Do I need a replacement ink pad or a replacement plate for my self inking stamp? Can I re-ink the ink pad I have?
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What is the difference between a replacement ink pad and a replacement plate for my self inking stamp?
The ink pad is the pad housed in a removable plastic cartridge in the stamp that is inked and delivers the ink to the die plate as you press down to complete the stamping process. The plate is a piece of special rubber attached to the bottom of your stampers that is molded with your custom imprint.
You would need a replacement ink pad if your pad is no longer viable or you wish to change ink colors. When you replace the pad, you take out the entire plastic cartridge and replace it with a new one. The cartridge includes the ink pad. You do not take the pad out of the plastic cartridge as it is all one piece as shown below.
You would need a new replacement plate if the text and/or graphics are worn out and do not stamp well anymore, or if the custom imprint information is no longer valid such as you need to change the address or other text on the stamp.
What is a replacement ink pad?
Ink pads for self inking stamps come in many shapes and sizes depending on the make and model of your stamper. Here are a few examples of what they look like:
When the ink pad in your self inking stamp becomes worn out, has run out of ink, and/or the pad surface is dried and hard, it is now time to replace the pad. You can easily purchase and replace the ink pad in your self inking stamp. Here are some examples of how to replace your ink pad:
Detailed written instructions on how to replace the ink pad for any self inking stamp can be found here.
Can I reink the pad I have instead of replacing the ink pad?
If the pad is hard to the touch, crusty, has deep impression marks in the pad, or has dried out, it is best to replace the ink pad with a new one. However, if the ink pad is still soft and viable but has run out of enough ink to produce a good impression, you probably just need to re-ink the existing pad.
Detailed written instructions on how to add ink to your existing ink pad for any self inking stamp can be found here.
What is a replacement plate?
The die plate (or custom plate) is the rubber plate that has your custom text and/or graphics on it that makes the stamped impression once it is inked from the pad and stamped onto the printing surface. It can also be easily replaced if it is worn out or you simply want to change the custom text.
Detailed written instructions on how to replace your die plate with a new one for any self inking stamp can be found here.
For more information about replacement ink pads or replacement plates for yourself inking stamp, please send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll be glad to help. You can order replacement ink pads, bottles of ink, and replacement plates at www.addressstamp.com