Best Way to Clean or Wash Ink from Stencil

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  1. Sweet-Spot

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    ok so I have a stencil that has some black ink residually on it from past stencilling (just around the edges).

    I strung up some black Kirschbaum strings and now want to use my white stencil ink on the black strings, but well aware the residual ink could cloud up my white ink head.

    So washing it woul dbe the best option, but water doesn't work very well. Whats the best way to do it?
     
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  2. MAX PLY

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    Try alchohol first then maybe acetone. I worry about the latter as it could damage the plastic on the stencil. My best sugggestion would be to make a new stencil for white stencils. You should be able to do it easily with some plastic and a razor knife. I have done a ton of times. Good luck.
     
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    agree with Max..... also try Goo Gone...
     
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  4. Arthuro

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    Soap and water, then alcohol.
     
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    i've haven't stenciled since the late 80's but i don't remember the inks running together after one had dried on the stencil.

    but then again we didn't need no stinkin' white ink. it was red or black, abit less fussy i guess.

    i'd still be inclined to give at whirl, might be just fine.
    the ink is still coming out of the bottle white, it'll make it through the tip.
     
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  6. diredesire

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    isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol will make a mess, but it'll take the ink off. Depending on the plastic, acetone (fingernail polish remover [pure]) will melt the stencil, but it is generally more active than iso. I'd get a shallow (disposable?) pan and fill with iso and let the stencil sit. Rinse as necessary.

    If it were me, though, I do like that white stencil ink stencil idea. You could take a filing folder and trace the cutout.
     
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  7. Irvin

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    If the ink dissolves the ink why not put ink on the stencil and wash it off with warm soapy water? If any solvent dissolves ink it will be the same solvent as what is in the ink.

    Another idea may be to put masking tape on the stencil and cut it out with an exacto knife.
     
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  8. Steve Huff

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    Yeah, I hate it when I accidentally put that big "W" on a Pure Drive.
     
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    As long as the ink is dry on the stencil, you shouldn't have any problem.
     
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