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    Hello my friends,

    Here is a Pilot that was left in a drawer for a long time. Apparently the ink has corroded the nib. Most of it was scraped off (with my driving license, ha!) but there still remains unsightly blotches.

    I've tried a sonic bath and then rubbing with vinegar on a Q-tip, to no avail. Before I try anything more drastic maybe someone has suggestions. The nib says 14K.

    Cheers!

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    Default Re: Corroded nib

    Metal polish - Simichrome is good.
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    Default Re: Corroded nib

    Deb,

    Ha! Simichrome was on my list of things to try! Thanks.

    I'll have to be care not to get it in the breather hole.

    Will report back.

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    Default Re: Corroded nib

    Cover the breather hole. A tiny bit of masking tape or packing tape will do.
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    Default Re: Corroded nib

    Also, for small areas like this, the very tip of the Q-tip can be touched to the tip of the Simichrome tube and you will get just a tiny bit of polish. Use the Q as a little applicator brush and scrubber (lightly) and you can minimize mess and excess polish.
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    Default Re: Corroded nib

    For areas you really don't want excess polish to get into, a Sunshine Cloth (or similar jewler's polishing cloth) works well. To get into really tight spots, you can use one with a bamboo skewer cut to the required shape.

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    The pen in the picture is a Platinum pocket pen not a Pilot pen.
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    Default Re: Corroded nib

    Hello again my friends,

    Chrissy: Wow, I'm embarrassed..you're right! Of course.

    Wile: Doh. I never thought of a bamboo skewer - they are most excellent for poking around, hard, environmentally friendly and dirt cheap at the dollar store. I used a piece of thickish copper wire to get the hard deposits off, but fear I may have scratched up the nib excessively. Oh well.

    Jon: Thanks for that - it was useful in getting just a little of the polish on the nib, as you say.

    Deb: Yes! Nice and simple and it worked a treat, thanks!

    Here's a close-up...looks bad up close but not to bad from far away - better than it looked before!

    Moral of the story...look after your pens.

    Incidentally, I took this pic with one of those dirt cheap 20x lenses...worked great...think I got it from Amazon a while back...compare it to the photo I originally took.

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    You did a good job. Enjoy your pen.
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    Thanks Deb. It is indeed a lovely pen to write with.

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    Default Re: Corroded nib

    They look like nice pens but usually seem to come with EF nibs that I don't like. I'm old and find most EF nibs are too hard to balance on when I'm writing.
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