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Marking paddles

Posted: Mon Jul 24, 2017 4:59 pm
by Jonathan.
On Saturday i nearly lost a pair of new VE paddles when I left them on a Studland beach. Lucky for me, one of our group spotted them and I got them back. But it has reminded me that I need to mark them with my name and so on.

So I wonder what people use that will survive sea water and show up on black blades?

Re: Marking paddles

Posted: Mon Jul 24, 2017 5:18 pm
by Franky
Silver permanent marker. I've only been in the sea once since marking my paddle, but the ink survived.

After a while I suppose the ink will wash off, but I don't think it would happen suddenly.

Re: Marking paddles

Posted: Mon Jul 24, 2017 6:15 pm
by MikeB
Have you access to a label printer? Used this for years - just my name and ph number - works well and has certainly survived constant immersion.

Re: Marking paddles

Posted: Mon Jul 24, 2017 7:42 pm
by Jonathan.
Not heard of label printers before.

Wonder if that's something I'd find in a local printshop. If not, then it seem a silver indelible marker is my best option..

Thanks both

Re: Marking paddles

Posted: Mon Jul 24, 2017 9:40 pm
by Franky
Last time I looked, you could get label printers in any decent stationer - Ryland, Smiths etc. No need to go to a specialist shop.

I use a label printer to label music USB sticks. After a year or two, the white label turns brown and the text becomes difficult to read, but maybe this doesn't happen with more expensive ones.

Re: Marking paddles

Posted: Mon Jul 24, 2017 10:33 pm
by John K
I've been using Toughtags for a few months now and they still look like they did on day 1. Super sticky, super tough.

https://toughtags.co.uk

Re: Marking paddles

Posted: Tue Jul 25, 2017 11:09 am
by MikeB
Franky wrote:
Mon Jul 24, 2017 9:40 pm

I use a label printer to label music USB sticks. After a year or two, the white label turns brown and the text becomes difficult to read, but maybe this doesn't happen with more expensive ones.
I guess it's like printer cartridges. I've yet to find a non-genuine one that actually works properly. I use genuine tape in my Brother machine - they do an "extra strong adhesive" version. The tape on my paddles has been there now for at least 5 years, still fine.

Re: Marking paddles

Posted: Tue Jul 25, 2017 3:53 pm
by nippon
I spray paint the edges of the blades. Then write over the top with permanent marker.

Can colour code with your boat and if you change colour coding just repaint.

Also helps black paddles stand out if dropped in white water.

Re: Marking paddles

Posted: Tue Jul 25, 2017 9:48 pm
by Jim
Black permanent marker is a different shade to carbon, it shows up fine if you look for it, but is discrete if you aren't lookign for it.

Re: Marking paddles

Posted: Wed Jul 26, 2017 6:46 pm
by GrahamC
I use a label printer and then paint a layer of clear epoxy over the top.
The only way to remove it is using sandpaper.

Re: Marking paddles

Posted: Wed Jul 26, 2017 8:26 pm
by grahamt1980
I used permanent marker on my ve paddles.
You can definitely see it, but it is quite nice and discrete too

Re: Marking paddles

Posted: Mon Aug 21, 2017 12:51 pm
by Robert Craig
MikeB wrote:
Mon Jul 24, 2017 6:15 pm
Have you access to a label printer? Used this for years - just my name and ph number - works well and has certainly survived constant immersion.
Works well for me - I use a Dymo label writer