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Setting Permanent Marker on Clothes?

This is the last week of school for me and I'm gonna have people sign my jeans, but if I wash them the Sharpie will come out. I need to know to get the ink to set so that it will be there for a while and not wash out after the 1st or 6th wash. I can't get out to get some special fabric ones, so help please!

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By Kitty H.

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May 23, 20120 found this helpful

What a great idea!

Have you thought about going over the Sharpie signatures with fabric paint after your friends sign the jeans?

You can buy it at stores in the US like Michael's HobbyLobby, JoAnn Fabrics, and other craft stores. You used to be able to buy it at WalMart but most of the stores have really cut back on their craft departments.

Read the labels and directions carefully-several companies make a machine washable line of fabric paints, the paints come in gorgeous colours, some even sparkle and 'puff'.

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January 15, 20180 found this helpful

What about covering it with clear nail polish AFTER it's dried? I have the hardest time getting it out of fabric so TRY IT OUT FIRST ON SOMETHING ELSE and see if it works. Tip: You don't want to get water based inks. Make sure they say permanent ink or fabric. If you mess up, you can use the cheapest hairspray available (NOT YOUR MOTHER'S) to remove ink. Salt and cold water sets ink to make it more permanent.

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Then you will want to wash the item in cold so it will last longer. Just because it says it's permanent, doesn't mean it always will remain permanent but if you take precautions then you can slow fading down. I love dying something old a new color! People think I bought something new and yeah I did, the ink!

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January 15, 20180 found this helpful

What about covering it with clear nail polish AFTER it's dried? I have the hardest time getting it out of fabric when I spill it! FIRST TRY THIS OUT ON SOMETHING REALLY OLD, NOT WEARABLE TO SEE IF IT WORKS. This is in case the polish may smear the ink or paint you use because they're not all the same. Tip: You don't want to get water based inks. Make sure they say permanent ink or fabric ink.

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If you mess up your design, you can use the cheapest hairspray available (NOT YOUR MOTHER'S) to remove ink. If you only have a small spot to correct, find a ROUND, not flat, coffee stirrer (looks like a small straw) and attach it to the hairspray nozzle. FIRST I recommend that you test it on something else before using it on your design! A small oops is better than a huge OMG! ;)

Salt and cold water sets ink to make it more permanent. Then you will want to wash the item in cold so it will last longer. Just because it says it's permanent, doesn't mean it always will remain permanent but if you take precautions then you can slow fading down. I love dying something old a new color! People think I bought something new and yeah I did, the ink!

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February 14, 20200 found this helpful

I know from using the combination on other projects that nail polish and Sharpie don't work well together. The Sharpie dissolves a bit and smears.

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I would guess it might do the same on cloth but I haven't tried it yet.

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May 24, 20120 found this helpful

I don't know what kind of sharpies you use, but I have gotten accidental marks on my clothing that have NEVER washed out after numerous washing.

I had been using the brand name Sharpie (the expensive ones. I know you can get knock offs that have that name). I do use Sharpies to mark names on t-shirt necks that have stayed also. Sometimes alcohol will get some of the ink out, so stay away from that.

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June 17, 20190 found this helpful

Hey the sharpie your talking about. I stole mine from my sisterX3 but getting to the point, what if I don't know what it cost? all I know is what it says says this

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"Sharpie Permanet Maker Ultra Fine Point ACMI AP Conforms to ASTM D-4236 Assembled in USA"

Please answer asap ty

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May 24, 20122 found this helpful

You can also hand stitch/embroider the signatures. I have a linen tablecloth from long, long ago that quests would sign and were embroidered over each signature. It looks really cool and you can use whatever color embroidery thread you would like for each signature. Yes, it's time consuming but it's worth it and a piece of artwork that cannot be washed away no matter what and will defintely last for your lifetime and beyond :-)

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May 12, 20170 found this helpful

what a beautiful and original idea

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