Reviving Dried Out Pens

When your marker stops working, there may be a way to get the ink flowing again. This guide is about reviving dried out pens.
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October 3, 2014 Flag
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Try reviving your dried up markers before thawing them out. Check out this video and learn how we did it.

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February 20, 20160 found this helpful

Naphtha is the chemical /vehicle that the manufacturers use when they make permanent markers. It is more solvent with inks and evaporates faster when using the marker so the ink does not get all over your project or you. I'm in the process of tracking down a source of the naphtha. Good luck in your search.

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August 5, 2014 Flag

My son loves to color, he is constantly asking to get the markers out. He just turned two and this is the first set of markers he has had. I noticed that some of his favorite colors were starting to run dry. I was thinking I ought to buy a new set, until I remembered there was a way to get them working again!

Supplies:

  • cup of warm water
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Steps:

  1. First, go through and find all the markers that seem to be running out of ink.
  2. Then, get a glass and add enough warm water to completely cover the tip of the marker. Some of the ink will leak out of the pen into the water.
  3. I would only add colors of a similar hue to the glass, to avoid the pen from sucking up another color.
  4. After about 1 minute of letting the marker soak, take it out and dab it dry on to a paper towel. Test it out, then, place the cap back on.
  5. This way I was able to get a little bit more life out of the pens. But as you can see with the red marker, it will not have much longer to live.
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August 6, 20140 found this helpful

I'm an artist, and have been since a very young age. When I was a kid and teenager, I couldn't always get markers when I needed them, or sometimes I had favorite ones, and didn't always receive the same kind each time.

I did something similar to what you did, but just a little more involved. I would take off the back end of the marker (sometimes you might have to pry it up-be careful, and don't do this around your child until he is old enough to be able to revive his own markers), and use something to add water drop by drop to the little "felt straw" inside, until the marker worked again. I think I used an old, cleaned nasal spray bottle-if I were doing it as an adult I would just buy a dropper.

This doubles the life of most colors, since you are wetting the entire tube and not just what can be absorbed through the tip. Some colors don't revive well or at all. You want to drop water slowly so you don't end up with a gush of color coming out of the felt end when you open the cap. For each revival the color will be lighter, but the markers will usually still be usable. $tretch those dollars!

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November 9, 2011 Flag
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For ink pens that won't write; place the pens upside down in a cup of hot water until the water cools off. Wipe dry and use.

Source: My husband does this and it works very well.

By Monica from Cortez, CO

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November 14, 20110 found this helpful

This is a good idea. Something that I have done is hold the flame of a lighter on the tip of the ballpoint pen, not enough to melt it, just for a second or two. If the ball is stuck this can get it rolling again!

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February 6, 2013 Flag
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This is a guide about reviving dry erase markers. You might be able to extend the life of that dry erase marker.

Dry Erase Markers

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February 7, 2005 Flag
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Does anyone know how to resuscitate dry gel pens? They appear to have a lot of color left in them but won't write.

Peggy

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February 9, 20050 found this helpful

I know you can get a regular ball point pen to write again by holding the tip (ball) of the pen to a lit lighbulb for a few seconds. It might be worth a try with the gel pens.

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February 9, 20050 found this helpful

if you blow in the end it usually moves the clog out...but do not suck on the end or you'll have a mouth full of gel

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September 17, 20050 found this helpful

Blowing on them only makes them work for a second, as does soaking them in hot water. I've asked around and it seems they tend to do dry out. I have a set of 50 that all dried out shortly after buying them so I just avoid gel pens now.

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January 19, 2005 Flag
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Does anyone know how to refresh dried out marking pens? I have a rather new set and have found that most of them aren't any good. is there any way to salvage them? Thank you!

Carol Overton

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January 20, 20050 found this helpful

Whenever I run into this problem I take a small cup and fill it with hot tap water. Then remove the caps and place them into the hot water (tip down) for anywhere from 20 seconds to a minute. After dabbing the water off with paper towel, the markers should be as good as new!

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January 20, 20050 found this helpful

Whenever I run into this problem I take a small cup and fill it with hot tap water. Then remove the caps and place them into the hot water (tip down) for anywhere from 20 seconds to a minute. After dabbing the water off with paper towel, the markers should be as good as new!

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January 21, 20050 found this helpful

I HAVE OFTEN SOAKED THE TIPS SOME IN WATER UNTIL THE TIPS ABSORB A GOOD AMOUNT OF WATER. THEN STORE THEM IN A GOOD ZIPLOC BAG.

WHEN YOU BUY MARKERS IT'S EST TO STORE THEM IN ANY TYPE SEALING BAG. THEY WILL LAST LONGER AND CAN BE REFRESHED.

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October 26, 2010 Flag
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Revive dried-up dry-erase markers by dipping the tip briefly in nail polish remover. Put the cap back on for a few minutes. Test in a corner to make sure it isn't going to damage your whiteboard. There are also water-based, low odor, dry-erase markers that can just be dipped in water like a regular marker. Make sure you know which kind you have!

By Elizabeth Cardell

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Revive Dried-up Dry-erase Markers

Thank you! I'll definitely try it and pass it on to fellow teachers! I can never have enough! (08/16/2004)

By sjk

Revive Dried-up Dry-erase Markers

I've found that trying to remove the marking from a dry erase marker on a plastic container can be difficult, if not impossible. It many times leaves a "shadow" of the writing even after scrubbing and bleaching.

So I came up with a way to mark it with the dry erase without leaving the "shadow." I put a strip of scotch tape on the container, then write on the tape. No more "shadows" and the tape is easy to remove. (05/04/2010)

By Cricketnc

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May 17, 20160 found this helpful

If you have permanent marker or very stubborn old dry erase marker on your dry erase board that won't come off, try coloring over it with dry erase marker. It will then come off when you erase the new dry erase marker marks. This should work on other hard surfaces as well. I haven't tried it on plastic.

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