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Old 05-03-2011, 01:12 AM   #16
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Thanks for all the suggestions. I think I'll try get the aircraft-style primer.

One of the issues with heatshrink and other wraps is thickness. Most of the WP fork 10mm bolts are in recesses that a cheaper socket is too thick to fit in. I've just bought a higher quality but thin wall 3/8" drive 10mm socket to suit my torque wrench for snugging up the forks.
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Old 05-03-2011, 01:41 AM   #17
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Old 05-03-2011, 07:22 PM   #18
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When I worked in aircraft, I wanted to identify my tools, but not put my name or any other identification on them.....


Fingernail polish worked great....... No great preparation needed, just clean and paint...
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Old 05-04-2011, 01:45 AM   #19
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Old 05-04-2011, 04:22 PM   #20
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hockey tape, comes in any color you want, offers dexterity to spin a socket with your fingers, when it gets filthy replace.

You can also write the size of the socket with some marker if you need.
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Old 05-04-2011, 04:44 PM   #21
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This is the same thing I do. Red for metric, blue for SAE. Try to avoid the shit with glitter in it.
I have virtually NO SAE tools in my box. These days I never need them!



For color, you really need to prep the surface first, and use an appropriate paint.

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PS ALL of my tools are engraved with JVB on them.
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Old 05-04-2011, 09:05 PM   #22
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I would have never thought of fingernail polish. I'm going to try that out.
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Old 05-05-2011, 07:44 AM   #23
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something that works, is to use a dremel tool to cut notches/letter in a part of the tool that won't compromise the strength...then paint the snot outa it. if you use tools (as in earning a living with 'em) most of the paint will chip off..but the notch/letter will retain paint for a lifetime.
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Old 05-07-2011, 02:23 PM   #24
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This is a similar problem for climbers. We often pool our gear, carabiners, pickets etc. As some suggest, finger nail polish works well, and withstands rock scrapes etc surprisingly well. The other solution is a wrap of electrical tape, comes in all colors and stands up decently well too. Some stores with climbing gear sell like tape strips to mark your gear as well, but in this case its just really expensive electrical tape...
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Old 05-08-2011, 01:30 AM   #25
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Yeah I've used modeller's paints to mark my caving gear (again, just what I had handy), but then I changed to white 'leccy tape as it is more visible. Doesn't last though.
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Old 06-23-2011, 06:58 PM   #26
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Stopped by Lowe's today to pick up a hex bit socket and saw that they're rolling out a refresh of their socket line that copies my red/blue marking strategy. They screwed up though, they accidentally made red SAE and blue metric - aren't they going to be embarrassed when they realize they got the colors switched.
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Old 06-23-2011, 07:46 PM   #27
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My pop worked in a windtunnel, his tools all used reflective tape
This did two things, one marked the tools as his, what ever tape he used stuck

And he could flash a light down the test section of the tunnel and in a second know if anything got left behind.

This same strategy works really well to be able to find that dropped 8mm wrench on the ground, in the dark, in the glow of your headlamp.
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Old 06-23-2011, 09:01 PM   #28
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Perfect excuse to buy a cheap hobby powder gun.
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Old 06-24-2011, 10:20 AM   #29
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I paint all my MM tools red. Have done this since Chevy starting using both SAE and MM fasteners on their trucks. I just clean the chrome with acetone and spray with Rustolium Industrial spray paint. It last long enough, some will always be stuck on the tools somewhere so I can tell them apart. and I keep a can of the stuff around when repaint is needed.



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Old 12-06-2012, 12:12 AM   #30
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You would be surprised how long spray paint will stick to sockets (it does not stay pretty, but lasts).
After what, 18 months or so, I can say that my initial crude clean 'n' paint has done well. Lasted so well I've not even thought about re-painting, and I'd completely forgotten about chasing some primer

All the 8s, 13s and 27s are orange, and the 10s are white. I should paint the 12s something else, as I seem to use those for lots of non-bike jobs for some reason.
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