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Posted 10/1/2013 by Melissashim in General Scrappin'


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Posted: 10/1/2013 9:47:03 PM
I used to love the white signo, but now I hate it. I didn't use it for a little while and now it's skipping and draws a clear line down the middle (not solid line of ink if that makes sense)

Anything recommendations for other white pens?


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Posted: 10/1/2013 9:49:57 PM
Put it in a cup of hot water to clear the ball, and loosen the ink. There aren't any better white pens than the Signo.

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Posted: 10/1/2013 9:56:14 PM
Also, IIRC, the Signo likes to be stored on its side better than straight vertical. Mine is still going strong after a year of intermittent use.


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Posted: 10/1/2013 10:07:48 PM
I have the same problem with my Signo! I will have to try the warm water tip that the poster above mentioned...

Lately I have been using the white Gelly Roll pen from Sakura and it's been great so far. I've even used it on glossy photos and haven't had a problem with it smudging.


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Posted: 10/2/2013 12:49:32 AM
I'll have to try the water too, I'm having the same issue. I was using it to do the "shine" on eyes, you know, the little dots? But all it's doing is becoming a globby mess *when* I can get it to even write at all. It's super new too, and barely any use.

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Posted: 10/2/2013 5:21:26 AM
Online card classes reccomended some tips:

- Draw on your hand first to warm up the tip, circles recommended to pool the ink.
- Hover above the paper, pool the ink. This is a thick opaque gel - treat it more like paint
- If the pen skips, stop, draw on your hand, get the ink flowing again.

I usually have dots of ink on my hand whenever I use this pen.

Before the signo pen, I would use Deleter white ink with a bamboo manga brush.


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Posted: 10/2/2013 6:31:23 AM
I had this sort of issue with mine...I just took the pen and tapped the ball tip of the pen on a sheet of paper three of four times and it started writing perfectly again

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Posted: 10/2/2013 7:01:50 AM
Thanks OP! I have the same problem. Now I can dig them out and try to fix!


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Posted: 10/2/2013 7:17:31 AM
Another thanx here! I've always read how great they are but have had nothing but trouble w/mine. I will definitely try the water, hand & side storage tips!

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Posted: 10/2/2013 9:42:26 AM
I've never heard that you should store them on the side. Thanks for the tip!


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Posted: 10/2/2013 10:06:17 AM
Thanks for the water tip! I've almost always stored them on their sides but still had problems.


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Posted: 10/2/2013 12:02:54 PM
I store mine on its side... Ill have to try the warm water tip.

I use the black signore for everyday writing and I've never bad trouble with them. Strange lol


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Posted: 10/2/2013 5:00:49 PM

Anything recommendations for other white pens?

Yep, the white chalk marker from SU

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Posted: 10/2/2013 5:06:51 PM
gave up on mine too. I just threw it away 2 days ago. was completely full but never worked well.


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Posted: 10/2/2013 6:09:46 PM
I've never had luck with white pens. Never. Tried several that were highly recommended.


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Posted: 10/2/2013 6:20:52 PM
I gave up on the Unibal Signo too. After the third one failed (on the second or third use) I won't buy any more of them. (I might give the hot water idea a try).

Now, I am using the Sakura Gelly roll and love it.


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Posted: 10/2/2013 6:33:03 PM
I have bought 3 pens in the past year thinking because of this same issue. I thought it was ME. Good to know I'm not the only one. Will try the hot water tip.

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Posted: 10/2/2013 7:31:56 PM
I just threw one away that didn't work. I'm on my second one in a year. I will not rebut after this.
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