Marker for writing on nearly any surface: All about the uses of universal pens
There are situations where you need pens for very special purposes: whether it’s writing on laundry labels, putting the right plant names on flowerpots in the garden or making sure the right artist’s name ends up on the CD you burned at home. This calls for pens with particular properties and ink that adheres well to special surfaces, whether it’s paper, wood or glass. If you use universal pens, whatever you write will be permanently smudge-proof and waterproof on almost all surfaces. These versatile writing implements open up a whole array of new possibilities. In the following, we would like to describe the various uses of universal pens in more detail.
Universal pens are a special kind of marker that can be used to write and draw on nearly all surfaces. The ink used by these versatile products is the secret to their success:
- Dries within seconds
- Does not smudge
- Adheres easily even to smooth backgrounds
This makes universal pens genuine all-rounders for a wide variety of uses. These handy surface experts are available in all sorts of designs:
Permanent markers are suitable for nearly all applications where there is a risk that the ink will smudge on a smooth background or could come into contact with moisture. Permanent markers are not only smudge-proof but also water-resistant, making them suitable for outdoor uses as well. You can use their high-quality permanent ink on nearly any surface. Additionally, the colours in these waterproof markers are light-resistant and retain their brilliant colour for a long time.
Non-permanent markers adhere just as well to smooth surfaces as permanent markers. However, non-permanent markers use water-soluble ink. This makes these universal pens particularly excellent for all uses where the ink on a surface needs to be smudge-proof but shouldn’t be permanent, for instance overhead markers for overhead projector transparencies. These correctable pens can be removed from smooth surfaces at any time without leaving any residue.
Whether permanent or non-permanent, universal pens can be used to write and draw on nearly all surfaces where fineliners, fibre-tipped pens and conventional felt pens would fail immediately. Users of these practical all-round talents can benefit from a whole range of possible applications. The following backgrounds are generally not a problem for universal pens:
Universal pens are available with various line thicknesses, depending on whether you prefer fine writing or thicker script that is easily legible from a distance. The markers are available with round tips or chisel tips. Products with chisel tips offer the advantage that the stroke width varies depending on how you hold the pen in your hand while writing. Since universal pens are also smudge-proof, they are an optimal choice for lefties.
School, university and office:
Non-permanent universal pens are the perfect companions for school, university and the office. In the blink of an eye, they can write on overhead transparencies for presentations or laminated documents. This makes them an optimal choice for use with overhead projectors. They are a practical option, not just because of their quick-drying ink, but also because they are correctable with or without liquid and can be wiped off without residue whenever you want. This applies to non-permanent overhead markers and whiteboard markers, for instance.
Garden and outdoors:
Permanent universal pens with waterproof ink are an ideal choice for use outdoors, and offer brilliant colours as well. Weatherproof black permanent markers are light-resistant, guaranteeing that their writing remains legible for years despite wind and weather or strong sunlight. For instance, they are particularly excellent for writing on flowerpots or plant tags. This will let you easily keep an eye on everything you have planted.
CDs, DVDs and Blu-rays:
Special offer universal pens are ideal for use as CD pens, or for DVDs and Blu-rays. Since they have an extra-soft tip, they can be used to label the sensitive surfaces of storage media without any risk of damage. The ink of these special markers is not able to bleed into the data storage layer.
Clothes and fabric:
To prevent the possibility of mixing up jackets and shoes in kindergartens, schools and workplaces, it can be advisable to write on clothes tags. Permanent universal pens can also be used as fabric pens thanks to their waterproof ink. They can generally withstand multiple wash cycles.
Industry and technology:
Universal pens are also an optimal choice for writing on X-ray images. Since these markers don’t fade or smudge on special film, X-ray images can be organised easily at any time. For model-making, these special markers are also indispensable for marking metals, plastics or silicon. They also adhere optimally to surfaces with special coatings. That’s why opticians who need to mark nano-coated glasses opt for our “permanent special” pens in particular.
Leisure and hobby:
For leisure activities and hobbies, universal pens can also be used in a variety of ways. Versatile permanent markers achieve fantastic results on nearly any kind of background.
For universal pens to fully satisfy all these requirements and deliver impressive results on nearly any surface, they need to offer exceptionally high standards in quality, durability and reliability. This is the case for STAEDTLER pens from the Lumocolor range. The following overview shows which STAEDTLER markers achieve the best results for each particular use:
This marker allows you to write on paper without the ink bleeding through.
This permanent marker can be used to make opaque markings on wood, leather, stone and other materials. Suitable for dark and transparent surfaces.
This special marker is suitable for a variety of applications on coated surfaces. It is also ideal for use on plastic or nano-coatings.
This marker is suitable for working on whiteboards and other types of boards. It can be wiped off without liquid and without leaving residue.
CDs / DVDs
This waterproof marker can be used to label CDs, DVDs and Blu-rays. Its extra-soft tip is gentle on surfaces.
This pen is reliable in wind and rough weather. Suitable for outdoor use, such as marking terracotta or metal.
This universal pen is smudge-proof and waterproof on nearly all surfaces.
Lumocolor permanent laundry
To prevent any mix-ups, this washing-machine-proof laundry marker can easily write on clothes, labels or other fabrics.