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    The pic below is about 12 hours after wiping the nib off. This is with a new bottle of Vinta Heritage Brown Pamana 2018. I've had multiple other inks in the pen with no issue before so I'm pretty sure it's the ink causing this. I've read about potential cleaning solutions for this, but since it's an Arco Bronze celluloid I want to make sure that nothing will happen to the material while getting rid of the junk. Is there a consensus on the best fungicide solution that's safe for celluloid?


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    Default Re: Cleaning mold from celluloid

    The green that appears all over the feed is the green sheen in the ink. That particular ink is a dense, heavy, green sheening brown ink. That effect looks normal for that ink. It's not mold and no fungicide is necessary.
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    Default Re: Cleaning mold from celluloid

    Quote Originally Posted by scud80 View Post
    ...fungicide solution that's safe for celluloid?
    See: https://fpgeeks.com/forum/showthread...l=1#post277404

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    Default Re: Cleaning mold from celluloid

    As Chrissy says, This isn't mould, just some residue from the ink - which is one of the heaviest green sheening inks I've come across. Normal cleaning will remove it, and if it bothers you in use, just give the nib/feed an occasional wipe.

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    Default Re: Cleaning mold from celluloid

    Ok thanks for the replies. I hadn't heard of nib crystallization previously, so TIL. I did know the green was from the sheen, but I was more referring to the goopy buildup. Not gonna use this ink more though, since the buildup was pretty severe. The night before this pic I had wiped off a huge glob of it by the nib with more goopy bits around there.
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    Default Re: Cleaning mold from celluloid

    Some pens tend to get ink build up like that from some inks where other pens don't. It's all to do with how much ink is in the feed and how much air from the pen can affect it.
    I would be happy to trade the ink with you if it was possible.
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    Default Re: Cleaning mold from celluloid

    For those who see the title of this thread and do have mold to contend with, most of the pen mechanics use Shaklee Basic G to kill the mold. Disassembly of the nib unit recommended, along with a good bath in an ultrasonice, and cleaning of the inside of the pen, followed by a good rinse.

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    Default Re: Cleaning mold from celluloid

    Quote Originally Posted by Ron Z View Post
    For those who see the title of this thread and do have mold to contend with, most of the pen mechanics use Shaklee Basic G to kill the mold. Disassembly of the nib unit recommended, along with a good bath in an ultrasonice, and cleaning of the inside of the pen, followed by a good rinse.
    I have mold in one pen and an additional nib unit. I also bought a bottle of the Shaklee disinfectant but I can't find what is the appropriate dilution ratio. What do you suggest?

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    Default Re: Cleaning mold from celluloid

    Its been so long since I had to use it, that I forget. I'm sure that there are instructions somewhere on the label. Does the label lift for more information? You find that on some products.

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    Default Re: Cleaning mold from celluloid

    Quote Originally Posted by carlos.q View Post
    I have mold in one pen and an additional nib unit. I also bought a bottle of the Shaklee disinfectant but I can't find what is the appropriate dilution ratio. What do you suggest?
    Is the ratio not mentioned in Fred's post?
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