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Old 12-03-2018, 10:36 PM   #1
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Smile Stamp pad turned to Mush...

Has anyone had this happen? I had a Cat's Eye pigment stamp ink, and the stamp pad had turned mushy. I have had it for a long time. I've just never had one do that before. I guess I should check the others in the near future. Fortunately, I hardly ever used it anyway, so it wasn't a big loss.
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Old 12-04-2018, 03:40 AM   #2
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A good few years ago there was a bad batch of Perfect Medium pads that turned to mush pretty instantly! Ranger replaced them all whenever anyone reported the issue. I’ve never had one disintegrate over a long time though, that must be a bit frustrating when you’ve just reached for the perfect colour!
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I've had it happen with a craft ink pad and I wrote to Clearsnap:

"This most commonly happens with pads that are 10+ years old.

Due to their consistency, pigment based inks require a foam pad material and, unfortunately, foam can be unpredictable. Some foam pads can last 20+ years and others not so much."





She said she could tell from the code on the back of the pad that it had been manufactured in 2013, and they were surprised that it had deteriorated like this when it was relatively "new".

It might be worth writing to let the company know, if only for their own quality control - not sure if they would replace it or not, but it helps their developers know what's going on in the long term.
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Yes I've had it happen many times to older pads, especially pigment ink pads. I also had it happened to a non pigment permanent ink pad as well once though.


While some ink pads may last a long time, I consider them a consumable that needs to be used not horded and definitely not refillable for forever.
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Yes .... it has happened to 'cat's eye' mini pads and a couple of very old foam pads. The foam essentially disintegrated into yucky + messy. As mentioned above ... all were several years old. I'm one who considers them as a consumable as well .... unless whatever happens to be brand new.
Treat yourself to a new replacement or two for your crafty 'stocking'.
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Old 12-05-2018, 11:06 PM   #6
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They were actually some that I almost never used ,so they won't be missed. I tried another one today in white, and it is trying to shred when I use it, so it will be going bye-bye too. I had bought me some new pigment inks in different colors not long ago, so I'm happy!
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