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How to use the Zest-it Dip Pen Nib Cleaner for cleaning Drawing Ink A, Indian Ink,
Acrylic and Permanent Inks from your dip pen nibs.

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3 sizes of Dip Pen Nib Cleaner



 dip pen nib cleaner 125 ml
125 ml Dip Pen Nib Cleaner



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Our Dip Pen Nib Cleaner will remove fresh, stubborn and old dried-on Indian and Permanent Inks from the dip pen nibs, steel tubular nibs of Technical and other Drawing Pens.

We have tested it with Pelikan Drawing Ink A, Indian Ink, Permanent Pigmented Ink and others, it removed them all.
Our cleaner has a pleasant smell, contains no CFC's or Aromatics, is biodegradable, re-usable, water miscible with a minimum usable life of 5 years.

There are a few ways to use the Dip Pen Nib Cleaner. Removing Ink video
Pour a small amount into a suitable container that has a lid and drop the nibs into the solution. Leaver to soak for 10 to 20 minutes, remove after this time and wash with water, dry on kitchen towel, your nibs will be clean, refreshed and ready for use.
Keep this container lidded and labelled for cleaning your nibs because it is reusable with a long active life.

The another way is to use the pre-filled Dip Pen Nib Cleaner Sponge that comes in a lidded container - with this, just push the nibs into the sponge and leave for the required time, wash under the tap as before and wipe dry.
The advantage of the sponge is, it's easy and ready for use, you don't have to fish the nibs out of the fluid; it is economical in use and is long lasting.
In the image on the left you can see the ink is being removed from the nibs into the sponge.

If you have pens where the nib is permanently attached or you don't want to remove the nib from its holder, then you can swish the nib in a small amount of liquid or dampen a cloth and clean the nib. A dampened cloth works well in many situations.

Tip: someone told us they use a 'tea ball infuser' to put the nibs in before placing in the cleaner, this saves 'fishing them out' after soaking!
Thank you D for the tip. We tried it and it works very well.

*We have a caution to note; this product works so well that - if the nibs are left in the liquid too long, it may discolour the nibs by taking the coloured lacquer off the surface. The nib will not be harmed but it could be just a 'grey' colour when it comes out, whereas they may have been bronze when you put them in!

There are many nibs and many different finishes on nibs, not all are affected.

Sizes available - 50 ml; 125 ml and 250 ml also Sponge in a Pot which is pre-impregnated with 15ml of Zest-it Dip Pen Nib Cleaner.

Please note: If you have used oil paint, liquid wax or masking fluid on the nibs then use one of the Zest-it Solvent's on the products page to clean them.

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