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Refilling ink of Merrill stamp

PamperedchefDaly

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I ordered 2 Merrill stamps with my info about two years ago. They started getting really light so I went to Staples and bought ink for self-inking stampers.

I am now typing with black fingers. I refilled them OK, but after 3 hours I tried stamping them and ended up with ink all over my hands. Anybody else have problems refilling the stampers?
 

JAE

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I haven't tried to refill mine, but it started out really light. Now it's worthless. It wasn't worth the money I paid for it. I'd love to be able to refill it so it will work correctly.
 

wadesgirl

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I didn't have a problem filling mine but I discovered that you don't want to put too much into it!
 

cathyskitchen

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I usually let them sit overnight before trying to use them. Let the ink set in the stamper pad before you start stamping away. I've had the black fingers way too many times to count, but it's definitely better than buying a new stamper every few months!
 

NooraK

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I got some refill in for mine and refilled it for the second time in 3 years yesterday. The directions on the bottle say to use something like 10 drops. I just put drops on the areas where the impression from the stamp is, and watch as they are absorbed into the pad. I make sure the impression areas are covered, and however many drops that takes is enough.
 

chefann

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You definitely don't need to use much of the refill ink. I've got a bottle that I've had for 5 or 6 years. And definitely let the stamp rest for a few minutes to half an hour before you use it.
 

Zsu

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It only refills with IDEAL stamp ink.
I bought a bottle online and a replacement ink pad for about $10.
Ideal Water Based Refill Ink - 2 oz. Direct From the Manufacturer!
Ideal 200 Replacement Ink Pad Direct From The Manufacturer!

You don't necessarily need the new pad, unless it's really worn. However you need to follow the instructions for refilling the pad with more ink. I start on it in the evening, fill itt with a few drops a couple of times and let it sit overnight, then in the morning i push the tray back in. Use the dropping holes on the back of the pad, and there are instructions printed on the plastic next to the holes.

I hope it helps,
 

NooraK

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Mine is Office Max brand. I don't use the refill holes, just drop the ink droplets right on the pad and let them absorb.
 

elizabethfox

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so I don't need to buy the ideal ink for the stamp..I can just use whatever refill in I can find at like office max or staples? i just stamped a bunch of catalogs and realized i need to refill it sometime soon.. getting too light.
 

chefann

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That's right - just get whatever ink they have for refilling stamps at the office supply store. Saying you have to use Ideal ink for an Ideal stamp is like printer companies saying that you can't use generic ink in your printer.
 

CarolynnLee

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Yes, I used Office Max ink and it works just fine!
 

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