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Need a white pen or marker for drawing whitewalls

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    May, 2017
Need a white pen or marker for drawing whitewalls
Posted by RX-777 on Monday, May 22, 2017 10:46 AM

I'm trying to use a plastic circle template to draw the whitewalls on my tires. I tried a Sharpie extra-fine white paint marker, but the line was not crisp and some of the ink bled under the template. Can anyone suggest a white pen/marker for this purpose? Thanks.

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    August, 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Monday, May 22, 2017 1:10 PM

Welcome to the forum RX-777!  The pen you are asking about is called a Gelly Roll pen and you will want to get the white pen.  The Gelly Roll pen can be found at Hobby Lobby, AC Moore, or Michael's.  The white dries fairly quickly and must be of an acylic ink.  I tried the red pens to make red line tires and the ink ran and did not dry.  Any other color is put, so be sure to get the white.

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    February, 2009
  • From: Galloway, Ohio
Posted by Repstock on Monday, May 22, 2017 1:11 PM

I use Gelly white gel pens. Once the white dries, I overcoat with clear flat lacquer. It takes some practice, but when done right it's hard to tell they're not tampo printed.

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    May, 2017
Posted by RX-777 on Monday, May 22, 2017 2:04 PM
Thanks! I'm going to give that a try!
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    October, 2008
Posted by oldcarguy on Monday, May 29, 2017 11:18 AM


 This is right on .I have been using Fabric Paint " ( For do-it-yourself " T " shirts and other clothing ) .They have worked alright for me .Remember I prefer bone stock older wide -walls .  O.C.G.

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    December, 2003
  • From: Menasha, Wisconsin
Posted by mcmainstribe on Monday, May 29, 2017 12:00 PM

I have had some luck with an indelible ink marker.  It takes a couple coats, but dries quickly and looks good.

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