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I was cleaning out my matte black VP and I saw the shiny black metal plating has gone dull around the slit. Here are some pictures, in regular light and under an LED light. (Same images also attached to post)

 

At first when the pen was inked, I just thought it was ink, but I couldn't wash or wipe it off. Is the finish/plating corroding/wearing off? Should I get the nib replaced?

 

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Looks very likely to be corrosion of the black coating. Have you cleaned the pen recently with a highly acidic or basic solution, such as ammonia or clear vinegar (not hydrocloric acid). It shouldn't have any other effect other an aesthetic appeal so you shouldn't need to get it replaced.

 

BTW, did I see you on Reddit a while ago?

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Are we sure the nib is plated and not anodized?

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Are we sure the nib is plated and not anodized?

I don't believe something anodized would drop color like that though. Just a guess. Not an engineer.

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Looks very likely to be corrosion of the black coating. Have you cleaned the pen recently with a highly acidic or basic solution, such as ammonia or clear vinegar (not hydrocloric acid). It shouldn't have any other effect other an aesthetic appeal so you shouldn't need to get it replaced.

 

BTW, did I see you on Reddit a while ago?

Yep, you did. :) I wanted a range of opinions, though, so I posted it here too.

 

I've only cleaned it with tap water (once, when I was changing inks; I didn't clean it before loading it initially though). I could try testing the tap water's pH but I doubt it's very acidic or basic. What's in the black coating anyway?

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I'm going to say that the black coating is either some form of plating on metal (like Monteverde nibs) or some form of color anodization which basically involves electrostaticly charging the nib and the color with opposite electrical charges then spraying the color onto the nib. The electrical charges cause them to be permanently attracted to each other. I could be wrong on this so don't quote me. Again, I'm not an engineer.

 

Anyhow, it is just for aesthetic appeal and has no impact on nib performance.

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