window decoration, choose a permanent marker with an ink formula labeled as "fade-resistant." When these pens are used on store glass windows, no accidental fading will be caused by exposure to light. You can use permanent markers for writing and drawing. 


What To Remember In Using Permanent Marker

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You can choose from different colors and tip widths, but make sure that the pen is designed for your specific needs before purchasing it.

When considering what type of permanent marker to purchase, keep the following factors in mind: 

  • The tip size (the smaller the tip, the better for drawing) 
  • The type of ink formula used (some may be designed for writing while others are made for pictures) whether the pen is waterproof.
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