Reading Faded labels

Erin Grace via pbs
Sat, 12 Mar 2022 15:17:32 PST
Thank you! I will try that. I have a few illegible labels on dwarf aloes
that I was trying the same photo tricks with, to no avail.

Erin Grace
Thomasville, Georgia USA
It was 83 degrees a few days ago, tonight's forecast is 24 and windy

On Sat, Mar 12, 2022 at 6:04 PM Michael Homick via pbs <> wrote:

> Today while repotting we ran into the same dilemma of trying to read a
> label that has faded in sunlight. We generally use venetian blind sections
> and a soft lead pencil, which tends to last a very long time but the sun
> and weathering can still make it difficult to read over time. We generally
> take it out to full sun and by looking at different angles you may see a
> possible letter or two. This label was almost impossible to make out
> anything.
>   I have tried taking images and working with photoshop and various filter
> effects to bring out the lettering, but that generally fails as well.
> Today I tried a different approach. I had obtained a tube of powdered
> graphite used to free up a sticking key lock. It acts as a Puffer dispenser
> to puff graphite into the lock. I puffed a very small amount of the
> graphite on the label and gently wiped my thumb over the label surface. The
> graphite stuck to the old lettering so that in full sun I was able to make
> out the original  writing on the label. It was not crystal clear but was
> readable. Hope this may help others in a similar situation. Not sure on how
> it would work with faded markers and on other surfaces but may be worth a
> try..
> All the best, Michael & Paul
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