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How to Restore a Dried Marking Pen

  1. How to Restore a Dried Marking Pen, Soak the tip in isopropyl alcohol: step 1, image 1 of 2 How to Restore a Dried Marking Pen, Soak the tip in isopropyl alcohol: step 1, image 2 of 2
    • Fill a cup with enough isopropyl alcohol for the marking pen's tip to be fully submerged.

    • Place the pen into the cup with the tip side down.

    • Keep the pen as upright as possible to prevent the alcohol from going around the side of the pen nib.

    • Wait 15 minutes for the alcohol to soak into the pen tip.

  2. How to Restore a Dried Marking Pen, Remove the alcohol: step 2, image 1 of 3 How to Restore a Dried Marking Pen, Remove the alcohol: step 2, image 2 of 3 How to Restore a Dried Marking Pen, Remove the alcohol: step 2, image 3 of 3
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    • Remove the pen from the cup and wipe off any remaining alcohol from the pen tip.

    • On your FixMat, or another dry-erasable surface, draw the pen back and forth until you see alcohol leaving the pen nib.

    • Rotate the pen while drawing to ensure all sides of the pen nib are exercised.

    • If no alcohol is coming out of the pen nib, repeat the previous step.

  3. How to Restore a Dried Marking Pen, Soak the tip in water: step 3, image 1 of 2 How to Restore a Dried Marking Pen, Soak the tip in water: step 3, image 2 of 2
    • Fill a cup with enough water for the marking pen's tip to be fully submerged.

    • Place the pen into the cup with the tip side down.

    • Keep the pen as upright as possible to prevent the water from going around the side of the pen nib.

    • Wait 30 minutes for the water to soak into the pen tip.

  4. How to Restore a Dried Marking Pen, Remove the water: step 4, image 1 of 3 How to Restore a Dried Marking Pen, Remove the water: step 4, image 2 of 3 How to Restore a Dried Marking Pen, Remove the water: step 4, image 3 of 3
    • Remove the pen from the cup and wipe off any remaining water from the pen tip.

    • On your FixMat, or another dry-erasable surface, draw the pen back and forth until you see ink forming in solid lines.

    • Rotate the pen while drawing to ensure all sides of the pen tip are releasing ink.

    • If no ink is coming out of the pen nib, repeat the previous step.

  5. How to Restore a Dried Marking Pen: step 5, image 1 of 1
    • Congratulations! Your pen has been revived.

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8 Comments

Unfortunately this did not help for me.

Sven Alleblas - Reply

This is such a great pen I wish I could find replacements.

lupinm - Reply

Apparently this pen that comes with the FixMat cannot be purchased, but is covered by the lifetime warranty. Send an email to support@ifixit.com to get replacement pens.

P.S. It's called the iFixit Marking Pen

Andrew Chen -

Same for me, I repeated the guide 3 times, it didn't helped, I wish I could just open it and use a replacement, it's cheap to buy but I feel bad of throwing everything, and also the pen dries super fast I think I need to buy another one and just glue some metal plate to use with the I fix it magnetic mat

thematho - Reply

See my reply above

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