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Old 07-29-2020, 07:32 AM   #1
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Question Misti stamp tool - cleaning & use - just received mine

I just received my Misti stamp tool (12x12) and it has 2 pads with it. The note says to use the thin foam for rubber cling mount stamps and both with photopolymer stamps. ???? Is "rubber cling mount" a red rubber type? And "photopolymer" a clear cling stamp? Google was not helpful.

All my stamps are unmounted but I use Tack N Peel on my clear blocks to hold non cling stamps. What do you use on the Misti to hold stamps that are not cling type?

How do you clean the acrylic without damaging it? Do I need a special cleaner?

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There are some good youtubes on how to use your Misti.
For ink spots I have a wet paper towel near to wipe with as I use it. I have used glass cleaner too.
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Welcome to the wonderful world of Misti - a lot of fun will ensue.

To answer you question - the rubber cling mount refers to any stamps that have an attached pad; typically these are the red rubber (but I've seen gray rubber stamps with a pad as well). The "cling" stamps are either bare rubber or the clear photopolymer stamps - they don't have any pad with them. Basically, it comes down to thickness - if it's thick, 1 pad; if it's thin, 2 pads.

In terms of cleaning your Misti lid, for dye ink, a quick rub with a towel does the trick. For Staz-On, you will likely need something else to help get rid of any ink - there are a few discussion threads on this that will give pointers.
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Welcome to the wonderful world of Misti - a lot of fun will ensue.

To answer you question - the rubber cling mount refers to any stamps that have an attached pad; typically these are the red rubber (but I've seen gray rubber stamps with a pad as well). The "cling" stamps are either bare rubber or the clear photopolymer stamps - they don't have any pad with them. Basically, it comes down to thickness - if it's thick, 1 pad; if it's thin, 2 pads.

In terms of cleaning your Misti lid, for dye ink, a quick rub with a towel does the trick. For Staz-On, you will likely need something else to help get rid of any ink - there are a few discussion threads on this that will give pointers.





Thank you susanvm! That is very helpful and exactly what I was looking for.
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Tim Holtzs advice for cleaning his platform was hand sanitiser, It shifts any ink, Staz-on included. I'd imagine the Misti would be the same.
On stamp types- I have often found it better to be guided by the thickness of the stamp, rather than what it says on the product. For instance, Clarity brand stamps are clear photopolymer, so you'd put them on the 'clear' side/ use the recommended pads. However, Clarity stamps are super thick, thicker than many rubber stamps, so they're actually better used with the 'rubber' info.
To adhere bare rubber stamps, I've found a glue stick swiped across the back works fine, and can easily be wiped off afterwards. Again, these stamps are really thin, so you'd use them with the 'clear stamps' info.
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When I first bought my MISTI (one of the original made-by-hand ones), Nova plastic cleaner was the recommendation. It was hard to find (and expensive), but I bought some and didn't love it. I'm not sure if the MISTI is made with the same "acrylic" as Tim's stamp platform, but I would be leery of anything containing alcohol. My acrylic blocks have crazing and cloudiness as a result of using something with alcohol in it.I usually hit the platform with whatever I just cleaned the stamps with - microfiber cloth + water or Simple Green or Ultra Clean (depending on ink used), or a baby wipe. Not too fussy and my MISTI shows it, lol... Still performs like a champ, though!
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As Sue said, Nova plastic cleaner is the recommendation. I have the second issue one, maybe, as it is not the hand-made one that Sue is referring to. Basically I clean mine with stamp cleaner, no alcohol, when it has ink that will not easily come off. If I use Archival ink, which I often use with watercolor, I tend to clean it with the Nova cleaner. I have never used the second cleaner she recommends for scratches, as I have never had a scratch.

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I have an original MISTI too. When I couldn't get the NOVA plastic cleaner locally I emailed My Sweet Petunia and was told you can use plastic cleaner also. It's what is used to clean and polish plastic headlights. I got mine at Wal-Mart in the car cleaning aisle. It can also be used on plexiglass, brake lights, plastic convertible windows, motorcycle windscreens, helmet face shields, boat windows, bug deflectors and CD's. Most of the times I just use a baby wipe as soon as I can and save the plastic polish for the most stubborn stains.

