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Old 02-12-2021, 03:38 AM   #1  
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Question Is There a Way to Revive Glue Pens

Honestly, no matter how careful I am with them, their maintenance, storage, etc., my glue pens always stop working. I figure I actually get to use about .001% of the glue in the barrel before they clog up and become unusable. It's frustrating and oh-so wasteful. Recently I've tried Zig and Quickie, but I think I've tried all of the brands at some time or other. For me, the Zig worked a bit better than the Quickie (quickest thing it did was stop working), but not as you would hope.

Is there a way to make them last longer than a few uses?
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Old 02-17-2021, 04:13 AM   #2  
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I've not had any issue with my Zig fine tip glue pens, but the Quickie glue pens are another thing. I have a couple of those that are at least half full and I can't get them to work.
I've heard of soaking them in hot water and all sorts to get them to work again, but I gave up on mine. As to say, annoying cos to can clearly see they are still full of glue.
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Old 02-17-2021, 05:03 AM   #3  
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Maybe try checking with the company. I'd be interested in finding out if the pens can be revived. I quit buying them because I'd use them once and then they'd clog.
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Old 02-17-2021, 05:07 AM   #4  
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I think I had a problem only once. Every other Quicki glue pen I've bought has worked fine. I use them up to the very last drop. Could you maybe pry off the tip and clean it out?
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I have a Tombow that is practically new, but won't work. I too the top off to get to the inside (it is just like a ballpoint pen) and there is glue all over the outside of the filler part, but none comes out of the tip. There is lots of glue in the tube, so I have no idea what's going on. It's now resides in the trash.
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Old 02-17-2021, 06:32 AM   #6  
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I've had some success reviving a Quikie glue pen by rolling between my hands to warm it up. I usually do that for a couple of minutes. I also store it flat as opposed to vertical. HTH's.
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I just tried the suggestion of rubbing it between my hands. It worked!
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I swear by my Gina K glue pen. It has been the best and never clogs or dries up!!!
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To keep a Quickie Glue Pen or your gel pens working like new, when you finish using them, put a little ball of polymer clay on the tip. Or, this is what I do: drip melted wax on the tip. Doing either of these will keep your pens from drying out. The tiny blob you have to pull off a new pen is what the factory puts on them so they will work when you buy them. If you can manage to save that, stick it back on.
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First, thanks all. I tried the warming it up in my hands, that didn't work. Guess my pen was too far gone? I will try soaking in hot water; it would be nice if that worked.. I'm hesitant to disassemble a glue pen; knowing myself, that's a mess waiting to happen.

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To keep a Quickie Glue Pen or your gel pens working like new, when you finish using them, put a little ball of polymer clay on the tip. Or, this is what I do: drip melted wax on the tip. Doing either of these will keep your pens from drying out. The tiny blob you have to pull off a new pen is what the factory puts on them so they will work when you buy them. If you can manage to save that, stick it back on.
Thanks, unccbballfan. I do that already, and it doesn't work, at least for me. I have 2 Quickies that I used about a project or two each before they quit working, and they both have that wax blob replaced on the top every time. Like I said, no matter what I try...

So, for me, I'm back to a combination of the old things: Xyron, glue dot runner and liquid glue w/a toothpick application. At least until the next thing comes along to tempt.

Thanks all; you're kind for offering assistance. I appreciate it!
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For the Quickie pen: Pull the pen part out of the barrel, pull the glue tube out of the pen head, stick a pin in and wiggle it around. Stick the tube back on and try writing with it. If it starts to flow, reassemble. If not pull the tube off and wiggle a pin in there some more ( a warm water soak may be needed).

Hint: I worked the blade of a craft knife in between the barrel and the white "pointy" part. Go around until you get some space, then use a craft stick to lever it off. Good luck!
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