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Re: When label doesn't help much...

Post by rreynolds » Wed Jul 10, 2019 1:08 am

My Sharpie ink fades within a year, and I've noticed that the labels of some of my seedlings in a zip bag only three months have already started to fade. I started using pencil, preferably #2 or darker.
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Re: When label doesn't help much...

Post by el48tel » Wed Jul 10, 2019 7:40 am

My grandfather always used aluminium labels and a pencil for his prize winning dahlias and chrysanthemums which grew in full sun. Fully reusable labels which were recyclable when they ultimately became brittle.
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Re: When label doesn't help much...

Post by el48tel » Wed Jul 10, 2019 1:07 pm

Ryman office supplies have packs of Sharpies on half price sale
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Re: When label doesn't help much...

Post by Smel » Wed Jul 10, 2019 3:47 pm

Hi,
I have a Rotring pen must be 10 years old and still has ink in it and working. But i used it for drawing work not on my lables, but I might just give it a try.... I think the tip! is 0.5mm in size.
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Re: When label doesn't help much...

Post by Chez2 » Wed Jul 10, 2019 4:35 pm

Have you tried putting it on a copier / printer /scanner? I once blanked something out with marker pen then scribbles over it with a ball point but the scanner could still pick the original wording up.
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Re: When label doesn't help much...

Post by Eric Williams » Wed Jul 10, 2019 4:36 pm

Hi Smel, I think you are right, Rene,s label writing compares with the lettering you have shown. Cheers
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Re: When label doesn't help much...

Post by RogerF » Wed Jul 10, 2019 10:33 pm

Rene used a Rotring Rapidograph, I understand.
I prefer a Pentel 209 mechanical pencil with a 2B lead, quick, easy and doesn't fade.
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Re: When label doesn't help much...

Post by Chris L » Thu Jul 11, 2019 8:08 am

Chez2 wrote:
Wed Jul 10, 2019 4:35 pm
Have you tried putting it on a copier / printer /scanner? I once blanked something out with marker pen then scribbles over it with a ball point but the scanner could still pick the original wording up.
That's what I've done with my faded labels in conjunction with the brightness/contrast adjustments.

Might explain why I couldn't pull anything out of this label.
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