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Hi, i've a vintage lid which has 2 holes left from a missing clip. Now, since the lit has not a inner cap, i want to seal them to prevent leaks of ink.. any suggestion of how to proceed? The lid's plastic is black, by the way..

Another question: there are other problems i could have due to the lack of a inner cap?

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You could seal the holes with some silicone caulk or glue. Will take a day or so to cure. Silicone glues do not cure by drying, they react with moisture in the air to polymerize. Epoxy would work too, just make sure it does not drip into the inside much. Good if a little glue penetrates the hole. Then it will stay in place as it acts as a rivet when cured.


How well the cap seals to keep the nib from drying out will depend on how the cap seals to the pen's grip. Threaded? Or does it snap on? The better the seal the longer it takes for the nib to dry out when not being used.


I would avoid glues with acetone or other solvents if your cap is plastic, resin, etc. The solvent in the glue might attack the plastic cap.


Another seal would be a flexible sealing wax applied to the holes. Or a hot glue gun, like use in hobby crafts, which would be very quick as it hardens in seconds when it cools.

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Thank you!
Currently i've only hot glue and white silicone, but i would avoid too much contrast between the lid's plastic and the sealer. In the next few days i'll buy some black silicone and i'll try to seal the holes.

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I have successfully used marine epoxy, which when cured will withstand water-based inks. My epoxy, from Ace hardware, normally dries white so I add a little oil-based model car paint as I mix the epoxy. Set up time is about 60 seconds, cure time is overnight.

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