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John D · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Nov 2010 · Points: 10

I use trango rack tags, they're pre-cut and they last 3-4 seasons. Also they don't leave messy adhesive like electrical tape.

Joe Palma · · Stouffville, Ontario · Joined Feb 2011 · Points: 35

Ditto on the Trango rack tags for biners and nuts. Lasts much better than electrical tape. Paint markers on other gear.

John Husky · · Unknown Hometown · Joined May 2011 · Points: 5

Um? Sharpie much? In the groove. Where the hell are you guys from?

Wes Goulding · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Sep 2010 · Points: 10

Purple spray paint. It's Fast.
Don't spray over any joint or moving part.
Use purple nail polish on the TAG of your soft slings.

My .02

Wes

Now that I do this my rack doesn't grow as fast as it used to. :)

Keithb00ne Boone · · Las Vegas, NV · Joined Jul 2013 · Points: 110

I am really concerned that I hear people are marking their equipment with nail polish and spray paint. These contain acetone, butane and other harmful solvents. These will make nylon brittle and weak. You will never be able to completely control over spray with an aerosol paint and nail polish should never be used on a sling. Even when used in what you may consider a safe spot, the nylon will actually wick the acetone into other critical areas.

Nail polish or colored marker used carefully on NON MOVEABLE METAL PARTS ONLY would be ok. Slings are cheap and should be replaced often. Don't mark them or get a rope marker.

Greg J · · Colorado · Joined Aug 2013 · Points: 0
dmb wrote:I just bought some of these: toughtags.co.uk/ Hopefully they'll last longer than electrical tape.
Those are pretty sweet, anyone know of a US vendor that sells something similar?
dave wave · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jan 2011 · Points: 25

Nail polish=no litter

Just keep it away from your webbing.

Brent Butcher · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Nov 2010 · Points: 275

Identitape

Capt. Impatient · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jul 2012 · Points: 0

I started a post similar to this. And was wondering about TESTORS enamel paint ( like for model cars) any thoughts?

Optimistic · · New Paltz · Joined Aug 2007 · Points: 289

I used something like this a while back (5 or 6 years, at least) and the marks are still there, although starting to fade a bit. They come in lots of colors. As others have said, I wouldn't mark webbing with it, just metal. Although I was able to mark the white lettering on the LABEL of my runners (turning the lettering orange and green), so I marked them that way.
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5.samadhi · · asheville · Joined Jul 2013 · Points: 40
Keithb00ne wrote:I am really concerned that I hear people are marking their equipment with nail polish and spray paint. These contain acetone, butane and other harmful solvents. These will make nylon brittle and weak. You will never be able to completely control over spray with an aerosol paint and nail polish should never be used on a sling. Even when used in what you may consider a safe spot, the nylon will actually wick the acetone into other critical areas. Nail polish or colored marker used carefully on NON MOVEABLE METAL PARTS ONLY would be ok. Slings are cheap and should be replaced often. Don't mark them or get a rope marker.
are you also nervous about people crossing the street?
CTdave · · Victor, Id. · Joined Apr 2013 · Points: 216

I just use the blood from my knuckles after a hard finger or hand crack. Cheap and easy. And if it needs touching up I just get on another hard finger/hand crack without tape. If theres ever a dispute over whos gear is whos I just bring it the lab. The HIV+ gear is mine :)

T.J. Esposito · · San Diego, CA · Joined May 2011 · Points: 85

This. (Usually locked up with the rest of the graffiti stuff like spray paints) Sharpie Oil-Based Paint Marker

15 colors, the sun fades them a little but paint in grooves or over stamped markings and it stays on for quite some time!

Andrew Leaf · · Portland, OR · Joined Aug 2017 · Points: 0
Greg J wrote: I just bought some of these: toughtags.co.uk/ Hopefully they'll last longer than electrical tape. Those are pretty sweet, anyone know of a US vendor that sells something similar?

https://www.tagyourgear.com/

Christian Wagner · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Sep 2017 · Points: 0

I use a small letter punch made for stamping metal for my carabiners and nuts. Leaves a light indent in the anodization. It’s permanent and doesn’t hurt the biner.

Im getting tired of seeing little bits of colored tape on belay ledges or at ge base of crags. Don’t use tape at least use nail polish. 

Hobo Greg · · My Van · Joined Mar 2016 · Points: 175
Jon H wrote: I used to use electrical tape, but it eventually wears off and litters. I hate seeing little bits of blue/green/yelllow etc tape floating around, especially in the alpine. Now I use nail polish (same colors as I was using with tape, orange and blue) but it wears off waaay faster. I figure electrical tape lasted 2-3 seasons (for me, maybe 50-70 climbing days?) on biners, more on cams. Nail polish needs to be touched up every 15-20 days. Still looking for a better solution.

Where are you marking your gear? Mine lasts years of almost every day use.

Darren Mabe · · Flagstaff, AZ · Joined Dec 2002 · Points: 3,830

I whittle three notches into the spine of each biner and stem of each cam

Hal Tucker · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Feb 2018 · Points: 0
Stanley Conway wrote: I have put adhesive reflective tape on virtually every type of plastic surface known to man with no adverse affects whatsoever.  I use a stretchable engineer grade reflective film on my helmets.  It conforms to rounded surfaces much like electrical tape would.  I buy it from Reflective Store.  Last time I checked they had 7or 8 colors.

You joined the site to reply to a 5 year old thread to spam your business? Party foul

Ira O · · Hardwick, VT · Joined Sep 2013 · Points: 66

Not all nail polish is created equal. I've found that splurging and buying the more expensive kind is worthwhile... I've had some that lasted years, whereas some cheap stuff I got came off in a few weeks. 

Buck Rio · · MN · Joined Jul 2015 · Points: 0
Darren Mabe wrote: I whittle three notches into the spine of each biner and stem of each cam

I use bleach and/or battery acid to dye the slings, so I know which ones are mine.

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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