Loosening the section
Edited by tryphon on October 1, 2014, 5:17 pm
Beth! I think I misunderstood your original question and I went on about loosening the nib from the section. Re-reading your post I can see that your question was about loosening a shellacked section from the barrel! I apologize! To loosen a shellacked section, you should always use heat. The best tool is an adjustable temperature heat gun, used at the lowest (least hot) settings. Good results can be had by using a hair dryer. Go in stages and stop when the heat applied becomes uncomfortable for your hand: that is usually when it also becomes excessive for the material of the pen itself! Some of the most difficult sections to remove can be found in Waterman's Taperite pens. In some cases the section was actually cemented to the barrel! In such cases it has been suggested to fill the barrel with ethyl alcohol, using a syringe and allowing the alcohol to soften the cement for a few minutes, then trying very carefully to remove the section, using small lateral as well as vertical movements, as well as moderate heat.
Even professional repair persons sometimes break a Taperite barrel while trying to separate the section from it!
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