How to Remove the Printing from a Platinum Preppy Fountain Pen Barrel

The Platinum Preppy is a robust and quality fountain pen costing about $4.00 (USD). Its barrel is printed with the name, and maker's info, etc. Many of us prefer a clear barrel which looks like a true demonstrator pen. With a little solvent trick, you can remove the printing without clouding the plastic barrel.

Steps

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    Obtain your solvent. "OFF!" Brand FamilyCare unscented insect repellant with AloeVera works well.
    • This particular repellant contains 7% DEET. Be careful using a greater DEET concentration, it might cloud the clear plastic or worse yet, begin to melt it.
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    • Other solvents, such as acetone, will remove the ink, but also cloud and start to melt the plastic.
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    Remove the barrel from the nib section and cap.
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    With a piece of paper towel, apply the liquid to the printed area of the pen barrel Let it soak for 30 secs to one minute, keeping the saturated towel over the printed area.
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    Begin rubbing with considerable force in short frequent strokes.
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    Watch as the print slowly begins to come off. Be sure and keep the printed area moist with the liquid. Work on one section of print at a time.
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    Wipe off any remaining liquid with a clean bit of paper towel. You can wash the barrel with warm soap and water to get rid of any residual OFF.
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    Enjoy your new Platinum Preppy with a clean demonstrator barrel!

Tips

  • This process requires a fair amount of "elbow grease". Be patient, you will like the results!

Warnings

  • Other solvents, such as acetone, will remove the ink, but also cloud and start to melt the plastic. Do not use acetone or ketone spirits as you might wind up with a lump of melted plastic in your hands!
  • Be cautious with using other insect repellants of a different composition or higher DEET level as they might adversely affect the plastic barrel clarity.

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