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Chalk, crayon, paint stick, lots of different methods. Doesn't hurt the gun if done right, but not as popular as it was a few years ago. usually done by sellers and sometimes by collectors, but not necessary now with high-quality digital cameras.
 

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I use a White Grease pencil, available at most office supply stores. No damage what-so-ever and comes right out with a little bore solvent and maybe a tooth brush. As Rex says not as important lately with high definition digital cameras. I can not believe any non permanent method would increase or decrease the value of a perticular piece in any way. Skid
 

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It does for me and I think chalk will scratch the finish..


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I use a white china marker (basically a grease pencil).

Why does it lower the price for you TA? If it is just a grease pencil it should come right off if you like.
 

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If its chalk and it scratched the finish then it would be worth less to me.

I really hate the stuff, its used alot to hide problems. I have real good eyes and don't need the marks highlighted.

Also, you don't need it to take pictures..





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Arch - I agree with your comments about scratching and it being used by some to hide problems. My inclination when I run into such white markings at a show is to recoil a bit and become more suspicious. By no means a kiss of death but anything that initially makes me recoil and become more suspicious generally results in a lower offer unless I can get it removed then and there.

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Arch - I agree with your comments about scratching and it being used by some to hide problems. My inclination when I run into such white markings at a show is to recoil a bit and become more suspicious. By no means a kiss of death but anything that initially makes me recoil and become more suspicious generally results in a lower offer unless I can get it removed then and there.

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To me it's the exact opposite of finding the rifle with original grease, crud buildup, and surface rust. It's a positive previously owned by a collector sign. It doesn't necessarily mean anything bad, but it does make me look for fakery alot harder.
 

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I do not use anything with a grit in it (white china marker) so there I have no worries about scratches.\
I have use it a few times to bring out very faint markings that I could just not get to photograph (though with the new camera I have not yet had that problem) and to bring out very, very faint or over stamped markings that I could not make out. For me the white causes the lines to stand out well and helps me determine what lines are what.
 
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