Meguiar's G12310 PlastX Clear Plastic Cleaner & Polish, 10 oz - Walmart.com - Walmart.com
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I have an original MISTI too. When I couldn't get the NOVA plastic cleaner locally I emailed My Sweet Petunia and was told you can use plastic cleaner also. It's what is used to clean and polish plastic headlights. I got mine at Wal-Mart in the car cleaning aisle. It can also be used on plexiglass, brake lights, plastic convertible windows, motorcycle windscreens, helmet face shields, boat windows, bug deflectors and CD's. Most of the times I just use a baby wipe as soon as I can and save the plastic polish for the most stubborn stains.

Meguiar's G12310 PlastX Clear Plastic Cleaner & Polish, 10 oz - Walmart.com - Walmart.com





Thanks for the heads-up - I'll have to investigate this. I typically don't have a problem with just a bit of water, but if I do, this might be the way to go.
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OK, so I have discovered "The cat's meow" for using plain red rubber in the MISTI.

Now I must say that someone (I can't find it again!) put a piece of tack-n-peel on a sheet of cling vinyl and places the cling vinyl on the MISTI door when using nekkid red rubber. I've not tried that, but I've seen others use this method.

However, the greatest solution I've found is this: Purple Onion Designs makes what they call a "Clear Mounting Stamp". It is a clear piece of something that comes protected with plastic on both sides. Instead of me describing how it works, watch this video:
Using Red Rubber stamps: no more mounting! - YouTube
It can be used for any size of red rubber that has no mounting foam on it.

It is often out of stock at Purple Onion's website and you need to ask to be notified when it's in stock and then order it as soon as possible! I got mine a couple of weeks ago, and it is truly "the cat's meow!"

Edited to Add: It is currently in stock at Purple Onion, and comes in two sizes. Here's a link:
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OK, so I have discovered "The cat's meow" for using plain red rubber in the MISTI.

Now I must say that someone (I can't find it again!) put a piece of tack-n-peel on a sheet of cling vinyl and places the cling vinyl on the MISTI door when using nekkid red rubber. I've not tried that, but I've seen others use this method.

However, the greatest solution I've found is this: Purple Onion Designs makes what they call a "Clear Mounting Stamp". It is a clear piece of something that comes protected with plastic on both sides. Instead of me describing how it works, watch this video:
Using Red Rubber stamps: no more mounting! - YouTube
It can be used for any size of red rubber that has no mounting foam on it.

It is often out of stock at Purple Onion's website and you need to ask to be notified when it's in stock and then order it as soon as possible! I got mine a couple of weeks ago, and it is truly "the cat's meow!"

Edited to Add: It is currently in stock at Purple Onion, and comes in two sizes. Here's a link:
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Diane,
I think SU has the same, or similar, product available to make stamps without cling (think SU former cling stamps that wouldn’t cling!)
It’s a new product in the annual catalog. It’s called Cling Adhesive - 152452 is the ordering number. Price is $8 for 5? Sheets that are about 5x7.
I am on my second package of these. It has excellent cling, and once you get the hang of how to apply it to the back of the red rubber, it’s simple to use.

Recommendation from me is to make squiggle lines with sharpie marker all over the back side of each sheet of release paper. That way if you have a small piece left over, or cut it from big sheet, you don’t have to guess which side is the back side (part that clings to stamp) of the product.
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PS. As others have mentioned, DO NOT use any product that has ALCOHOL to clean your MISTI. It will leave a permanent Etched smear mark on your plate.

I used alcohol on a bedtime reading light that had similar acrylic plate and ruined it. <> Live and learn...
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A great place to find the Novus (not Nova) cleaner is a motorcycle shop. And the Memory MISTI is quite an investment, so I wouldn't use alcohol to clean it.
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OK, so I have discovered "The cat's meow" for using plain red rubber in the MISTI.

Now I must say that someone (I can't find it again!) put a piece of tack-n-peel on a sheet of cling vinyl and places the cling vinyl on the MISTI door when using nekkid red rubber. I've not tried that, but I've seen others use this method.

However, the greatest solution I've found is this: Purple Onion Designs makes what they call a "Clear Mounting Stamp". It is a clear piece of something that comes protected with plastic on both sides. Instead of me describing how it works, watch this video:

It can be used for any size of red rubber that has no mounting foam on it.

It is often out of stock at Purple Onion's website and you need to ask to be notified when it's in stock and then order it as soon as possible! I got mine a couple of weeks ago, and it is truly "the cat's meow!"

