A cabinet door is stained dark and has a clear coat on it. How can I mark it? I want to mark locations for pre-drilling and I find magic markers or various usual writing tools not that good at marking the surface.

  • Why not simply scribe your locations with a sharp tool?
    – Huesmann
    Mar 31 at 11:49
  • @Huesmann That is an option if you are sure. If you find yourself making mistakes and changing your mind then all the scratch marks become confusing. With me trying to drill hinges for fresh cabinet doors as a newbie the masking tape was good. Just don't forget to remove the tape!
    – Maesumi
    Mar 31 at 19:40

2 Answers 2


Get some painter's tape or masking tape and apply it to the cabinet. Then make your marks on the tape for your predrilling.

  • A white grease pencil might also work, but will tend to get caught in any scratches and isn't a very precise indicator.
    – keshlam
    Mar 30 at 2:22

Milwaukee INKZALL. Or any oil-based marker. Buy a few. Once you try them, you'll find uses everywhere.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.