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By Kirsten from Logan, UT
I simply snip the tip of the marker with scissors. Sometimes removing a bit off the dried tip will expose fresh ink. It works just about every time for me.
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Is there any way to recondition a dry eraser marker? I know it still has plenty of ink, but the cap didn't click well enough.
Maria from Derwood, MD
Wow - I just tried it and swinging the marker around on a string really does work brilliantly! and instantly!
Thank you for the idea!
Wow, the spinning thing works well. I got a little too over zealous on the spinning and was winging it around like a helicopter, I think 3-5 good spins is enough. If not -do more. The ink does pool in the cap and I think i wasted a lot. If you have a hard time attaching string to your marker, just tie it then wrap tape around it too, this should be secure enough. Good luck.
Thanks for the spinning idea. Worked like a charm for a homeschool mom on a budget:)
Spinning with a string works like magic! I had a set of 4 dry erase markers that had stayed for 3 years in their packaging, still unused. When I tried them, 3 seemed dried out. I still wonder how it is possible, with the cap sealing well and all. Anyway, I was pissed. I had the idea to put them tip down in alcohol. After a couple of hours, one of them revived. But even after 3 days in the alcohol, the remaining 2 were still inkless. I found this thread via google, tried Atwilkes' spinning trick, and seconds later, the 2 stubborn markers were revived! Thank you Atwilkes.
The spinning thing works like a charm! Thanks, atwilkes!
Tried spinning around on a string, worked great, for about 3 minutes and then dried up again :(
Holy Guacamole! I have an old pre-1980's test tube centrifuge. A few seconds in that baby and voila. Just like new. Make sure to wear goggles.
You can possibly take the end off of the dry erase marker with a pair of pliers and fill it with rubbing alcohol or water and put the end back on and wait over night.
My Expo Dry Erase markers are not old, but one just dried up and the lid was on it. Is there anything you can do to "rewet" them?
Dip tips in very hot water, cover with cap for a few minutes.
Put them in rubbing alcohol!
It worked for me!
Put them in rubbing alcohol
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I was just wondering if anyone would know how to revive dried out dry erase markers. My 2 year old got ahold of them and left the caps partly off when she was done and now they are dried out. Any tips on getting them to work again would be much appreciated!
Amy from PA
Try storing them upside down for a couple days with the tips facing down. The ink may refill the tip that way. Sometimes it works. It probably depends on how dried out they are. (07/20/2004)
By Anne H.
Here's a tip that was just posted, it reminded me of your request: