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I like most of you have a bunch of different oil cans. Cutting oil, way oil, spindle oil ... I haven't found a great way to mark them that holds up over time. Sharpies work for a while but the oil eventually washes the marks away. Tape doesn't stick for long.
 

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I wipe the oil can clean with acetone, let it dry and paint with paint marker pen. Get them at any metal supply outfit, they go over dirt, scale, and light oil pretty well.

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You could put a different colored zip tie on each oil can.
 
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I mark mine with sharpie, but by the time it wears off I end up remembering what can has what in it. When the lathe gets setup I will put a shelf above it just for oil cans, then mark with labels where each can sits. Then the label wouldn't be on the can to wash away but on the shelf it sits on. Hopefully I put them back where they belong :))

Ptouch labels are great as RMack pointed out, oil resistant for quite a long time and are very durable.
 

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I use the p-touch labels too. Sometimes, I'll Mark it with Sharpie. The p touch labels don't come off so long as they were installed on a nice clean surface. Once installed, you can get oil all over them and they don't fade or come off.
 

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I also use my P-Touch to label all my oil cans & bottles. I've only had one label fall off which was on a squeeze bottle filled with TapMagic Aluminum. It took a while for it to fall off though. Hasn't fallen off my squeeze bottle with WD-40 or any of my other cutting fluids though.
 

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I also use P-Touch labels but, after the label is applied, I wrap the can with 2" wide clear box sealing tape.
 

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I am not familiar with P-touch labels, I a assume they can be purchased at a office supply store?
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I am not familiar with P-touch labels, I a assume they can be purchased at a office supply store?
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Yes.

Just ordered the printer ($19) and a couple rolls of tape today from Amazon.com
 

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Yes, any office supply store should carry P-Touch (made by Brother). If not P-Touch they would probably have the cheaper alternative made by Dymo. I prefer the P-Touch though.

P-Touch also makes a harsh environment label that's supposed to be more resistant to water & oil. I have not tried it though. I just use the regular labels.
 
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My Dad had a couple of those small brass oil cans. Good to see others like them too.
One of those in the picture belonged to my dad, too. I've bought several over the past few years. They are just neat! I like them! The bigger pump oiler in the picture belonged to my granddad. it's almost as old as me! I remember squirting oil all over the garage when I was very young, and getting in trouble for doing it too.
 

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I have a half-dozen of the red Harbor Freight pressure oilers, I masked off the bottom halves and sprayed each with a different rattle-can color, then lettered the oil type on each with black enamel. They've held up pretty well for several years. I really like the brass tags idea posted earlier, however....
 

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That's what I have been doing too.
Holds up well.
I wipe the oil can clean with acetone, let it dry and paint with paint marker pen. Get them at any metal supply outfit, they go over dirt, scale, and light oil pretty well.

cheers
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Great minds think alike, I was thinking the very same thing.
I also use P-Touch labels but, after the label is applied, I wrap the can with 2" wide clear box sealing tape.
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I am not familiar with P-touch labels...

The printers are inexpensive, the tape (TZ type is the best for oil-resistance) will cost ya. The surface
they stick to has to be clean and flat or cylindrical (so hemisphere oilcans are problematic).
 

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I took pieces of different color heat shrink and put a short piece on the tube of each can
 

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P-touch here also. I have 2 of them, purchased for $1 apiece at my local thrift shop. Chinese TZ tape seems to be as good as the genuine article. I'm like Sheldon, everything gets labeled, including the label-maker. (No urine cup, though.)
 

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I took pieces of different color heat shrink and put a short piece on the tube of each can
You can take this one step further ... Use a Sharpie to write on the shrink tubing before shrinking. Shrinkage will intensify the darkness of the mark, and it's pretty permanent.
 

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I was thinking clear heat shrink over top of a P-touch label, but I haven't tried it.

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Man, I just Impulse-bought some stamping blanks! Old school cool.

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I was thinking clear heat shrink over top of a P-touch label...
If there's a tube part that suits some size of transparent heat-shrink, just a paper label underneath works fine. The TZ
tape is multilayer, there's already a transparent laminate covering the ink.
 
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