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Re: [Shop-talk] Blackening sockets/wrenches stamped markings.

To: "Peter J. Thomas" <>, Shop Talk <>
Subject: Re: [Shop-talk] Blackening sockets/wrenches stamped markings.
From: Brian Kemp <>
Date: Wed, 24 Sep 2014 16:36:51 -0700
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Depending on the depth of the markings, you may just be able to wipe in 
some paint.  First clean well with paint thinner and let dry. Then paint 
in the markings and wipe off with a paper towel.  If you wipe too much 
out of the grooves, try one of the blue shop towel type of paper towel 
around a piece of wood so it doesn't go in the grooves (think sanding 
block).  This also works for the hard to see timing marks on the front 
of an engine, except with white paint.

You can use black for standard and red for metric.


On 9/24/2014 9:58 AM, Peter J. Thomas wrote:
> I have a lot of various sockets and wrenches that have stamped 
> markings which are hard to read when your under the car with low 
> lighting.  I wondering if anyone has "blackened" their tools to make 
> the markings more readable, similar to the etched easy to read 
> sockets.  I was thinking either use liquid electrical tape or gun 
> blueing.  Not sure either would be durable on a chromed tool. Has 
> anyone done this?
> Peter T.
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