Protecting Your Fountain Pens from Heat Damage: Tips for Avoiding Heat-Related Issues

Summer is the season for fun in the sun, and what better way to keep track of your memories than with your trusty fountain pen? Keeping your fountain pen within reach is always a good idea whether you’re out for picnics, going on a road trip, or hitting the beach or pool. But as fun as the summer months can be, you also have to deal with the reality of scorching temperatures. Heat damage is a real thing for our valuables, so here, we’re going to cover how to protect your writing instruments from heat-related issues. Here's what you need to know to keep your pens cool and in great working condition.

 

The Risks of Heat Damage

Heat can negatively impact your fountain pen in several ways.

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Cracked or warped components. High temperatures can cause materials like acrylic or celluloid to crack or warp, compromising the pen's aesthetics and functionality.

 

Ink leaks and explosions. Heat can affect ink, making it more prone to leaks from the converter or cartridge. In extreme cases, a sealed pen left in the heat can build pressure and even explode, causing a mess and potentially damaging the pen.

 

Dried ink clogs. Heat can cause ink to evaporate more quickly, leading to dried ink buildup in the feed and converter/cartridge. This can clog the pen and make writing difficult or impossible.

 

Reduced ink performance. Heat exposure can alter the properties of your ink, affecting its flow, color vibrancy, and permanence.

 

Preventive Measures: Store Wisely

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The key to protecting your pens from heat damage lies in proper storage. Here are some tips:

• Choose a cool, dark location for storing your pens. Avoid areas with direct sunlight, which can significantly increase temperatures. A climate-controlled room is ideal.

• Invest in good quality pen cases or boxes. Leather or padded cases offer additional protection from bumps and scratches while providing some insulation from heat fluctuations.

• Consider individual pen cases or a dedicated pen storage box for particularly valuable or heat-sensitive pens.

 

Beyond Storage: Daily Habits

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Even with proper storage, daily habits can put your pens at risk. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

 

Don't leave your pen in a hot car. This may seem obvious, but a car parked in the sun can quickly become very hot. Don't leave your pen in the car, even temporarily.

 

Avoid hot pockets. Carrying your pen in a warm pocket can subject it to unnecessary heat. Opt for a cooler compartment in your bag or a separate pen case you can keep outside your pocket.

 

Limit sun exposure. While enjoying some outdoor writing, avoid exposing your pen to direct sunlight for extended periods.

 

Dealing with the Heat: What if it Happens

Even with precautions, sometimes unexpected heat exposure can occur.

 

If your pen has been exposed to heat, don't try to cool it down rapidly. This can cause further damage. Let it cool down gradually at room temperature.

 

Once cool, inspect your pen for any leaks or clogs. If you find leaks, disassemble the pen (if comfortable doing so) and clean it thoroughly. For clogs, flushing the pen with cool water may be necessary.

 

If you suspect significant damage, like cracks or persistent clogs, it's best to consult a professional pen repair specialist.

 

Additional Tips for Hot Climates

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If you live in a hot climate, here are other ways to care for your fountain pens:

• Consider using inks formulated for hot weather. These inks are less likely to dry out or clog in high temperatures.

• Regular cleaning with cool water can help prevent dried ink buildup, which is more likely to occur in hot weather.

 

The Bottom Line

By taking preventative measures and being mindful of heat exposure, you can ensure your fountain pens stay in top condition for years to come. Remember, a little extra care goes a long way in protecting these treasured writing companions.

 

Now, go forth and write with confidence, knowing your pen is safe from the summer heat!

 

 

Written by EndlessPens Blogger Ramona Kabigting

Author: Ramona

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