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Refillable Paint Pen

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You can buy oil based paint pens that work quite well as an opaque - one coat medium, however they run out after approximately 2-3 square meters. I suggest a refillable paint pen, that has on one end the nib - which is essentially a fiberous 'texta' material that applies the liquid, and on the other end a cap which you simply take off to add the oil based liquid.

This idea is similar to the refillable fine point pens but there is nothing i have found which is available for more thicker oil based markers. In my artwork I am constantly faced with having to buy numerous pens at inflated prices, when a refillable alternative would be far preferrable - especially with other colours etc.

The paint pen (Artline 400 series here in Australia) is an excellent tool for black lines at maximum opacity - but wastage is a prime concern.

benfrost, Dec 05 2001

Twice Baked - Refillable Felt-Tip Dispenser Bottle Thingy http://www.ijfisnar...tion=disppens&ID=88
An empty bottle with replaceable felt tip and valve assy. Relatively cheap from a good manufacturer of cheap, reliable dispensing equipment. Some of it is pretty darned cool. (COMMERCIAL LINK) [quarterbaker, Dec 05 2001]


       [UB] "That's about how long it's been since the family sold the sawmill." I don't know why but this reminds me of the plot of a classic film or two. Giant or Gone with the Wind or a Fistful of Beans.
po, Dec 05 2001

       is Petersealey endorsed by google to promote their site on this one?
kaz, Dec 05 2001

       If you read my idea, you will note that i am looking for an *oil based* paint pen. Ink is unsuitable for my requirements as it primarily works on a principle of absorbtion into the surface you are marking. The last product on petersealy's link looks interesting, but again it says it is ink.   

       I guess the point of my idea is an enamel oil based refillable applicator with interchangeable nibs, cleaning tool, reusable balls (the one that you hear when you shake the pen) with a cap on the end of it where you would pour in the liquid paint.   

       From using the normal types of paint pens, I have come to the conclusion that the liquid is not standard enamel that one would find from a can - as I have in fact made an attempt to cut the top off a marker and pour paint into it. Perhaps it is just the consistency - but the maker of this idea would in theory sell the correct mix/consistency/derivative of normal enamel for use in the refills of this pen.   

       Paint application I find is one of the trickiest things in art making and is the basis of good/bad technique. The paintbrush I feel is somewhat flawed in that you have to keep dipping/refilling the end with paint, however it is necessary for blending gradients etc if required.
benfrost, Dec 07 2001

       I don't think those enamel pens (the metallic ones) use a felt nib at all, rather, I think they use an applicator which is a tube with a little valve in the middle. When you press down on the writing surface the valve stem is forced back and the paint is released around the stem and onto the surface.
bristolz, Dec 07 2001

       there is a felt nib on the thicker ones.
benfrost, Dec 08 2001

       Bristolz: I have a metallic silver paint pen...it's enamel with small but visible metallic aluminum flakes in it, and a felt tip. So this should work, he just wants a different sort of paint.   

       I had a bottle of silver paint from the same manufacturer <Testors, both model paint> and they were identical as far as I could tell; the marker might have been a little less thick than the bottled paint, but it was impossible to tell what had been painted with which once they were dry.
StarChaser, Dec 08 2001

       Is it really a wicking nib, though? By this, I mean, do you think that the paint is conducted through the fibers of the nib, like an ink-based pen, or, rather, does the nib conduct the paint down along the exterior surface of the nib? Seesm lke the metallic flake (mylar?) would get hopelessly hung if it were wicked through the nib.
Also, the gel-type metallic pens don't have a nib at all. They use a ball, or roller, point.
bristolz, Dec 08 2001

       I had to 'sharpen' it once when the end got fuzzy, and it seemed to be silver all the way through. I thought the same as you, that it wouldn't work like that, but it seems to.   

       The bits are aluminum, not mylar. Mylar is only shiny when it's been aluminumized...
StarChaser, Dec 09 2001


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