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Dried Stencil Ink Pen

Discussion in 'Badminton Stringing Techniques & Tools' started by R20190, Mar 18, 2013.

  1. R20190

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    Just wondering if anyone has come across a way to "re-hydrate" the dried ink in a stencil ink pen?

    I would have thought that the ink is a suspension/solute in a solvent of some sort, so I would guess you could pour in a suitable solvent to "re-hydrate" it?

    The reason I ask is I have a couple of Yonex stencil ink pens that have dried up without being used.
     
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    Acetone might do it... it'll dissolve the bottle it's in of you leave it long enough:).
     
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    I thought about acetone but I'm not sure it would do it or if it would damage the strings?

    It's not the tips that's the problem kakinami, I have spare tips but the pens are completely new, unused but just dried out over time.
     
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    That would be interesting to find out... next time I want some strings out, I'll see what kind of damage acetone does;).
     
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    try Grey Goose or Skyy vodka. drink some while at it too. PS, the stencil ink is water based.
     
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    Thanks, but are you sure it's water-based? Normally with water-based paints, there is very little smell. But with the pens you can definitely smell the solvent evaporating.

    If it's water, then I should be able to rehydrate it with distilled water, but I don't want to try unless I'm 100% it is water.

    Alcohol might work, but I'd be surprised if it's alcohol in it given the expense?
     
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    Basically there are 2 type of solvents. Water based (ie water with ethanol or methanol because they dissolve in water) and oil based (gasoline, acetone etc.) I already told you the answer, I would like to to try this. Take a stencil ad apply it to a aluminum foil. Let it dry. Then tey to clean it with alcohol swab. see if you can clean it up...
     

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