Cleaning Rapidograph HELL made easy:
  • Windex
  • 1/4 cup Windex solution
  • Place whole nibs with ink well separated into solution
  • Use Q-Tip to rub the Windex solution inside the plastic ink well. Ink comes off pretty quickly. Wash out with water
  • Unscrew main black plastic housing from around the main inside nib component
  • Swished a bit and within 10 seconds it breaks up quickly
  • Shake the main nib component until the nib bit starts to go back and forth
  • Rinse hot water and hit Windex again until satisfied

I have to use the super permanent ink (film) for the inking I do. So when it dries it is absolute hell to clean.

I cannot tell you how many years I spent using all sorts of garbage. I have used alcohol, 2nd degree burn worthy hot water, soap, oscillators, special Rapidograph cleaning solution, I could go on and on.

I found a random post one day a few months back mentioning using good old fashion Windex. I got off my lazy butt  and decided to give it a go. I am not kidding. 10 seconds and the thing was coming off, unwinding and shaking free ink debris.

They are perfect.
<p>Awesome!!! thanks for sharing</p>
<p>I will try it.. got a half dozen pens all clogged up with a pen/ink project that i was asked to do.. thanks!</p>
My son will be so thrilled! Thanks!
Good to know. I have some of those pens but do not like to use them often because cleaning can be challenging. I guess I don't have to tell you that though. I just looked up what the active ingredient in Windex is and apparently it is rubbing alcohol, although there is also 2-Butoxyethanol in it too, which is an organic solvent for paints and ink. A chemical that may be found in higher concentrations in bug and tar removing products? Look for the <span class="st">CAS </span>chemical number 111-76-2 on products and you may find other pen cleaning solutions. Windex is mostly water.
That is interesting. Isopropyl alcohol might work for most inks, it didn't help with the ink for &quot;film&quot;. It might be a combination that is the magic key. I have seen ammonia (also found in Windex) as another suggested solvent to use for the nibs but I am not too comfortable dealing with it straight. Food for thought.

About This Instructable


8 favorites


Bio: I am a graphic artist that works in the Regulatory Affairs/ R&D depart. during the day and at night, I create soul food. Launching ... More »
More by kieshar: Lady White-trash Thor Undead Hand Silhouettes - Haunted House Strawberry Shortcake costume
Add instructable to: