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Eyedropper Hack: Cleaning Silicone Grease From Threads

eyedropper cleaning silicone grease hack

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#1 Hypocaffeinic

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Posted 08 November 2015 - 04:12

Hello, just sharing a little trick I just used to effectively clean stained silicone grease from the threads of my demonstrator eyedropper pen.

 

I have a Franklin-Christoph Stabilis 65, which is clear acrylic throughout.. except for the threads, which were a beautiful shade of Tsuki-yo blue! Cleaning these of silicone grease was really difficult - an old toothbrush couldn't access them very well, whilst a soggy cotton bud just smeared it all around. 

 

Then inspiration struck! (or perhaps it was wind..) Anyway, I rummaged around in my bathroom drawers for an old mascara tube, and scrubbed the wand under running water until perfectly clean. The soft wand bristles are firm enough to poke into the threads but not stiff enough to scratch, and they did a marvellous job of clearing all the old silicone out in just a minute or two! 

 

Hey presto: clean demonstrator. *beams smugly*  :D

 

 

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#2 AliceR

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Posted 08 November 2015 - 08:00

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#3 I.M.

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Posted 08 November 2015 - 14:10

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#4 latetotheparty

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Posted 09 November 2015 - 01:13

Thanks for the tip! I have the same pen so this really useful to know.   :D



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Posted 09 November 2015 - 01:18

How weird.  I read the header for this topic just now -- and "mascara brush" is the first thing that popped into my head....

Glad to know it really works.  Thanks for the tip.

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#6 Arctic_Wolf

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Posted 09 November 2015 - 20:53

Awesome! I've never much liked the idea of demonstrator eyedroppers because of the inevitable gross sludge which becomes a chore to clean. I might give it another go though, knowing now there is a much easier way



#7 Hypocaffeinic

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Posted 09 November 2015 - 23:20

Glad this is of help to people! The wands are really perfect for the job, it's just so easy. I've tried cleaning using other methods before and have always ended up leaving a bit of coloured sludge in there.. it stains to the new ink colour in time, but darker due to the colour mix, and I just don't like the inefficiency and impurity of this.


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Posted 10 November 2015 - 05:13

My mascara brush is for my pouty lips, not my fountain pen

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Posted 10 November 2015 - 19:59

Great idea! 

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