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Goulet Mylar Paper Set
Product Code GPC-MylarPaper
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This pair of 4.25"x5.5" sheets includes one 1-micron and one 0.3 micron sheet of Mylar paper, which is a super-fine abrasive used to make your nibs write glassy-smooth.
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Goulet Mylar Paper Set

WARNING: Using an abrasive like Mylar paper to smooth your nib voids just about every pen manufacturer's warranty, so make sure you're only working on pens that are out of warranty, or that you're confident you will never need to have serviced by the manufacturer or returned to the retailer. It's best to practice on inexpensive pens that you don't mind screwing up if things go bad.

This pair of 4.25"x5.5" sheets includes one 1-micron and one 0.3 micron sheet of Mylar paper, which is a super-fine abrasive used to make your nibs write glassy-smooth.

It's always best to first check your nib for proper alignment before trying any nib smoothing remedies. Often a scratchy nib is simply a matter of one tine bent lower than another, and you can see this symptom with the aid of a loupe or other magnifying glass. If the tines are aligned and the nib still writes scratchy, then Micro-Mesh is often a good measure for more severe scratchiness. If your nib is writing satisfactory but you just want it to write a bit smoother, then you will likely benefit from the use of Mylar paper.

Using Mylar paper to smooth your nib is a bit of an art form, and may take some practice for you to be able to do reliably. It is not as aggressive a material as Micro-Mesh, so you will need to be patient when working with the Mylar. It's always best to take a conservative approach when working with any abrasive on your nib. Use a light touch and be very patient.

Only one side of the Mylar paper is abrasive. You'll notice that the paper itself doesn't feel very abrasive to the touch, that's because 1-micron and 0.3-micron particles are pretty dang small. It's often hard to tell which side actually has the abrasive on it. You can tell most easily by reflecting a light off the Mylar, the shiny side is the non-abrasive plastic backing, and the duller side is the abrasive side that you will use to smooth your nib. But the shiny side down on your desk, and the dull side up.

Hold your inked-up pen as you normally would, and lightly make figure-8 patterns about 10-15mm tall on a paper of your choice. It's best to use a smooth paper for this, but that's up to you. If your nib feels consistent (not scratchy at any particular point) but simply has more feedback than you would like, then it's time to break out the 1-micron Mylar paper. (If it does actually feel scratchy, you may want to consider Micro-Mesh as a precursor to Mylar, as it's more aggressive at fixing scratchy nibs). Have your sheet of Mylar next to your paper, on a flat and stable surface. Make the same figure-8 pattern on your Mylar as you did on your paper, applying very light pressure and going fairly slow. You will want to keep even pressure throughout the figure-8. It's best to only do a few figure-8's at a time on the Mylar before checking back on your paper. If you want it to feel smoother, then keep repeating this process until it feels as smooth as you like, then stop. If you find after several cycles of this with the 1-micron Mylar that it's just not quite as smooth as you'd like, then you can repeat the same process with the 0.3-micron Mylar.

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Goulet Mylar Paper Set is rated 4.561 out of 5 by 41.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must-have item A lot of nibs are often just shy of where they could be with a little bit of very light polishing. These mylar sheets are just perfect for that. I was very frustrated with my Mont Blanc. It looked perfect, but when I wrote with it, the nib just didn't perform. A couple of minutes with the mylar sheets and a clean with the brass sheet and it's like butter. I was about ready to send this one off to a nibmeister, but now I can just enjoy it. Watch the video and give this a try. Your nibs will be a real treat with just a little effort.
Date published: 2014-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not for every situation! As long as you know when to use it, and how much, you'll get an even better experience with all your pens. I loved it for the bit of scratch that came with my ahab, now it's smooth. The videos that Brian put together about tuning and the multitude of tutorials from Stephen Brown on youtube, help a lot!
Date published: 2014-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hmmm..... I've been asked to write a review. How do you review pieces of mylar? Well, they're sort of flat, have a label identifiying their degree of (grit?) (unsmoothity?); anyway, it'll tell you which piece to use first. It has a shiny side so you can check for ink marks on your face, and a dull side for rubbing nibs thereupon. It does not come with water, so if your pen isn't loaded up with ink, you'll have to get some from the sink to use with the mylar. I find this totally unsatisfactory! If I go to get water, I end up getting beer, and then the whole enterprise goes to heck. But I like the disc mailer--it makes a great thing in which to store the mylar. And it has a label so you don't confuse it with your old MS/DOS floppies.
Date published: 2015-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works great I had a couple of favorite pens that would collect paper dust and fibers on cheap paper. After watching Brian's vid on tuning the nib I thought I would try it. One very quick use of the mylar and the pens glide very smoothly across the paper without the scratch or collection of fibers from cheap paper.
Date published: 2014-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So easy, even I managef it I had a couple nibs that wouldn't write the first up or cross stroke until I used the mylar to smooth them out. Amazing.! Cleaning before first fill and a minor tuning with mylar for little skips would probably change a lot of the this-pen-is-lousy reviews. (Typed, obviously, by a true mylar convert.)
Date published: 2014-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice Accessory I often shape italic nibs from regular ball-style fountain pen nibs, and this mylar is wonderful for smoothing out the scratches left by the 2000 grit emery cloth used to shape them. Will make a nib smooth as glass if that is what you like, or you can stop short and leave a little feedback. Great product!
Date published: 2014-10-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nothing to compare it to, but... Fairly pleased with this offering. I have never used mylar paper before, but this does what it says it would: you write on it with your pen, and it removes some material; if you do it right, that leaves a VERY smooth nib. One star off for the size. For someone with experience, I'm sure this is a more than adequate size sheet. I'm just learning, and I made lots of mistakes, which produced some sharp edges, which nicked the mylar paper, etc. Could have used larger sheets.
Date published: 2014-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Solution First time using mylar for nibs - easy to smooth out some nibs on pens I had shelved because they didn't write smoothly. The video Brian has posted shows exactly what to do and made my first attempt at smoothing a scratchy XF nib a success. Should have bought the mylar set a year ago.
Date published: 2014-10-20
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