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Old 04-30-2003, 11:41 AM
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junk yard/used parts markers why and how to remove

If anyone has bought a used part or junkyard part, they use a yellow or some color marker that they write on the part itself.

1) why do they do this? (is it to show that its a used part to mechanics, potential future buyers, or just there way of inventory system)

2) what kind of marker is it? (i ask this because almost nothing can remove it, its like a highlighter on steroids)

3) and finally how do you remove it. It would look bad to pop ur hood and have some yellow part number or whatever written on it.

I am just curious, i dont have any used parts but was just thinking about it when i helped my friend get some for his car.

I tried to remove it on a peice of rubber/plastic part and i tried EVERYTHING and i told him he would have to live with it, lol.
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Old 05-01-2003, 01:06 PM
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removing that yellow paint

Junkyard paint is nasty stuff. I have found that lacquer thinner, (MEK, methyl-ethyl ketone) used VERY carefully, will remove ANY paint. If one were to carefully daub it on over an extended period with a q-tip and then gebntly rub, daub and rub, you probably will get it off without removing too much of any previous paint.

On the othe hand, you could spray over it, first with primer then with the color of your choice, that would serve as well.

Again, use MEK very carefully, outdoors, don't smoke, avoid getting it on your skin. It is flammable and very nasty stuff, but effective.
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Old 05-01-2003, 01:19 PM
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When I bought springs from the junk yard, they had wrote which side the springs came from, on the bottom of the spring, in yellow writing. When I went to cut the springs, I cut them while they were sitting in wet grass, and when I was finished cutting, the yellow writing had all rubbed off. So, the yellow writing does rub off of some things fairly easily, or maybe it was just a different kind?
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Old 05-01-2003, 01:51 PM
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It would be truly amazing if each and every junkyard in the country used the same brand of the same product to mark with.

The usual thing is a sort of paint pen. I think the really tough paint is oil based.
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