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Bring a dried out marker back to life!

have you ever left a marker out and realized it, when it was already too late? heres a simple quick fix on how to bring it back to life!
 
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Step 1: Get your materials.

all you need is

1. dried out marker
2. wooden stick (optional)
3. mini baster thing... (optional)
4. white vinegar

the stick or the baster are to get a specific drop of white vinegar you don't want too much because that could delude the ink...

Step 4: Rejoice!!!!!

this is your finished product! its works awesome..

if you need help or tips.. or something wasn't clear just tell me.. glad to help!!
freidabob1 year ago
Water base markers come right back to life if you use a hypodermic needle to inject water into them. I have revived thousands of them that way. They have to be the fat tip markers. I stick the needle down in the tip and inject slowly. If you go too fast it overflows. You have to allow air to escape as you put a little in. Still trying to learn how to do Sharpies and dry erase markers. Also- glue sticks puzzle me. Would love to know how to make a glue stick refillable!
Does this work for sharpies and other permanent markers?
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Since Isloan mentions that Sharpies are alcohol-based, I used that. (My alcohol is oil-of-wintergreen scented, worked just fine.) I could not have sniffed the Sharpie, however, since it was a mini-sized whose cap had worked loose at some unknown time, in my bag. No smell left. Could've been dried out for weeks, as I rarely use it. Thanks to the "alcohol-rub" I gave it, it's found new life! Thank you.
u could revitalise the pen using hand disinfectant or isopropyl alcohol

dip the tip in and take it out. lid on, leave the pen upside down, and let it absorb.
repeat, but leave the pen tip facing down, next day READY!
i found another way of removing alcohol based marker on whiteboards go over it using a dry erase pen and erase wallah
williamkidd (author)  Derin6 years ago
Voila!*
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williamkidd (author)  Guitarcat9996 years ago
certainly! it should work with all markers and marker types.. i appreciate the feedback!
rbatish1 year ago
Good hint
cupkakes972 years ago
didnt work at all,,it just made my marker worse :/
punkrules5 years ago
i tried this with a few dead markers i had but they never came back to life. am i doing something wrong?
williamkidd (author)  punkrules5 years ago
well if theres no ink then your S.O.L buddy..
this is for dried out markers.. =]
ok maybe that's why it didn't work. thanks for clearing that up for me.
benthekahn6 years ago
i'll have to try this sometime. Good idea!
Awesome job! Smart, I will do this next time probably. (added to favorites)
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