You can use pencil marks to track your family’s growth, keep track of home improvement projects, or preserve memories by marking the door jambs with pencil marks. Although pencil marks on door jambs are cherished, they can be challenging to keep, especially in high-traffic areas. This guide will explore practical methods for protecting and maintaining them.
Making The Right Choice When It Comes to Pencils
If you want to leave lasting marks, choose a pencil with a high graphite content, such as a 2B or 4B. These pencils leave bold, easily visible marks that will not fade over time.
Surfaces should be cleaned
Before preserving your pencil marks, ensure the door jamb is clean and free from dust or debris. Use a soft cloth or a gentle cleaner to wipe away any dirt that may interfere with the preservation process.
A clear sealant can be applied (optional but helpful)
To protect pencil marks from smudging or fading, consider using a clear sealant such as Everbuild Stixall. Choose a sealant that is compatible with the door jamb material (wood, metal, etc.) and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for application. Apply a thin, even coat over the pencil marks, allowing it to dry completely.
Small-scale testing is recommended
In order to ensure the sealant does not react negatively with the door jamb material or change the appearance of the pencil marks, it is recommended that you test the sealant in a small, inconspicuous area before applying it to the entire jamb.
Take some photos to help you out later
Take periodic photographs of the pencil marks. This gives you a record of the marks, even if they fade over time. If necessary, you can recreate the marks using the original reference photos.