G2s stop writing

A friend and I have been suffering from a terrible affliction of late: Our Pilot G2s stop writing shortly into use. Does anyone know a way to resurrect them? I've tried both water and fire at the suggestion of others, but neither has worked, We each have a stash of these prematurely dead pens that we'd love to be writing with, and we are very grateful for any hints!

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my advice

I heard that gel ink is notoriously fussy... I would contact PILOT and let them know... could be a bad batch of ink. Most pen companies are desperate to keep customers and will replace them.
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Pilot's tip

Oddly, it is only the pink and turquoise pens that stop writing for us, so it seems extra fussy! Thanks for your help. I've written Pilot, and they sent a tip.

If anyone else has this problem, here is what the manufacturer suggests:

In some cases it may be a matter of paper fibers collecting on the ball which will prevent the ball from rolling and disbursing ink. A tip that applies to gel ink would be to wipe the tips with a soft cloth and nail polish remover.

If you continue experiencing a problem please if possible return the refills only. This will allow us to forward them to our Quality Control people for analysis. We will replace the product returned to us.

Pilot Pen Corporation
60 Commerce Drive
Trumbull, CT 06611

-Erika

PS--Congrats!

nice~!

Great tip, thank you for sharing it :P

Hope that solves your issues... pink and turquoise are perfect for cold winter days... brightens up my moods at least.
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Thanks - now I don't have to give up on them yet

Thanks for posting that, Erika. I have several that have done the same thing, but I'll try the suggestion you posted from Pilot (yeah, they were G2s). I like the pens - when they write!

At home I use a lot of fountain pens, but I don't usually like to carry them with me for quick notes. The G2s are nice in that they feel closer to writing with FPs than most 'regular' pens.

Scared Off

This thread scared me off of the G2. Today I purchased a three pack of the Uniball Signo Micro, in black of course. I should have gotten the medium point instead, as the micro is a bit scratchy on card stock. It works nicely on Moleskine pages, however. I'll try the G2 next time.

--Bob

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We should swap... I believe I got the "FINE" pointed 3 pack with black ink... and I was hoping for MICRO but couldnt find any on sale :D
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Micro = 0.5 mm

What size is "fine"? I AM willing to swap one size up.

--Bob

i think

I'll have to verify when I get home from work... but from what I can recall... Fine = 0.7mm
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That sounds right

If that is indeed the case, would you mind swapping even though I've already opened the package?

--Bob

email

Drop me an email and we'll sort this out :D I leave work at 5 ... I'll hunt down the signo's when I get home.
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Haven't had any problems

Haven't had any problems with these, my *favourite* pens, but I only use blue or black ink refills.

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Not twice this day
Inch time foot gem.

Home remedies

The fire remedy - match to tip - has only ever worked for me with ball points. Here's two home remedies, but, admittedly, they've only worked for me less than 50% of the time (but, if you're going to throw it out anyway ....).

1. Use one of those cleaning wipes that come in the cylindrical containers (baby wipes might do too) - wipe the tip throughly with the wipe. It won't work immediately, because of the moisture, but keep trying to write with it--if it's worked it'll write after a couple tries.

2. Apply pressure to the tip - I get a stack of scrap or newspaper - and press straight down. Then, try to write with it. Repeat - if it doesn't work after 4 tries, then it's dead Jim.

The good thing about G2s for me - if you get one that doesn't work - it's just a few bucks for a refill - but don't get me started about expensive and finiky fountain pens...

Some home remedies

The fire remedy - match to tip - has only ever worked for me with ball points. Here's two home remedies, but, admittedly, they've only worked for me less than 50% of the time (but, if you're going to throw it out anyway ....).

1. Use one of those cleaning wipes that come in the cylindrical containers (baby wipes might do too) - wipe the tip throughly with the wipe. It won't work immediately, because of the moisture, but keep trying to write with it--if it's worked it'll write after a couple tries.

2. Apply pressure to the tip - I get a stack of scrap or newspaper - and press straight down. Then, try to write with it. Repeat - if it doesn't work after 4 tries, then it's dead Jim.

The good thing about G2s for me - if you get one that doesn't work - it's just a few bucks for a refill - but don't get me started about expensive and finiky fountain pens...

G2s

I wouldn't use baby wipes. They have moisturizers in them (to protect baby's delicate behind). I've found that gels and rollerballs stop working for me if I put lotion on my hands and then immediately begin writing-- when the point gets down to the spot on the paper where my hand was resting, they just quit writing. Guess it's something in the lotion? But Lysol/Clorox wipes might work, since they have grease-cutting ingredients.

Laura

Clorox wipes work

I know this will be hard to believe, but I just used method #1 yesterday on a Sakura Gelato that stopped working in mid sentence (a red one, I don't use red much, and it sits gathering scruff in a desk pen holder - need a sealed pencil box).

The wipe method worked, and in fact, I used "Clorox disinfecting wipes" which, as far as I can ascertain, has only detergents, no moisterizers.

Thanks much for the tips! I

Thanks much for the tips!

I think I must have a batch of really defective pens! I ran and got my Clorox Disinfecting wipes (I don't own any nail polish remover to check Pilot's tip), but they have not revived my pens. Pressure is not doing anything for them, either.

I think Pilot will be getting an envelope of refills soon.

-Erika

Reviving G2s

Finally got around to trying to fix my G2s. Clorox wipes didn't work for me, but the nail polish seems to have helped. (Worked on my regular Pilot rollerballs, too.) One extra fine gel point still seems a little scratchy, but it's brand new, so I think I'll just take it back to Staples.

I bought my nail polish remover at either Target or the dollar store. I rarely wear polish, but it's useful stuff to have around. It takes Sharpie off plastic surfaces like CDs, tupperware, etc. The acetone variety is also pretty good on superglue.

Laura

Excellent news

Thanks for letting us know about your experience. I haven't mailed back my refills, so I'll pick up some nail polish remover and give that a try.

I did notice that one of my refills (a green one) has some gaps where there is no ink, so I guess that one will go back either way.

-Erika

G2 Pro

I am currently using a G2 Pro and I absolutely love it. It is super comfortable, writes beautifully, and looks great. (Always keep a lender pen on hand because these will walk off the first chance someone finds to take them.)

For working outdoors in the bitter cold, I am using the Uni Power Tank. The Uni-Ball PowerTank has a pressurized refill and will write in extreme conditions like wet paper, temperatures below zero, and upside down. It's like a modern version of the Fisher Space pen. I love the bold lines and haven't had a problem with it yet. (And believe me it's been darn cold outside!)

Technical stuff: The Power Tank uses the world's first see through pressurized refill. It works with compressed air at 3000hPa and employs a 'high gas barrier resin'. While I have no idea what that means, I can honestly say it is an awesome pen that I will be buying by the dozen.