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Old 11-10-2019, 01:14 PM   #1
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Question Help with Marking Cooler

My coolers have a tendency to disappear or get damaged. My kids use them. I loan them to my company events, never to be seen again. My friends drive around with them in the back of their truck with rusting beer cans and 6 day old fish. I recently replenished my cooler inventory with various sizes that we mostly use and I'd like to better manage them and ensure their return.

The question is: What is the best way to mark my coolers with my name, logo or brand? I'm afraid a sticker would come off. I've thought about using a stencil and paint. I thought maybe using my electric branding iron to lightly "brand" the outer plastic core. I thought about using a Dremel tool to scribe my name into the cooler. In the past, I've used a Black marker, but I want something that looks a little better than that.

Does anyone have any good ideas? Do's or Don'ts?

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Old 11-10-2019, 01:16 PM   #2
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Bad news. Most of my coolers have names on them, just not my name.
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Old 11-10-2019, 01:17 PM   #3
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A friend of mine brands all of his roto molded coolers. Seems to work well.
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Old 11-10-2019, 01:28 PM   #4
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Giant magic marker. Large name across the lid.
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Old 11-10-2019, 01:31 PM   #5
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Take a can of yellow and red spraypaint and sit them on top of the cooler. Then shoot them with a large caliber gun. The resulting paint splatter should mark them up sufficiently. LOL

Edit: You might also add a can of green and blue paint. Purple and bright pink might work too.
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Old 11-10-2019, 01:33 PM   #6
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Get someone to cut you vinyl logos that are easily visible then a small brand somewhere
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Old 11-10-2019, 01:34 PM   #7
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bend coat hanger into shape you want heat coat hanger with fire brand bottom of cooler
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Old 11-10-2019, 01:35 PM   #8
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I simply put a yellow and magenta "Radioactive Material" label on mine, and have yet to have anyone take one home!!
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Old 11-10-2019, 01:38 PM   #9
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Ppl will steal and/or borrow and not return them, unless you draw something really vulgar on the lid. But then you can't use your ice chest around grandparents and in laws.
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Old 11-10-2019, 01:40 PM   #10
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A friend of mine brands all of his roto molded coolers. Seems to work well.


Same. Buddy of mine has his
Brand on all his coolers.


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Old 11-10-2019, 01:44 PM   #11
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If the radio-active sticker doesn't work, get some red shrink wrap, stencils, and black paint. Wrap red, stencil on Bio-hazard top and all 4 sides.
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Old 11-10-2019, 01:55 PM   #12
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Ppl will steal and/or borrow and not return them, unless you draw something really vulgar on the lid. But then you can't use your ice chest around grandparents and in laws.
....or any respectful member of society.
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Old 11-10-2019, 02:00 PM   #13
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....or any respectful member of society.
That only removes about 2 of the people in my running Circle.
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Old 11-10-2019, 02:03 PM   #14
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Wood Burner ...like kids use or Solder iton Pin type just sticky plastic off
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Old 11-10-2019, 02:18 PM   #15
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Brand mine...just dont go to deep! Lol doesnt take much and looks pretty good imo
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Old 11-10-2019, 02:25 PM   #16
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I write " this cooler was stolen from ----- -------- "
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Old 11-10-2019, 02:27 PM   #17
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My coolers have a tendency to disappear or get damaged. My kids use them. I loan them to my company events, never to be seen again. My friends drive around with them in the back of their truck with rusting beer cans and 6 day old fish. I recently replenished my cooler inventory with various sizes that we mostly use and I'd like to better manage them and ensure their return.

The question is: What is the best way to mark my coolers with my name, logo or brand? I'm afraid a sticker would come off. I've thought about using a stencil and paint. I thought maybe using my electric branding iron to lightly "brand" the outer plastic core. I thought about using a Dremel tool to scribe my name into the cooler. In the past, I've used a Black marker, but I want something that looks a little better than that.

Does anyone have any good ideas? Do's or Don'ts?
With a Ben Franklin from the borrowing party
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Old 11-10-2019, 02:57 PM   #18
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Rusting beer cans?
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Old 11-10-2019, 02:58 PM   #19
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Keep a stock of cheap styrofoam coolers around to use as “loaners” then it won’t hurt so bad not to get them back.
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Old 11-10-2019, 03:01 PM   #20
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Rusting beer cans?
It sounded good.
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Old 11-10-2019, 03:16 PM   #21
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Giant magic marker. Large name across the lid.
Yep. This ain't rocket surgery!
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Old 11-10-2019, 03:19 PM   #22
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Brand them. You could have a larger thin brand made and do them all. Looks sharp i think. I believe some people even put paint pen in the brand to stand out. Black on white cooler. Light pen on darker coolers.

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Old 11-10-2019, 03:24 PM   #23
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Better yet, quit loaning out your coolers !!!!
You can write whatever on a cooler and it will still walkoff.
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Old 11-10-2019, 03:26 PM   #24
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Hey bud, can I borrow a cooler???


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Old 11-10-2019, 03:31 PM   #25
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I branded my first yeti. Turned out great. Actually had a lid warp warranty issue and told them I had branded it and they still took it back with no complaints or trying to say the brand caused the problem.
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Old 11-10-2019, 03:31 PM   #26
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Erin had this sticker made for me when it was new. A girl she works with has a side gig making these types of things. Anyway, I tore it when it was newly on there but has actually held up really well. Oh, and I don’t let people use my coolers.




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Old 11-10-2019, 03:36 PM   #27
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Stencil and paint
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Old 11-10-2019, 03:37 PM   #28
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My dad takes a giant sharpie and writes "MINE DAMMIT" on all his coolers. Works well lol.
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Old 11-10-2019, 03:55 PM   #29
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Better yet, quit loaning out your coolers !!!!
You can write whatever on a cooler and it will still walkoff.
I'm keeping a couple of old coolers with busted latches, loose hinges and lost or cross-threaded plug caps just for this occasion.

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Hey bud, can I borrow a cooler???
Sure. Please see above.
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Old 11-10-2019, 06:40 PM   #30
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I've branded my roto-mold coolers and it works great. Still prolly won't keep them from being stolen.
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Old 11-10-2019, 06:58 PM   #31
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