Will Sharpie Markers Work On Wood? 

Last updated on September 14th, 2022 at 09:53 pm

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Last updated on September 14th, 2022 at 09:53 pm

Sharpie markers have been around since 1964. These permanent markers write similar to how a pen would write but with a felt tip instead of a hard tip. 

The name Sharpie has quickly become synonymous with permanent markers. There is a Sharpie for just about anything that you might need it for. 

Sharpie comes in a variety of colors and tips. In the permanent marker category alone, Sharpie has 13 different varieties, that does not include all the different colors that you can find! 

With so many different types of Sharpies you might be wondering what all you can use it on.

Wood projects have become increasingly popular over the past few years. Pinterest is filled with craft projects using old pallets and scraps of wood that otherwise might be tossed aside. 

People really seem to enjoy the rustic vibe that wood signs and home decor give off. As we are heading into the holiday season people seem to craft a little more than they would during the warmer months. 

The cold often keeps people from venturing outdoors and they need to find something creative to do to spend their energy on. So, why not try your hand at a craft and create something to decorate your home with? 

First you have to find something that you want to try your hand at. 

Perhaps a simple countdown to Christmas sign or a decoration for a wedding, maybe you want to try to make a rustic checkerboard out of an old slab of wood. What will you use to create your masterpiece? Will the Sharpies that you have in the junk drawer work on the wood? 

Sharpie markers will work on wood. However, because wood has a porous nature there is a chance that the ink will bleed slightly. 

When using Sharpies on wood it is best to test a small section of the wood that you want to work on before you dive into your project. Find a small corner on the bottom of the wood that you want to use, a little section that nobody will see once your project is finished and test out the markers that you wish to use.

How Do I Prevent Sharpie From Bleeding On Wood? 

You’ve found the wood and the markers that you wish to use but now you are wondering how you can keep those Sharpie markers from bleeding into the grain of the wood. The answer is actually pretty simple and I am certain that you probably already have the supplies that you will need at home. 

To keep your Sharpie marker from bleeding into the grain of the wood all you need is some sandpaper and glue or clear varnish or paint. 

The first thing you need to do is sand down your wood. Once you have sanded it down be sure to wipe off all the dust particles that have been left behind on your wood. 

Now, if you are using a felt-tipped marker you can take your white glue and spread a thin layer across the wood. The glue will go on white so you can be sure to cover every inch of your wood but it will dry clear. 

Once it is dried you can write on the wood without the worry of the Sharpie bleeding. You can also use clear varnish or paint, if you are using a permanent marker this might be the best choice for you. 

Again, you need to make sure that you have sanded down your wood and removed all dust particles. You wouldn’t want to have any left behind for this next step as it would make your finished product a little messy in appearance. 

Once your wood has been cleaned off properly, you can simply blow the dust off and then wipe it down with a rag, you are now ready to put a light layer of clear varnish or paint on to the wood. 

You need to make sure that it is a light layer. Once that layer has dried you will want to put at least one more layer of clear varnish on. 

After the paint has dried you can now draw on the wood with your markers. 

How Do You Seal Sharpie On Wood?

You have finished your project and want to make sure that the sign will last for a long time. How do you keep the marker from fading? 

You can seal your finished project with a polyurethane sealer. Polyurethane is an oil or water-based plastic resin that is designed to coat wood or used as a wood finish. 

This sealant will protect your project from the weather and from water. It will also give it a nice polished finish look. There are several different types so you will want to make sure to get the right one for your desired look.

Varathane Water-based Ultimate Polyurethane will give a glossy finish to your project. This finish is intended for indoor use only, so if you are wanting to put your sign on the porch where it will be exposed to the elements then this is not the finish that you are looking for.

Minwax Water-based Protective Finish is a low odor sealer that gives a crystal-clear finish to your project. It has a fast-drying formula which will allow you to be able to put on a second coat within two hours. 

This finish gives great results on woods such as birch, maple, and ash.

Another indoor sealant is the Rust-Oleum Triple Thick Polyurethane. This product is thick enough that you will not need to give it a second coat. It has a matte finish when it is dried. 

It dries within two hours and since it is water-based it makes for an easy cleanup should you spill any.

If you are searching for a polyurethane finish that can withstand the elements then you will find that in TotalBoat Gleam Marine Spar Varnish. This product works on everything from boats to outdoor furniture and garage doors. 

This finish does have an amber tint to it, so if you want a clear finish for your project then you will want to stay away from this finish.

If you need a clear finish that can also hold its own against the weather then you will want Deft Interior Exterior Water-based Polyurethane. This finish will not only hold up against the weather but has a UV protection to help keep your project from fading in the sun. 

This can be used on projects intended for indoor and outdoor use, you can even use this in marine settings. It has a quick dry time of two hours and has a clear satin finish.

Now that you know what you need to use your Sharpies on wood you can tackle that project you have been wanting to do.

Last updated on September 14th, 2022 at 09:53 pm

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