Reported by Heather Strenzwilk
In September 2008, I reviewed Metallic Bright Markers by RoseArt. SRX Metallic Colorsharp markers by Mega Brands (parent company of RoseArt) are almost identical markers. Unfortunately, I didn’t realize this until after I purchased the SRX markers.
Both sets feature fine-tipped bullet-style markers in eight colors: gold, silver, copper, green, red (which looks pink), purple, blue and light green. The SRX markers feature a sleeker body, similar to a Sharpie Marker. The SRX packagings boasts that they are water-resistant and permanent on “porous surfaces; including paper, clothing and wood.”
For my last review I tested the markers on Lucky Squirrel black shrink plastic and I used it again this time. My results were very similar- the shrunken pieces held up to light handling but the ink could be scratched off with a fingernail or vigorous rubbing with a paper towel. Sealing the finished pieces with a spray sealer will help protect the designs. The SRX markers worked more like paint pens than the RoseArt markers.
I wrote with the markers on white and black cardstock (both 90lb weight) and the results were typical. The markers wrote smoothly and did not smear (despite my attempts to do otherwise). I used the markers to color part of an image printed on cardstock; the cardstock began to shred when I had to go back to cover some missed areas. While the fine-point tips are adequate for coloring or design work, I felt they were too thick for journaling or smaller writing. In their catalog, there is a double ended SRX marker with an extra-fine tip which would be perfect for writing or detail work.
I did not test the SRX markers on fabric this time, but like the RoseArt markers, autograph afficionados name the SRX markers as some of the best for signed jerseys.
- Inexpensive- under $5 at a national discount retailer
- New style pen body is more comfortable to hold
- Permanent on porous surfaces
- Bullet-style tip not good for detail work
- Ink tends to accumulate around the plastic at the tip of the pen (see picture below)
One set of these metallic markers from Mega Brands was enough! The new style body is an improvement. The markers wrote smoothly on cardstock The markers are adequate for the price but nothing special. I rated them 8/10 last time and I’ll give them the same rating this time.