Some people prefer to refill their whiteboard markers rather than run out and buy new ones the moment they stop working; not only is this a more environmentally friendly option, it is also a very cost effective one. How do you go about refilling the markers, however? Can you simply purchase new inkpads or is there more to it?
Step 1: Using a pair of pliers, remove the plug from the bottom of the marker and set it aside. Try not to damage or warp the plug in any way, as you will need to reinsert it later on.
Step 2: Take a small syringe and suck up a small amount of acetone. Hold the syringe upside down until you are ready to use it, as this will prevent the acetone from spilling out.
Step 3: Holding the whiteboard marker in one hand (with the open end pointing upwards), insert the tip of the syringe into the opening. Gently squeeze the syringe to inject the acetone into the inkpad.
Step 4: Put the plug back into the bottom of the marker and leave it sit, tip facing downwards, for a few minutes. This will allow the acetone to work its way through the inkpad and revive the colour.
Whilst it is possible to purchase some new inkpad inserts for your whiteboard markers (although you may have a little trouble finding them), most people find it more beneficial to get as much as they can out of the existing pad. If you don’t have access to acetone, try tying a string to the marker and swinging it above your head; the centrifugal force will move the remaining ink down.