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A while ago I bought a bottle of Lamy Vibrant Pink ink to use with my Safari. I have just bought a new nib for it and I'm also changing the ink colour. I've changed inks in my Safari before, but this time it was different. I found the pen really difficult to clean out, and I even had to totally dismantle my converter to get all of the ink out that was stuck behind the piston.

Has anybody else had problems like this?

Thanks!

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It's kind of stubborn stuff, especially when dried at all or spent a ton of time in a pen (ton of time for me is more than a few weeks). Was kind of a nightmare to clean from al-star i keep on lend to coworker. Three fills of vibrant pink total and about month and a half of use.

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Hi.

A while ago I bought a bottle of Lamy Vibrant Pink ink to use with my Safari. I have just bought a new nib for it and I'm also changing the ink colour. I've changed inks in my Safari before, but this time it was different. I found the pen really difficult to clean out, and I even had to totally dismantle my converter to get all of the ink out that was stuck behind the piston.

Has anybody else had problems like this?

Thanks!

 

 

BEHIND the piston? That should not happen. That would mean your piston was not proper seated, or there is a leak in the piston seal.

 

 

 

D.ick

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Behind the piston is not normal and has never happened to me. Definitely worth taking a double look there while putting it back together to make sure it's sealed.

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Hi NJEF,

 

:W2FPN:

 

Does the "NJ" stand for New Jersey? :unsure: :D

 

Yes, the pink stuff from Lamy can be a burden... so can quite a few other inks you're liable to come across in your journey.

 

You'll save yourself a lot of time and frustration if you invest around $35 and get yourself an ultrasonic cleaner... with this, you shouldn't have to dismantle the pen to clean it.

 

This is a good one:

 

https://www.amazon.com/Ultrasonic-Cleaner-Eyeglasses-Standard-Stainless/dp/B0772N4J7L/ref=mp_s_a_1_14?ie=UTF8&qid=1545223781&sr=8-14&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_FMwebp_QL65&keywords=ultrasonic+cleaner

 

 

I concur with Dick... it sounds like your piston seal is defective. :(

 

If you still have the converter disassembled, you want to use a toothpick and apply a SCANT daub of 100% pure silicone grease around the seal... that will stop the back-travel leak. (Just make sure you use PURE grease... like you find at a diving/scuba shop... NOT the stuff you'll find at NAPA or AutoZone).

 

The Goulet's sell little vials of it for around $2/3... and it's probably all you'll ever need if you can't find it locally.

 

Be well and enjoy life... and this forum and your new pens. :)

 

 

- Anthony

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Just to follow-up...

 

Or you could just blow $6 and buy a new converter. ;)

 

 

- A.C.

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