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« on: October 19, 2005 10:02:07 AM »

I just pulled out a pack of gel pens (Sakura Gelly Roll brand) that have been sitting for 2 years or so...some of them are not working but some are.  All were tightly capped.

Is this a lost cause or is there a trick to getting these guys working again?  I would hate to toss them if they can be saved.
« Reply #1 on: October 25, 2005 05:28:16 PM »

How sad no one has an answer for this one.  I've got the same problem and have been looking all over the net for the solution.  Might try just breaking them open at this point and seeing if the ink can be used in any way at all.
« Reply #2 on: October 25, 2005 05:35:54 PM »

well i dunno about saving the pens...
but when i was in 5th grade, my friend and i would open up the pens and get the ink thingie and remove the lil tip... and then blow from the end farthest from the ink. then u can use the ink kinda like paint. sorta lol. im not sure if this would work on the old pens though.
« Reply #3 on: October 26, 2005 05:22:58 PM »

I did get a suggestion from a scrapbooking friend to try heating up the tip with a lighter to see if the clog can be melted from the tip.  I haven't tried it yet though, so I have no idea if it works. 

I have searched the 'net too and haven't found any advice. 

I guess it serves me right for neglecting my pens for so long.
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« Reply #4 on: October 31, 2005 06:01:35 PM »

have you tried pouring boiling water into a mug, and placing the innards of the pen (the inky tube bit) into the water??  ok, maybe not quite boiling cos it will make the plastic warp and you may not get it back into the casing again!!  I found this works brilliant with mascara/nailvarnish/foundation....anything oil based basically....wonder if it will work with the ink?  I know felt tip pens can be revived by adding a dilute vinegar solution to the inner felt colour tube   Wink
« Reply #5 on: November 01, 2005 06:18:52 PM »

well I'll try the warming suggestions next time I bring them out.  I did hear something NEVER TO DO - don't put them in the microwave - apparently they explode big time!!! 
« Reply #6 on: November 01, 2005 06:22:37 PM »

It may help to store them upright - point end down - for a few days.  Then do the warm water routine to dissolve any ink glob.


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« Reply #7 on: November 01, 2005 06:52:08 PM »

I have done the whole blowing into it as well. Usually, that triggers it temporarily. I am curious to know what worked because I have a ton of these pens and most of them don't work either.

Let me know what works!

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« Reply #8 on: November 11, 2005 07:37:56 PM »

I personally hate gel pens!  But I know that if you want them to last longer... storing them in the fridge does the trick.  But I always have problems with them.
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« Reply #9 on: December 28, 2005 09:30:41 AM »

I've always popped the end off and blown (with a regular piece of paper on the table so I don't ruin my scrapbook). that seems to work. Also, we've used the lighter trick before at crops to warm up the pen.  It helps to store them horizontal as opposd to vertical. Even storing them point down wil lcause the ink to run to the point and might leak out into your pen container.

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