This is my review of Sharpie Paint Pens.
I love Sharpie. I’ve been a long time user of their permanent markers in all colors, tips, and styles. I use them for writing, drawing, journaling, and note-taking. But what about Sharpie Paint Pens?
I’ve found that they do the job most of the time. I have a few gripes, but overall, when I’m in need of paint markers, I turn to Sharpie because it any minor performance flaws are offset by the lower cost in comparison to other paint markers.
Sharpie Paint Pens Review – What Are They?
You know those pens that sound like they have a marble inside and make noise when you shake them? The ones where you have to press the tip down to “juice” them up?Those are paint pens. Sharpie paint pens are markers that actually contain paint rather than ink. These pens are available in oil-based and water-based paint.
I recommend using water-based paint if you plan to use them with paper products or kids. Water-based paint pens just seem less toxic (although Sharpie markers, both the water-based and oil-based paint pens, are AP Certified).
For all other projects using other mediums from labeling balls to art and crafty projects I usually default to the oil-based paint pens.
Sharpie Paint Pens Review – What I Like
I love the opacity and color saturation of Sharpie paint pens. I recommend taking the time to prep the pen by juicing it up and testing it on paper or cardboard until it’s just right. Everyone uses pens differently, so it’s important to get the ink flow just right for the way you hold and press down on the pen.
Once the paint pen is prepped, you’ll find that it pulls strong lines that are rich in color with excellent coverage.
Sharpie Paint Pens Review – What I Don’t Like
Oil-based paint takes a while to dry, which leads to some disadvantages that are not isolated only to Sharpie brand paint pens. For this reason, don’t expect to be able to blend colors. And definitely expect to get it on your hands. Even if it looks dry, you should leave it at least 24 hours to set. I always seem to end up with smudges on the side of my hand by my pinky finger.
If you’ve never used paint pens before, you should know that you won’t get as much mileage out of them as you would any other marker. Also if a pen is opened and used, the tip will behave differently if you don’t use it again for a few days, so plan your project accordingly.
You should also know that paint pens aren’t truly permanent. Paint thinning solvents, acetone, and high pressure cleaning will remove the paint. I’ve heard from others that the color fades in sunlight and chips under heavy usage, so I isolate my usage to things that don’t have as much exposure to potential wear and tear and I’ve never had a problem.
Sharpie Paint Pens – Overall Thoughts
I love Sharpie paint pens, and as an armchair artist, they’ve always done the job. They aren’t frustration free, but paint pens are a unique tool that have a bit of a learning curve. These are not markers, they are in fact paint in a pen and once you get the hang of it, you’ll find some amazing and diverse uses for them. With a moderate price point, I recommend giving Sharpie paint pens a try.