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removing markings
« on: September 19, 2016, 02:51:23 AM »
I'm curious about how you all deal with removing markers on fabric?

I mark most fabric with a Fons & Porter pen and one similar to that made by Prym. Most of the time, leaving those marks is not a problem and gives that "tailored" look :-) But I've had instances where i wanted to remove all markings and have a really clean product. But I find removing them with a wet rag quite a "problem". I can't actually get rid of them quickly. Especially molle-lines...And spending too much time on cleaning sucks balls.



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Re: removing markings
« Reply #1 on: September 19, 2016, 03:57:06 AM »
In the most cases I'm still using classic chalk and I'm removing it (if needed) with a brush.
I tryed som Prym-Markers but in Cordura etc they didn't work very well for me.

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Re: removing markings
« Reply #2 on: September 19, 2016, 06:37:02 AM »
We use air compressor. With pistol-like handle, it removes chalk very fast

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Re: removing markings
« Reply #3 on: September 19, 2016, 09:36:51 AM »
If you want to get real effective, use steam (as in an iron, but don't iron your gear..).

Stream removes chalk, wax and pretty much all other common fabric marking techniques in the apparel world. Never tried it on high denier Cordura but I don't see why it shouldn't work.


Also, do smaller marks. You don't need a solid line for PALS rows, just mark the top and bottom of where stitches start, and a very short line to line it all up.
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Re: removing markings
« Reply #4 on: September 19, 2016, 10:15:14 AM »
I use a lead pencil to make small marks and don't bother to remove them, this thread makes me feel a bit guilty about that. They do fade pretty fast though. I tried using chalk, but it gets everywhere. For the coated side of cordura I use a blue sharpie.
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Re: removing markings
« Reply #5 on: September 19, 2016, 11:04:30 AM »
good points! thanx..I'll try the minimalistic markings approach first for sure.

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Re: removing markings
« Reply #6 on: September 19, 2016, 11:21:20 AM »
I use a lead pencil as wel. Sharpen the point real fine. And then i sew over the markings. And they are not visible anymore. Works great on everything except black cordura (obviously)

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Re: removing markings
« Reply #7 on: September 19, 2016, 11:33:29 PM »
I use a chalk marker to mark out my Molle and buckle placement.
I use a small Shop Vac to clean it off followed by a damp rag for the stubborn stuff.
I have used an air compressor before, and it works quite well, but I don't like adding chalk dust to my workspace. I use a lot of clear vinyl for one of my products and I wipe down all flat surfaces with a moist rag before I start. I have found that it is much easier cleaning the shop ahead of the job rather than cleaning a bunch of finished product.
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