Edited to Add: It is currently in stock at Purple Onion, and comes in two sizes. Here's a link:
Shop - Stamping Supplies - Purple Onion Designs




Diane,
I think SU has the same, or similar, product available to make stamps without cling (think SU former cling stamps that wouldn’t cling!)
It’s a new product in the annual catalog. It’s called Cling Adhesive - 152452 is the ordering number. Price is $8 for 5? Sheets that are about 5x7.
I am on my second package of these. It has excellent cling, and once you get the hang of how to apply it to the back of the red rubber, it’s simple to use.

Recommendation from me is to make squiggle lines with sharpie marker all over the back side of each sheet of release paper. That way if you have a small piece left over, or cut it from big sheet, you don’t have to guess which side is the back side (part that clings to stamp) of the product.


Not to argue, but these are not the same product. The one Diane is talking about is not permanent on the stamp. The one you are referring to is permanent when applied to the stamp.

I own neither. I do see the one Diane posted to be quite helpful when going to bare rubber and not wanting additional adhesive. I also see the one that SU has to make the older sets now cling as useful. I basically have not applied stickers to any of my red rubber sets and use them all as cling mount ones.
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Quick report back on SU Cling Adhesive. It may not be designed to use on bare red rubber stamps, but it works quite well.

I just experimented with the SU cling adhesive on the back of bare red rubber stamp that I had removed from a SU wheel/roller stamp. This rubber was clean, there was no trace of old adhesive on rubber. I applied the cling adhesive to the back of the rubber, popped it in the MIST and stamped.
Worked great!
The rubber held securely to the acrylic plate for repeated stamping and released from the MISTI like a regular cling stamp. For storage, I placed the stamp on a slim strip of stamp storage sheet. Easy peasy!
As for it being permanent, I’m pretty sure I could remove it by using a pokey tool to lift it off.
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Thank you so much, Susy. I was having understanding, so I really thought they worked differently. Glad you did the experiment. I need to purchase some of that new cling for rubber stamps from other companies that have a sticker and just will not stick.
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Thank you so much, Susy. I was having understanding, so I really thought they worked differently. Glad you did the experiment. I need to purchase some of that new cling for rubber stamps from other companies that have a sticker and just will not stick.



You are welcome! I’m so glad you pointed out to me that the product might not work on bare red rubber. I totally forgot I HAD bare rubber stamps that were lingering in a drawer in unusable condition! Your comment lead to this serendipitous discovery. So thanks back at ya! <>

One important detail to keep in mind, the back of the red rubber needs to be squeaky clean, with no debris leftover from other adhesion methods. I’m certain that if there was any gunk on the surface of the rubber, the cling adhesive would not stick securely to the surface.
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OK, so I have discovered "The cat's meow" for using plain red rubber in the MISTI.

Now I must say that someone (I can't find it again!) put a piece of tack-n-peel on a sheet of cling vinyl and places the cling vinyl on the MISTI door when using nekkid red rubber. I've not tried that, but I've seen others use this method.

However, the greatest solution I've found is this: Purple Onion Designs makes what they call a "Clear Mounting Stamp". It is a clear piece of something that comes protected with plastic on both sides. Instead of me describing how it works, watch this video:
Using Red Rubber stamps: no more mounting! - YouTube
It can be used for any size of red rubber that has no mounting foam on it.

It is often out of stock at Purple Onion's website and you need to ask to be notified when it's in stock and then order it as soon as possible! I got mine a couple of weeks ago, and it is truly "the cat's meow!"

Edited to Add: It is currently in stock at Purple Onion, and comes in two sizes. Here's a link:
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Oh my! This is awesome. I need to decide which size to order. Thank you!
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Popping in to post a link to a video by SimplySimpleStamping that shows how to apply/use the new SU Cling Adhesive. Her tips are excellent! Once you start using it, you will find your own best way, that being said her tips will guide you to a good result,

https://simplysimplestamping.com/how...o-cling-style/

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I use the SU shammy To clean my stamps & ink from the Misti. I use Dawn & water to clean the shammy. Rinse most of the Dawn off it & keep it damp & I put it in a plastic container with a lid to keep it moist on my desk for cleaning stamps & Misti. My old Misti is still in great shape after 7 years but I wanted the new one with the updates & I love it. If you take care of it it will last a long time. I also have a bottle of the Novus plastic clean & shine & use that to clean my Misti once or twice a year. Hope that helps
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