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    Question on Highlighting Socket/Tool Sizes

    Stupid question time. I'm looking for some paste or other to smear into the size engraving on sockets, etc. A gunsmith I knew had some gold paste he put on gun engraving for the Smith mark, or makers mark. Any ideas? My eyes sometimes have a hard time seeing the size markings in my dim garage.

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    Would a magic marker work? Mark the area and then wipe. The color might stay down in the engraving. Maybe nail polish would work also.
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    I've used Testor's enamel paint before with OK results. The problem is many of the tools are marked with such shallow engravings it doesn't last well.
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    Do the sockets stay in the garage? Or do you cart them around every.
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    I have the same problem and I put mine in holders that have more clear markings, these are similar to what I use. I just take rack out if I need more then 1 size to work with.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Radsbee View Post
    I have the same problem and I put mine in holders that have more clear markings, these are similar to what I use. I just take rack out if I need more then 1 size to work with.
    I have a couple of those but they only fit in my larger deep drawer. I also need to make up my ocean tool kit and those dont work well in a bag.



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    Good point. The only thing I can think of would be some form of permanent marker like one of the others said. There are some plastic dip or spray but I think that may just cover it up. What about engraving a larger fraction on the socket?
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    Mine weren’t quite as organized as yours so I what I did was take a piece of 1x4x4 and mounted it to a convenient place in the shop. I found the longest finishing nail I could find and that would hold each socket. Then I wrote the size on the board right above the socket.
    If I’m not sure of the size I need, I just grab what I think it is plus the size above and below.
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    You can try and paint them but as mentioned the engraving isn't very deep. Also they are typically chromed and paint won't stick to it very well. So you will likely be redoing it from time to time.
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