Frequently Asked Questions
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February 1, 2004
Parker used two different approaches in darkening the grid lines on the sterling silver 75. One was by using some black material, and the other by aging the sterling silver in the lines. You can restore by using the second method which is simpler.
A compound called as "liver of sulphur" is available in powder or solution form from art stores. It is an oxidizer for silver that is commonly used to give metal collectibles an antique appearance they call patina. You can do the same on your Parker 75 pen. Be forewarned, this working solution stinks so you should use it in an open area or you may be overcome by the fumes.
To use it, apply it over the entire pen cap or barrel and allow the solution to oxidize the surface and lines until it is as dark as you want the lines to appear. Depending on the strength of this solution, it may be very quick. Once the desired color is attained, quickly rinse off with water to stop the oxidation process.
The next step is to polish the surface using the silver polishing cloth suggested earlier. Be gentle when polishing so that you may leave the dark color in the grid lines.
One last suggestion. The solution of liver of sulphur has a shorter shelf life. Given a choice between powder or solution for the same price, choose the powder form since you can mix it whenever needed. Just follow the instructions to dissolve the powder in hot distilled water to make your own solution.
Update of February 7, 2004
I received an excellent suggestion from a contributor to this website . He wrote to say that you can also accelerate the oxidation if you simply put the sterling silver cap or barrel in a new rubber sac of an appropriate size. Apparently the sulphur in the rubber is enough to oxidize the silver but at a rate that is a bit more controllable than using a liver of sulphur solution.
Also, for a bit more aggressive polishing than the silver polishing cloth you can use a 6000+ grit micro- surface micromesh but do so very gently.
Update of July 15, 2006
Sam Fiorella from Pendemonium wrote to me about the sac sizes:
From what she wrote, perhaps the best way is to use three 23 1/2N sacs as she suggests and put the pen with sac into a sealable plastic sandwich bag.
Write to her if you want to place an order for these sacs by clicking here.
April 29, 2004
It is simple but you need to be gentle to avoid breaking the unexposed portion of the nib assembly. Here are the steps.
May 22, 2008
OK so you followed the above FAQ to separate the nib assembly from the gripping, here's how you clean each.
A few words of caution
June 30, 2012
After following FAQs #11 and #12 above for a thorough cleansing, you can now re-assemble the nib with its section and converter. Before you fill with ink, however, fill it with a solution of 90% water mixed with 10% hand dishwashing liquid soap (don't use machine liquid which is gritty). Leave the solution for 15 minutes then empty and wipe the nib and section dry, You can then refill with ink.
The purpose of this exercise is to coat the interior surface of your section with a surfactant. This chemical will lower the surface tension of ink to the interior and will promote better ink flow.
I suggest you perform this thorough cleaning of your nib and section, and this pre-fill of the surfactant solution once every 6-9 months. Doing this will keep your pen in top operating condition.
One final note. Many people come to me in need of replacement sections because the metal band has corroded or become unsightly. In a few extreme cases, the band has completely fallen off the section. To prevent this situation and minimize the corrosive effects of ink on the metal band of your section, don't let dried ink remain for long periods. Wipe the dried ink off your metal band whenever you see it.
December 31, 2013
Over the years I have seen two repeating problems with Parker 75 FP gripping sections. The end result is that you will likely need to replace the section, which is expensive nowadays since the part has not been made in several decades, more so the triangular grip US version with wide metal band than the rounded French version with the thin gold colored band.
Here are descriptions of the problems and my suggestions that will help your FP gripping sections last as long as possible.
Revised: December 31, 2013 .
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