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What Solvent To Use For Cleaning Printer Heads?


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#1 Bone Idol

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Posted 25 September 2008 - 01:46 AM

Hello Beepers.

My Epson C45 printer doesn't print cleanly anymore.

The ink tests come out streaked instead of fully filled out.

I think it's clogged heads. I have not been able to find out from the Epson site - or any printing site, what is the name of the solution that is generally used to dissolve clogged heads. They strongly advise not to use alcohol or Windex.

Any ideas?

Up until now, my printer's self-cleaning utility didn't do too bad a job. And when this didn't work, I would have success after fooling the machine into doing a charge-up as though I had put in new cartridges.

The only thing that works now, is if I leave the printer alone overnight, and then make a printout. It'll be perfect, but only this once. It's like the ink is too thick in the cartridges, and needs time to gravitate down to the nozzle-outlets.

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Posted 25 September 2008 - 06:49 AM

Hi Bone Idol.
I have always used a dish soap\hot tap water mix. If they are extremely clogged you'll want to refresh the solution every hour or two, constantly keeping the water warm\hot. (not boiling).:thumbsup:

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Posted 25 September 2008 - 06:55 AM

Thanks, HitSquad. I'll try that out.

I have no idea how to get to the ink-heads from underneath, and looks like I'll have to try to remove the printer carriage first.

Cheers.

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Posted 26 September 2008 - 07:01 AM

Update:

I've cleaned the heads successfully. For the first time in months the inks are running properly now. I removed the plastic tube from a Windex bottle and pushed it onto the end of a syringe - and then drew up some Windex into it. Then pushed the end of the plastic tube over the print-head nozzles and gave them a squirt.

Worked like a charm!

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Posted 26 September 2008 - 07:47 AM

Definetley not the recommended method. :thumbsup:
Anything you shoot through the printheads while attached to the printer, ultimatley ends up messing with the purge pump and waste ink pads when the built-in cleaning function is run. That is why you should always remove the printheads for cleaning. If you are lucky you will not suffer any permanent damage or "windexed down" runny ink inside the printer itself. :huh:

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Posted 26 September 2008 - 04:24 PM

I agree, HitSquad, but unfortunately Epson printers do not have removable print heads that you can take out for cleaning.

Other printers have either removable ones, or the print heads are integral with the ink cartridges.

As I was syringing these heads, I had absorbent paper underneath, soaking up the 'effluent'.

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