Gel, Roller Ball, Liquid Inks – Are They Waterproof?

Gel Pens and Roller Pens

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I have been using fountain pens, ball point pens, roller ball (very limited), Gel pens, Liquid ink pens (very limited).

While most of the FP inks are not waterproof, some of them are – some of them are water resistant, and very few are water-proof and are even called “bullet-proof”. Ball point pen inks being oil based are definitely all water proof.

However, I have never found such any information for the non FP inks like Gel, Roller ball, and Liquid ink pens. So, I thought I will review them here. I hope this would be useful to some in selecting their gel/roller/liquid ink pen

The following were used:

1) Reynolds Racer Gel (Gel)
2) Reynolds Tekpoint (Liquid ink)
3) Reynolds Trimax (Liquid ink)
4) Jinhao Rollerball (Roller)
5) Flair Writometer (Gel)
6) Schmidt 888 F (Roller)
7) Uni Click Gel (Gel)
8) Cello Xpert (Liquid ink)
9) Rotomac 4G (Liquid ink)

The only criteria that went into the above selection – is the pens / refills that I currently have. I have used pens of other brands previously, but I dont have them now and therefore they have not been included here (notable being Pilot pens and Parker pens).

It is said an image speaks a thousand words…so I am putting up images instead of writing descriptions – the images are self explanatory. The images relating to Bleedthrough on backside relates to the part where water drops has been put on the front – so that its effect on backside can also be seen

1) Reynolds Racer Gel (Gel)

Reynolds Racer Gel Water drops

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Reynolds Racer Gel Back side bleedthrough:

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Reynolds Racer Gel Front after a while:

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Reynolds Racer Gel Front when water dried:

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2) Reynolds Tekpoint (Liquid ink)

Reynolds Tekpoint Water drops

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Reynolds Tekpoint Back side bleedthrough:

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Reynolds Tekpoint Front after a while and water dried:

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3) Reynolds Trimax (Liquid ink)

Reynolds Trimax Water Drops

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Reynolds Trimax Back side bleedthrough:

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Reynolds Trimax Front after a while & water dried:

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4) Jinhao Rollerball (Roller)

Jinhao Water Drops:

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Jinhao Backside Bleedthrough:

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Jinhao Front after a while:

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Jinhao Front when water dried:

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5) Flair Writometer (Gel)

Flair Writometer Water drops

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Flair Writometer Back side bleedthrough:

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Flair Writometer Front after a while and water dried:

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6) Schmidt 888 F (Roller)

Schmidt Roller Water drops

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Schmidt Roller Back side bleedthrough:

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Schmidt Roller Front after a while:

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Schmidt Roller Front when water dried:

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7) Uni Click Gel (Gel)

Uni Gel Water drops

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Uni Gel Back side bleedthrough:

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Uni Gel Front after a while & water dried:

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8) Cello Xpert (Liquid ink)

Cello Xpert Water drops

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Cello Xpert Back side bleedthrough:

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Cello Xpert Front after a while:

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Cello Xpert Front when water dried:

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9) Rotomac 4G (Liquid ink)

Rotomac 4G Water drops

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Rotomac 4G Back side bleedthrough:

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Rotomac 4G Front after a while:

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Rotomac 4G Front when water dried:

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