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Rapido-Eze Vs. Speedball Pen Cleaner


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#1 TwizzlerNibs

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Posted 14 February 2018 - 09:18

I've searched and there are threads that come close, but not quite on the nose so here we go...

 

I got a Valentine's present of a pen case and some Speedball pen cleaner (She's a keeper right??)

 

I'm doing my first fountain pen restorations and had some Rapido-Eze in my Amazon cart ready to purchase, so this seems to be perfect. Or is it?

 

I've seen the sentiment of "Rapido-Eze is what we (the pros, the experienced restorers) use on a regular basis and always when we run into tough problems" expressed a few times.  I am just looking at some standard repair and cleaning as far as I can tell, so will my Speedball cleaner be fine?

 

The bottle says "Speedball Super Pen Cleaner is specially formulated to keep dip pens, fountain pens, and technical pens working like new. Also removes dried ink from drafting film and can be used to clean fine jewelry"

 

Anyone have actual knowledge of formulation of either product, specifically how they differ, if at all?

 

Thanks,

 

Josh



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#2 TwizzlerNibs

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Posted 15 February 2018 - 05:43

Sorry for the double topic post. I think when I have two tabs open it does that. I cant see how to delete the other one

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Posted 15 February 2018 - 15:23

I don't know!  Should be safe for flushing inside (since it is made for that), but not sure if it will discolor hard rubber.

 

I wonder if anyone else has experience with it.



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Posted 15 February 2018 - 15:40

Look up MSDS when you're curious about this stuff.

 

https://www.speedbal...2017/11/419.pdf

 

https://content.inte...3110_MSDS_E.pdf


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Posted 15 February 2018 - 16:34

I've never tried Rapido-Eze, and to my great shame I bought Speedball but haven't used it yet as I still have a bottle of J.B's Perfect Pen Flush that I'm part way through. :(  Speedball got good reviews on Amazon though, and looked like a neat sized bottle to take in my suitcase with me.  :)



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Posted 15 February 2018 - 20:33

Look up MSDS when you're curious about this stuff.

 

https://www.speedbal...2017/11/419.pdf

 

https://content.inte...3110_MSDS_E.pdf

 

Thanks for the links.  But will any of the ingredients fade the exterior of an old black hard rubber pen?

 

I sometimes use Rapido eze on a q tip up inside a pen cap, and sometimes a little comes out the vent holes or otherwise runs on to the surface of the cap.  I was wondering if any of the speedball ingredients will quickly discolor hard rubber (in which case I would not use it for the inside of the pen cap)



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Posted 15 February 2018 - 21:27

I have no idea what it will do to old ebonite.  Best thing to do is get a busted old pen and experiment.


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Posted 17 February 2018 - 06:43

Thanks everyone! Appreciate the help and the expressions of mutual ignorance equally.

 

 

 

 

I had to google that acronym. Good information to have for comparison, and a nice tool to have for the future, thank you.

Look up MSDS when you're curious about this stuff.

 

https://www.speedbal...2017/11/419.pdf

 

https://content.inte...3110_MSDS_E.pdf

 

 

 

I've got the big ol' bottle, would definitely get me pulled into the "extra personal attention" line at the airport.

I've never tried Rapido-Eze, and to my great shame I bought Speedball but haven't used it yet as I still have a bottle of J.B's Perfect Pen Flush that I'm part way through. :(  Speedball got good reviews on Amazon though, and looked like a neat sized bottle to take in my suitcase with me.  :)

 

 

 

Can't I just go real easy on the speedball and it won't drip? I've yet to put a q-tip in a cap so this may be a silly question. I can try it with some water first.

 

Thanks for the links.  But will any of the ingredients fade the exterior of an old black hard rubber pen?

 

I sometimes use Rapido eze on a q tip up inside a pen cap, and sometimes a little comes out the vent holes or otherwise runs on to the surface of the cap.  I was wondering if any of the speedball ingredients will quickly discolor hard rubber (in which case I would not use it for the inside of the pen cap)

 

 

 

I've got a couple pens that won't ever be leaving my possesion, so a little bit of an edge test couldn't hurt. Maybe. I'll see if my confidence holds.

I have no idea what it will do to old ebonite.  Best thing to do is get a busted old pen and experiment.








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