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How to Make Gel Pens Work Again

By Elton Dunn ; Updated April 18, 2017

Some tips from Sakura, maker of the Gelly Roll pen, will make a gel pen that still has ink in it to work again.

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Sakura's Tips

Make circular motions on paper with your gel pen. "The motion makes the tip (ball) roll and causes the gel ink to be pulled into the ball tip chamber. It might take a few tries," according to the manufacturer's FAQs.

Do not tap the bottom or top of pen; this may cause the ink to jam.

Heat the point with a lighter for a few seconds to warm the ink and loosen it. Do not touch the flame to the pen.

Hold the gel tip pen over a kettle or pot of boiling water for one to two minutes to heat and loosen the ink.

Things You Will Need

  • paper
  • gel pen
  • lighter
  • boiling water


Leave the cap on your gel pen at all times when the pen is not in use to prevent it from drying out. None of these tips are guaranteed to work. Some pens may be too old or too dried out. Be careful if using a lighter on your pen.

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About the Author

A successful website writer since 1998, Elton Dunn has demonstrated experience with technology, information retrieval, usability and user experience, social media, cloud computing, and small business needs. Dunn holds a degree from UCSF and formerly worked as professional chef. Dunn has ghostwritten thousands of blog posts, newsletter articles, website copy, press releases and product descriptions. He specializes in developing informational articles on topics including food, nutrition, fitness, health and pets.

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