How to Write on Glass Permanently

Writing with permanent marker pens on glass can be a fun art project. However, if you’re interested in getting it to last, you may have noticed that the ink tends to smudge, crack, and fade away.

Well, this post includes the best tips for writing on glass permanently. Much of it has to do with the type of markers you’re using. The non-porous surface on a glass object means that paint pen pigments are more likely to smudge.

Follow the tips below to use glass markers for writing on a wine glass with Sharpie paint markers.

Factors to Consider When Using Glass Markers

The Best Markers for Glass

The type of marker that you use makes a difference in how well the ink will stay on your glass surfaces. You should also consider whether you want temporary or permanent ink when choosing your window or wine glass markers.

Temporary glass markers are ideal for arts and crafts projects where you want to be able to clean the ink from your non-porous surfaces. Permanent pens are best for decorating wine glasses and windows without ink smudging.

If you’re using dry-erase markers, you’ll find that the ink comes off after some time. However, if you just want to decorate glass temporarily, dry-erase markers would be best. In this case, be sure to look for non-permanent markers and specific window crayons (such as Crayola washable window crayons) that you can use for decorating without having to use a glass cleaner or nail polish remover to remove them. The dry-erase ink will usually come off with a soft cloth.

When it comes to making permanent designs on windows or other glass surfaces, permanent markers are your best choice. Many permanent markers allow you to creatively add thin and thick lines by using different glass marker nib sizes.

In addition to this, you may have considered using a glass paint marker. There are some fantastic glass paint markers available that work similarly to regular permanent markers. The amount of time that they last on the glass will vary depending on the type of paint that’s used.

For example, chalk paint pens are generally better compared to acrylic paint pens. This is due to how acrylic paint is more watery and prone to smudging more quicker. 

Dry Time

The amount of time that it takes for a permanent marker to dry on a surface is a big factor to consider. Ideally, you should use a pen that can dry on the glass surface as quickly as possible.

This is because it prevents you from accidentally smudging it whilst you’re drawing or writing. 

Using Sealants with Permanent Glass Marker Ink

Once you’ve used your ink glass markers to draw on the glass surface, you can apply some sealants to ensure that the ink stays on the surface for longer.

  • Make sure that the glass painting pens ink has completely dried.
  • Spray a light coat of hairspray onto the permanent marker ink and leave it to dry for a while. 
  • Alternatively, you can use Mod Podge to seal the ink to the glass surface.
  • Again, make sure that you only apply the sealant once the permanent glass markers ink has dried completely. 

Also read: Best Paint Pens for Glass


After reading through our post, we hope that you’re feeling more assured about what types of markers work best for writing permanently on glass. You’ll also have a better idea about the kinds of markers that allow you to draw a temporary design on glass surfaces, including a stained glass jar, a wine glass marker set, glass storage ware, and more.

We hope that the details throughout this post have been useful in helping you to create fantastic designs on glass that last. 


Can you use different paint pen colors to write on glass?

Absolutely! In fact, combining metallic and acrylic glass markers with permanent pens and chalk markers can create a great effect on your glass painting projects. This also works great when using Sharpie paint pens on wine glasses.  

How to best store glass paint pens to write on glass?

To make sure that your markers work to the best of their ability, you must store them correctly. This prevents them from drying out and not giving you the kind of ink flow that’s needed.

So, store your pens upright in a jar or cup making sure that the caps are always on when they’re not being used. 

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