How to Re-Ink a Copy Stamp

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Copy stamps are used to imprint the word “COPY” on a document to certify it as a genuine copy. It is used on documents such as a legal, notary public or standard document. There are several types of stamps with the word “COPY” marked on the stamp pad that are used as copy stamps. These include a regular Rubber Stamp, a Pre-Inked Stamp and Self-Inking Stamps. Here are instructions on re-inking a copy stamp.

Things You'll Need

  • Copy stamp
  • Ink or re-inking fluid
  • Rubber gloves
  • Scrap paper

Pre-Inked & Self-Inking Stamps Instructions

  • Protect your hands by wearing rubber gloves to prevent them from becoming stained with ink.

  • Select the ink color you will use and place the stamp on a piece of paper towel.

  • Pull off the top handle or cover of the stamp to uncover the ink holes in the stamp.

  • Refill the ink directly into the ink holes by depositing up to six drops of the re-inking fluid in the holes.

  • Snap the top handle or cover back into place on the stamp pad.

  • Allow it to soak for 15 minutes. Some pre-inking or self-inking stamps may take up to 24 hours before the ink is fully absorbed.

  • Test it on a plain piece of scrap paper, by stamping it on the paper to ensure it is ready for use.

Regular Rubber Stamp Instructions

  • Put on rubber gloves to keep your hands ink-free.

  • Take off the stamp pad or inkwell from the bottom of the stamp.

  • Apply a thin layer of ink to the surface of the stamp pad or ink well.

  • Let the ink set for around 20 minutes so it can completely saturate the stamp pad or inkwell surface.

  • Place the stamp pad or inkwell in an upright position to ensure that the ink is completely absorbed into the stamp pad.

  • Blot the stamp with a paper towel when ready for use.

  • Test it on piece of scrap paper. If the imprint looks too dull on the paper repeat the process, using more ink the next time.

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