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    Default Sharpie Poster Paint Markers for queen marking?

    Does anyone use Sharpie Poster Paint Markers for marking their queens? I've seen these, when doing internet searches for paint markers that might work well for queen marking, especially since they are water based, acid free, opaque paints, and come in, "white", "fluorescent yellow", "fluorescent blue", "fluorescent green", and "fluorescent pink". I was hoping to find someone who has already tried these markers and has some experienced input. I've been using the Uni-Posca markers, and they work quite well, but thought the fluorescent colors might be even easier to spot in a crowded hive.
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    Default Re: Sharpie Poster Paint Markers for queen marking?

    Testors model paint has a huge assortment of colors. A $2 bottle will last you the whole season...unless you spill it.

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    Default Re: Sharpie Poster Paint Markers for queen marking?

    I use Sharpie paint markers with great success. They hold longer and more permanently than any other queen marker, IMO.

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    Default Re: Sharpie Poster Paint Markers for queen marking?

    Just this year I have switched from Uni-Posca to Sharpie Paint Markers. So far, so good. The paint makes have held up well and they are much cheaper too.

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    Default Re: Sharpie Poster Paint Markers for queen marking?

    To those who have already tried these - thanks for sharing your experiences, here, in this thread.

    I'm thinking of using this Sharpie Poster Paint Medium Point Fluorescent Pink Marker for next year -->



    I'm thinking that using acid free, water based, opaque paint, especially in fluorescent colors, may be a step up from non-fluorescent colors.

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    They also come in fluorescent yellow, fluorescent blue, and fluorescent green. I don't thing I've ever heard of fluorescent white.
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    Default Re: Sharpie Poster Paint Markers for queen marking?

    Sorry Joseph, but it turns out that the sharpie I'm using is the oil-based marker. Here's a link

    http://www.sharpie.com/enus/pages/oi...nt-marker.aspx

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    Default Re: Sharpie Poster Paint Markers for queen marking?

    I was using a similar marker to the latex Sharpie earlier this summer. The fluorescent green was easy to spot but the paint just didn't last well. Two queens I marked twice with the latex and finally went back to testors to mark them last week. The latex just looked like it wore off gradually. Hoping the Sharpie brand lasts better.

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    Default Re: Sharpie Poster Paint Markers for queen marking?

    AstroBee,
    Do the oil-based markers take very long to dry? That's my largest concern whenever I look into using them. A lesser concern is if they have an odor that the bees take exception to, though still a concern.
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    Default Re: Sharpie Poster Paint Markers for queen marking?

    Jo Ann Fabrique sells marker pencils by Elmer's (like a glue company). THey work very well, no complaints at all.

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    Default Re: Sharpie Poster Paint Markers for queen marking?

    Quote Originally Posted by Joseph Clemens View Post
    AstroBee,
    Do the oil-based markers take very long to dry? That's my largest concern whenever I look into using them. A lesser concern is if they have an odor that the bees take exception to, though still a concern.
    They seem to dry quickly and I haven't noticed any odor. Queens seem totally unaffected and accepted without issue.

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    Default Re: Sharpie Poster Paint Markers for queen marking?

    Quote Originally Posted by Joseph Clemens View Post
    To those who have already tried these - thanks for sharing your experiences, here, in this thread.

    I'm thinking of using this Sharpie Poster Paint Medium Point Fluorescent Pink Marker for next year -->

    I'm thinking that using acid free, water based, opaque paint, especially in fluorescent colors, may be a step up from non-fluorescent colors.
    ---
    They also come in fluorescent yellow, fluorescent blue, and fluorescent green. I don't thing I've ever heard of fluorescent white.
    The tip on these might be too coarse and get messy.
    Otherwise they sound great.

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    P.S. Regarding Mike Palmer's post, I always manage to spill my paint...last season I got it all over my veil and shoes on a busy afternoon.
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    Default Re: Sharpie Poster Paint Markers for queen marking?

    Quote Originally Posted by AstroBee View Post
    Sorry Joseph, but it turns out that the sharpie I'm using is the oil-based marker. Here's a link

    http://www.sharpie.com/enus/pages/oi...nt-marker.aspx


    Here's a more direct link to the oil-based sharpie that I use: http://www.sharpie.com/enUS/Pages/oi...ium-point.aspx
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