You’ve spent all that money on that new gel pen you got for your latest party event. It’s just a waste of good money, right? Well, maybe not… Even the best-designed pens sometimes have little bugs in them.
So, here are some simple tips on how to get a gel pen to work again, keep its effective performance, and avoid skipping.
Tip one: If you don’t know how to open or close a pen, start with the ink cartridge. First, take off the cap. Then, unscrew the cartridge from the end of the pen with a small screwdriver or flat head screwdriver.
Next, pull the ink cartridge out by gentle pulling. In step 4, you will repeat this process until the ink cartridge is no longer visible inside the pen.
Tip two: If you see some air bubbles on the ink bottle, they probably came from the ink cartridge. Remove those air bubbles by soaking the nib in warm water (as hot as you can stand it). Once the nib is soaked, gently squeeze the excess water out of the nib. Rinse the nib and its reservoir with tap water, then dry with a clean towel.
Tip three: If you see that your pen has stopped working, the problem may lie in its nib. The first thing you should do if you see that the ink cartridge is dirty is taking it apart. This is usually easier to do than it sounds. There are two parts to an ink cartridge: the body and the nib. To separate the two, you should use a razor blade and carefully remove the metal section from the bottom of the pen. Next, you should see which part of the pen needs to be cleaned.
The ink cartridge body, which is the black part, needs to be cleaned using hot water inside of a cup. You should fill the cup with half water and half ink. Once you have placed the ink into the cup, you should turn the pen upside down. Now you can remove the cap from the pen and carefully push down on the nib until there is a small amount of ink left.
Next, you should wipe away any residual ink that is left behind. Wipe away any excess ink by using a clean cloth or paper towel. Using a wet cloth, gently rub down the metal parts. Finally, reassemble the pen. Once you have completed all of these steps, you should see that your scribbling has improved. Another thing you should notice is that your gel pens have a smooth ink flow to them.
When you are done with the first step, you should place the cap back on the pen. Then you should allow it a few minutes so that the ink can dry. If you are in a hurry, you should place the cap back on the pen, turn on the power, and wait for about 5 minutes. After this process, you should see that the ink on the pen has dried up.
The second step is to remove the cap from the pen and slowly slide the nib out. You should use small amounts of acetone. Try to avoid spraying too much acetone because it will prevent ink flow. If you notice that the ink flow is not that good, you should try using another bottle of acetone.
The third step involves removing the nib crud buildup on the nib. To do this, you should first use an ink removal stick or a cotton bud to get rid of the accumulation. Then, you should put the pen in a paper towel and gently squeeze some of the remaining ink until all of the crud is removed.
The final step involves the proper way to care for your gel pens. It should be noted that gel pens use oil-based inks which are very delicate. They can be easily damaged if they are not properly handled.
It should be noted that this problem is common with high-quality fountain pens since they use gold or silver inks.
The only recommended way to maintain your pens is by storing them in a proper holder and by not allowing other liquids to come into contact with the ink.
The steps above are very easy to follow. If you followed them, you will no longer have to wonder how to get a gel pen to work properly. Once you have taken care of these problems, you will notice that every time you write with your gel pens, you will get a smooth ink flow. And you will always have that clean, fresh ink cartridge to use whenever you need it. This may take some time, but once you master the proper steps, you will be able to care for your ink cartridges like a pro.