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How to clean rotring pens

Updated April 17, 2017

The Rotring company makes the famous Rapidograph technical pen that provided a simpler, less messy way to draw precise lines than with a ruling pen. Although computer-aided design has taken over most of the work done by Rotring pens, some draftsmen and artists still find uses for the Rapidograph, and still need to clean their Rotring pens.

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  1. Unscrew and remove the Rotring technical pen's cap. Unscrew and remove the barrel from the pen body and nib assembly. Unscrew and remove the colour-coded ink cartridge clamp ring from the pen body. Pull off the ink cartridge and rinse with clean water. Scrub the cartridge interior with a pipe cleaner if necessary.

  2. Tap the back of the pen body on a paper towel to remove residual ink. Unscrew the nib from the pen body using the nib key. Flush the nib and pen body under a faucet of lukewarm water, or soak the parts in a cup of Rotring technical pen cleaning solution. The nib and pen body may also be flushed in a cup of cleaning solution using a large rubber bulb.

  3. Shake off any remaining fluid and wipe all the parts dry with a paper towel. If desired, fill the ink cartridge with technical pen ink. Reassemble the pen and store it with the cap on and the tip facing up.

  4. Tip

    Rotring technical pens may also be cleaned by submersion in the chemical bath of an ultrasonic pen cleaner.

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Things You'll Need

  • Rotring technical pen
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Nib key
  • Cup
  • Water
  • Technical pen cleaning solution
  • Rubber bulb

About the Author

Maxfield Carroll is a writer and artist whose work has appeared on various websites and in newspapers. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications and journalism.

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