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Sticky:  This normally is a result of chemical imbalance in the ink pad. Heavy pigment will cause the impression to be sticky or adhere to the stamp when making an impression.  Remove the ink pad and add a small amount of water, suggest mist if spray bottle of tap water available or eye drop 5 drops of water in different locations on the pad and wait 24 hours for best results. Immediate results are not likely as uniform absorbsion slow. With water, clean the die plates or dates of the sticky ink by placing a small bit of water on your finger and rubbing over the die plates is usually sufficient to water the adhering ink down. If globby, you may want to use a soft brush with water to get into the crevices. Repeat if problem persists.......easier and cleaner to add than remove so don't over do the watering process. Remember, your office or home is usually drier than the Sahara Desert and will eventually reduce the water balance in the ink pad.
Un-Uniform impression:   
If Polymer die plates:
Photo Mechanical process with glass almost assures one that the die plate has an uniform design plane unless a bubble occurred in the design during process.  Suspect the problem to be in the machine mechanism.  Many plastic machines are locked in close position, usually on one side only, forcing an uneven impression to the ink pad.  This levels out with time and being stored in open position.  I always try to apply pressure away from the locked side when new.  Should be printable with just a kiss to the document. If bubble or missing part of letter, return to manufacturer for correction. Commercial or metal machines to do not have this offset problem but may have a pad that is not set correctly or is at an angle and should be snapped into place or bottomed out. Daters may have date height problem with die plates.  See Machine FAQ
If Rubber die plates:
, suspect the lettering to have different planes of contact.  Hand set type will have wear from many uses and heat subjected in their process giving difficulty to both pad and impression contact and may need that smashing effect that is associated with Rubber Stamps to both the pad and the document.  If lettering set with linotype or foundry type, locking in the chase presents a problem with the plane of the stamp from letter to letter or line to line in creating the mold for the vulcanizing process. This is a manufacturing error associated with rubber dies.  You can check this by inking with a flat ink pad and then stamping to see if the impression will transfer with just a kiss or does it need to be smashed to print all the letters.
Blurry Impression:  Rubber Stamps are usually treated with abuse with little maintenance if at all.  Over time they will pick up and embed paper follicles, dust and dirt with in the design. This crap that is now embedded will transfer their new impression to the document.  Most feel the rubber stamp is worn out and need to be replaced .  By putting a little water on you finger and rubbing lightly over the die plate will loosen the debris on the die plate and can be removed with a little running water from the tap. You can use a small soft brush as well being careful not to put too much abrasion on the die plate but enough to remove the debris.  This process will let you know whether the stamp is worn out or just needs to be cleaned.  Again, we are talking about water soluble ink and not permanent ink.
Other Inks: Even though many water soluble inks are compatible, there are a few that are not. Their chemical reaction to one another can cause globbing or un-uniform ink deposits on the pad and the die plates to give unsatisfactory results.  Suggest re-inking with same ink recommended by manufacturer. See discussion on Sticky Ink.
Over Inked Pad: Solution: replace with new pad ( about $5 ) or use lint free blotting material and blot the pad until inking is satisfactory.  Messy and trial and error technique is second choice.  Blot the die plate as well if used with over inked pad.
Permanent Inks: .Presents a whole set of new problems. Oil and alcohol based inks will dry on your die plates or bands and should be cleaned after each use with recommended solvent before the ink drys hard .  The ink pads probably will need to be discarded and new ones installed with each use unless ink manufacturer have solvents that will restore their use usually depending on time between used whether in the machine or flat pad.

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