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Bill B
(bill123) - MLife
Writing On Polyethylene Bottles on 09/19/2007 11:13:21 MDT Print View

I use a Nalgene bottle marker (sold here) to write on poly bottles, but alcohol, bug dope, sunscreen, etc. wipes the ink off. Is there a more permanent solution? Is there a clear liquid that can be painted on over the ink to seal it?

todd h
(funnymoney) - MLife

Locale: SE
Another option on 09/19/2007 12:58:29 MDT Print View

Clear silicone ?might? work.....but I know Scotch tape over your writing WILL work.

Steven Evans
(Steve_Evans) - MLife

Locale: Canada
Un-removable on 09/19/2007 13:07:07 MDT Print View

Paint marker from your local model store...nail polish...

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Indelible Mark on 09/19/2007 14:01:57 MDT Print View

Whatever it is that REI uses to mark ugly X'es on their garage sale items -- those will never come off!!!

Edited by ben2world on 09/19/2007 14:13:30 MDT.

Nat Lim
(LithiumMetalman) - F

Locale: Cesspool Central!
a black sharpie? on 09/19/2007 18:31:34 MDT Print View

When I was in lab we used to own Nalgene's lab bottles, containers (similar to Nalegene's soft bottles)and cell culture flasks. We found that marking them with a black sharpie yielded the best results of sticking. We did not have any problems with the ink fading from autoclaving, washing, alcohol sprays (70% and 95% ETOH) or soaking. Hope this helps!

Edited by LithiumMetalman on 09/19/2007 18:32:22 MDT.

Mike Barney
(eaglemb) - F

Locale: AZ, the Great Southwest!
REI not so Indelible Mark on 09/19/2007 18:32:06 MDT Print View

I've run int the same problem including just general abrasion and rubbing causing markings to come off of various plastic containers. I've used a Carters 'permanent marker' and covered it with clear strapping tape with very good success.

The most robust markings I've had put on Nalgene's was with a branding iron. You could do the same with a soldering iron, just don't go too deep. They won't come off.

To the subject above, I've seen a product called Amodex clean off every REI "X" sans 1.


Edited by eaglemb on 09/19/2007 18:34:18 MDT.

Bill B
(bill123) - MLife
Thanks on 09/19/2007 19:37:05 MDT Print View

Thanks for the replies!