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Shoe polish (head-->desk)--what a great idea! I'll try that right away. Thanks!
You're welcome, let me now how it turns out.
Actually, it really didn't work at all--the engraving is so shallow that all of the black came right off when I removed the excess polish. :-( Great idea, though. I'll try old-fashioned wax shoe polish next: wish me luck!
I would try black marker pen instead, especially since it is alcohol based and very similar to the dye used for leather which is also used for shoes. It will not permanently stain metal so will come back off the raised areas with some rubbing.
Great idea, Gareth Pritchard! I'll clean it off very well with alcohol and perhaps acetone first and then try a Sharpie marker! (Sharpies, Duct tape, WD-40 and/or 3-in-1 oil... What would we do without these lifesavers?) Wish me luck... Thanks!!
Yes good luck.
Hi Laura, sorry the shoe polish didn't work. The sharpie sounds like a good idea.
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Thanks, RTalloni (hi!) ! I'll give that a shot--Patio Paint would be perfect!
Unfortunately, I think the final answer will be to throw it out and buy one from a local engraver who will stand by their work! (But I paid $70+ for this one--ow!)
Gorgeous piece, ep4f! Congrats if you made it! Thanks for the hint on using black to highlight letters--I think that'll help, though your example is embossing, whereas I've got engraving, so it'll be a bit tricky to do. Cheers! Thanks for commenting.