Cleaning A Pilot Prera Cap

If you own a newer (demonstrator) Pilot Prera, then you’ve experienced the affliction of ink behind the cap insert. This insert does a good job of sealing the nib so it doesn’t dry out, but it also does a good job of sealing ink into the cap! I used to think it was just a fact of life, but with some experimentation, I discovered the cap does in fact disassemble entirely! With these few simple steps, you can completely clean out your Prera cap to look like new.

Write On,
Brian Goulet 

2017-10-11T03:24:08+00:00 January 9th, 2013|Tips & Tricks|37 Comments
  • apete06

    I’m going to guess Noodler’s Grizzly?

  • apete06

    Love the new intro! What color is the ink that got caught in the cap? It caught my eye. Thanks!

  • Anne P

    Love the new intro! What ink is caught in the cap? It caught my eye!
    Thanks!

    • That would be Noodler’s Apache Sunset, one of my favs

  • Apete06

    Love the new intro! What ink is caught in the cap? It caught my eye!
    Thanks!

  • SMS

    Intro looks fantastic.

  • SMS

    Intro looks fantastic.

  • Michael

    Nice animation at the start! Santa gave you connections to talent, or time to play?

    I’d be inclined to customize the cap by inserting a film of plastic or foil in between the inner and outer parts of the cap. Perhaps even a swatch of the active ink on a slip of paper would be better than having to look at that ghastly white!

    Michael

    • Thanks! I’ve been messing around a bit in Final Cut/Motion, having some fun 😉 You could put something there, or just put a few drops of ink in there intentionally to show you the color you have! Wait…I think the clear body might show the ink in the converter….ah well.

  • Michael

    Nice animation at the start! Santa gave you connections to talent, or time to play?

    I'd be inclined to customize the cap by inserting a film of plastic or foil in between the inner and outer parts of the cap. Perhaps even a swatch of the active ink on a slip of paper would be better than having to look at that ghastly white!

    Michael

  • aaronwest

    Brian, this is one of your best tips. A few months ago I got some Diamine Ancient Copper in my Prera cap and I spent at least 30 minutes futzing with water and tools trying to flush out the ink. Much like you were doing at the start of your video. I was able to get it pretty clean, but your tip will help me go back and really get it clean. Thank you so much.

    • I’m so glad to hear it will help you! Inserts on most of my other pens are friction fit, and not this hard to remove. I think there are a lot of Prera owners out there with inky caps because it was just too confusing to remove the insert. But not any more 😉

  • aaronwest

    Brian, this is one of your best tips. A fews ago I got some Diamine Ancient Copper in my Prera cap and I spent at least 30 minutes futzing with water and tools trying to flush out the ink. Much like you were doing at the start of the video. I was able to get it pretty clean, but your tip will help me go back and really get it clean. Thank you so much.

  • Freddy

    Brian, what a simple, yet effective, solution. As always, well done! 😉

    • Thanks! That’s what I love doing, figuring out how to take simple things and make your writing experience better.

  • Freddy

    Brian, what a simple, yet effective, solution. As always, well done! 😉

  • That would be Noodler's Apache Sunset, one of my favs

  • Thanks!

  • Thanks! I've been messing around a bit in Final Cut/Motion, having some fun 😉 You could put something there, or just put a few drops of ink in there intentionally to show you the color you have! Wait…I think the clear body might show the ink in the converter….ah well.

  • I'm so glad to hear it will help you! Inserts on most of my other pens are friction fit, and not this hard to remove. I think there are a lot of Prera owners out there with inky caps because it was just too confusing to remove the insert. But not any more 😉

  • Thanks! That's what I love doing, figuring out how to take simple things and make your writing experience better.

  • Kyle Sanders

    I’ve kept my Prera away from public for near 8 months because of Private Reserve Velvet Black in the cap made the pen look just strange. I can’t wait to use this.
    P.S. The Prera was my first fountain pen and I’ve bought another one since then. I love them.

    • Clean it out and get that puppy back in commission! : )

  • I've kept my Prera away from public for near 8 months because of Private Reserve Velvet Black in the cap made the pen look just strange. I can't wait to use this.
    P.S. The Prera was my first fountain pen and I've bought another one since then. I love them.

  • David

    Brian – nicely done! Couple of questions…

    1. I don’t own a Prera because of this issue. Now – does the finial screw into a metal stud or into the plastic cap liner. If it screws into the plastic cap liner, then doing this trick often will likely strip the threads.

    2. Does the pencil eraser/rubber-band trick work with the Noodler’s Ahab? Ink gets trapped behind the cap liner in the Ahabs and is visible with the demonstrator versions.

    Thanks, David

    • The finial just screws into the plastic, there’s no metal stud or anything. It should hold up for a really long time as long as you’re careful with it, but if you’d rather not risk it, then just don’t take it apart. The Ahab doesn’t have a cap liner, so there’s nothing to remove. You may just need to clean the inside of the cap itself, which you can do with a Q-tip.

      • David

        Brian, I must disagree – there is definitely a some sort of liner in the Ahab cap. My Mandarin Yellow Ahab has ink trapped between the clear liner and the cap. The liner is very visible in my black Ahab. I believe the liner is there to grip the barrel when posted without marring the barrel end. My attempts to get the liner out have been unsuccessful so far.

        • You’re right…there is an insert there, but it’s REALLY hard to see on a new pen. It’s very thin, and clear, it hugs right up against the cap and it extends pretty much right down to the threads inside the cap. I have no idea how you’d remove that, if it’s even possible.

  • David

    Brian – nicely done! Couple of questions…

    1. I don't own a Prera because of this issue. Now – does the finial screw into a metal stud or into the plastic cap liner. If it screws into the plastic cap liner, then doing this trick often will likely strip the threads.

    2. Does the pencil eraser/rubber-band trick work with the Noodler's Ahab? Ink gets trapped behind the cap liner in the Ahabs and is visible with the demonstrator versions.

    Thanks, David

  • The finial just screws into the plastic, there's no metal stud or anything. It should hold up for a really long time as long as you're careful with it, but if you'd rather not risk it, then just don't take it apart. The Ahab doesn't have a cap liner, so there's nothing to remove. You may just need to clean the inside of the cap itself, which you can do with a Q-tip.

  • Clean it out and get that puppy back in commission! : )

  • David

    Brian, I must disagree – there is definitely a some sort of liner in the Ahab cap. My Mandarin Yellow Ahab has ink trapped between the clear liner and the cap. The liner is very visible in my black Ahab. I believe the liner is there to grip the barrel when posted without marring the barrel end. My attempts to get the liner out have been unsuccessful so far.

  • You're right…there is an insert there, but it's REALLY hard to see on a new pen. It's very thin, and clear, it hugs right up against the cap and it extends pretty much right down to the threads inside the cap. I have no idea how you'd remove that, if it's even possible.

  • Pedro Sousa

    Hi brian,

    I´ve recently bought a pilot prera iro ai, but the inner cap seems cracked…. Its doesn´t do that clicky sound anymore and it doesn´t close securely…. Is the inner cap needed to secure the cap or can I just remove it and use the pen without the inner cap?
    Or where can I find a replacement inner cap?

  • Gracie

    Hi Brian, is it possible to unscrew the threads at the end of the Prera, in order to use the converter without unscrewing it from the pen body? Thanks!

  • Shelly@KSCD

    Hi Brian,

    I have had this pen since the beginning of the year and for some reason I can’t pick it up without it leaking all over my fingers. I’m always covered in black. Why is this?