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Posted September 19, 2013 - 08:16 PM

As i get older, my eyes aren't what they used to be so ... i want to color in the engraved numbers & letters on my socket sets and wrenches. 

What materials & methods have you used? 
Do some colors work better than others? 

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Posted September 19, 2013 - 08:51 PM

I bought a set of Husky sockets at Home Depot for that very reason. Black sockets with nice bright numbers on them.

But since then I've admitted to myself that I need reading glasses and picked up a few pair It's nice to be able to read even the hardest to read wrenches and sockets now.

What really stinks is if I'm not wearing contacts, I can read even better then with reading glasses. Can't have both it seems. Bi focal contacts were thrown out, hated them.
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Posted September 19, 2013 - 09:07 PM

You might want to give these a try. Clean the sockets really well and they work very good. They stay on much better than you would think. They are cheap too.

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Posted September 20, 2013 - 05:47 AM

Here's a socket tray I have at home, great to take to where your working and easy to see if ones missing  , I marked with a Sharpie  between the regular and deep sockets with the sizes . It works well but after seeing those lables that Jack posted  I'm thinking on getting those too , it would make putting sockets away when you have both  say 13mm and 1/2 sockets out on the same job .



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Posted September 20, 2013 - 07:57 AM

I like the idea of those labels as well.  Thanks Jack.

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Posted September 20, 2013 - 08:11 AM

Good ideas both of you.

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Posted September 20, 2013 - 02:01 PM

I got a set of Craftsman 6 point deep sockets that came on a rack and each size was etched on the socket, real easy to see.

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Posted September 20, 2013 - 07:44 PM

it's not exactly what i was looking for but Jack's idea with those labels should do the trick ... 


please keep this thread going tho - i'd really like to fill in the etching/engraving with some color


thanks to the all of you with ideas/comments etc. 


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Posted September 20, 2013 - 08:57 PM

Years ago, building a house, one of the carpenters pulled out a framing square and wow!  You could see all the lines and numbers.  "How did you do that?"  It was something simple and within a couple of days, we could all read our squares.  You had to go over it now and then and now, about 25 years later, I can't remember what we did for the life of me.  I am thinking it may have been something like "wipe some paint on with a rag" and then immediately "wipe it back off with a clean paper towel." or something like this.  I Just can't remember. :wallbanging:


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Posted September 21, 2013 - 09:21 PM

Use a paint pen and wipe it off before it is completely dry. YYhe paint will stay in the engrgaaving and you will be able to read the numbers.



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Posted September 21, 2013 - 11:24 PM

I hate the laser etched sockets. When they are new they are great, but after getting some mileage on them you can't read them at all.



I will be using the paint trick on my other sockets though.