I've seen people ask about restoring printer or typewriter ribbons, but my situation's a little different. I have a self-inking ribbon for a DECwriter Correspondent. It's easy to open up the casing, and inside there's an "infinite" ribbon (the ends are connected together). There's a large wheel that's supposed to be saturated with ink; it rolls against a small wheel which then rolls against the ribbon, transferring ink to it (at least that's the plan).
Everything, or course, is dried out.
I've tried saturating the large wheel with stamp pad ink but it doesn't seem to be transferring to the ribbon. It transfers to my fingers just fine.
Any ideas how to get this working?
Thank you, Bob