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.

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.


  • Re-ink your copy stamp using only the same color ink as the original stamp ink.


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