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I had filled my new Ahab with Noodler's Catalpa for a quick comparison I did for this forum, and decided to see if I could use a Zebra G nib with it (whole 'nuther story), which meant cleaning out the Catalpa.

 

So after emptying the pen and flushing it well, I came across one of the common consequences of using certain Noodler's inks, i.e. staining.

 

The piston on the Ahab now looks like this:

 

fpn_1457963187__ahabpiston.jpg

 

Nice green patina! And that's after several turns in an ultrasonic cleaner. And a scrub with a cotton bud.

 

The odd thing is, the component that stained seems to be the UV reactive part:

 

fpn_1457963200__ahabpistonuv.jpg

 

That's almost the identical colour glow to Blue Ghost, just a shade on the greener side.

 

Won't stop me refilling the pen, as it's now got its Zebra fitted for me to do some practicing with, as I'm just starting out with flexible nibs.

 

Nor will it stop me using Catalpa in future. Love the colour and its behaviour, which is very good. Other than the above, of course!

 

 

Cheers,

Effrafax.

 

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That's actually pretty cool. :D At least you'll be able to find the pen in the dark, if filling it with ink doesn't cover up the luminescence?

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I've just refilled it with La Couleur Royale, but you wouldn't know it to look at the piston filler: it just looks green. And it still fluoresces that same bright colour. Looks like it's permanent ...

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Try a fill of Rattler Red. Sometimes it will remove stains.

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Sailor Do-you is a known ink stain remover, give that a go in your stained pens.

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Thanks for the input. I'm not really worried about the stain in this instance: it's not affecting La Couleur Royale in writing, just not able to see the colour in the piston!

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Thanks, may try it next time I refill the pen.

Cheers,

Effrafax.

 

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Tried and failed. I decided to clean the pen again, as my experiment with the Zebra G nib didn't work out, so I tried some bleach, had absolutely no effect.

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Effrafax.

 

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I had filled my new Ahab with Noodler's Catalpa for a quick comparison I did for this forum, and decided to see if I could use a Zebra G nib with it (whole 'nuther story), which meant cleaning out the Catalpa.

 

So after emptying the pen and flushing it well, I came across one of the common consequences of using certain Noodler's inks, i.e. staining.

 

The piston on the Ahab now looks like this:

 

fpn_1457963187__ahabpiston.jpg

 

Nice green patina! And that's after several turns in an ultrasonic cleaner. And a scrub with a cotton bud.

 

The odd thing is, the component that stained seems to be the UV reactive part:

 

fpn_1457963200__ahabpistonuv.jpg

 

That's almost the identical colour glow to Blue Ghost, just a shade on the greener side.

 

Won't stop me refilling the pen, as it's now got its Zebra fitted for me to do some practicing with, as I'm just starting out with flexible nibs.

 

Nor will it stop me using Catalpa in future. Love the colour and its behaviour, which is very good. Other than the above, of course!

 

 

I shall look forward to use this on a couple of preppys and let the neon lights go!

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Try a fill of Rattler Red. Sometimes it will remove stains.

 

 

Sailor Do-you is a known ink stain remover, give that a go in your stained pens.

 

 

Yes, both of these colors remove the stains, BUT DANG, I love that ghostly effect.

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