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#1 dr1310

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Posted 01 May 2012 - 08:00 AM

I've found lots of great info on the internet that is helpful in my shop. Unfortunately,the humidity here in coastal NC causes the ink to smear and/or run on printouts of useful articles. Are there non-waterbased inks for Epson printers? If so, can they alternated with regular ink in the same printer or will I need to dedicate a printer just to the special inks? Alternatively, is there a paper which will resist humidity and allow me to use standard ink for this situation? Any thoughts greatly appreciated.

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Posted 01 May 2012 - 08:38 AM

I would check with your local printer supply companies or ink refilling companies like Cartridge World. They would be able to give you the best advice.

If you wanted to avoid the humidity issue altogether, have you thought about getting a good laser printer? I use a color laser printer and it blows away any inkjet printer in terms of speed and quality.
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Posted 02 May 2012 - 11:25 AM

Ditto on the above. If you can live with the quality, a color laser is as waterprooof as it gets. If you just need to print text/B@W, there is no use holding out, get a laser printer now.

Inkjets, no matter if you go with pigment or dye based ink, it is never really waterproof. Paper makes the difference IMHO. That being said, I have had really good luck using "Epson Premium Glossy" photo paper with any number of inks(dye based). I currently use this paper with no-name dye based CIS ink, and they are water resistant (I can dip the print in a pan of water for a few seconds, remove it and dry it and it won't run). Slight color shift for whatever reaon, but no runs/smears. You have to let the paper set a couple of days to "cure" after printing for it to be water resistant.

Regular paper- there are some coated inkjet papers that are water resistant. You can find them at Office Depot/Office Max etc. They are usually at the upper end of the brightness scale, and more expensive than plain paper. With pigment based ink, they hold up...........for awhile. Long ago I used those papers to print resumes as I figured all sorts of coffeee/beverages would be spilled/spit on them as potential employers read through my resume/fantasy story.

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Posted 02 May 2012 - 08:24 PM

Thanks to you both. I hadn't thought about a laser but that's a good idea. Paper makes that much difference, huh? I 'll give the glossy photo a try while I look at lasers.

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Posted 02 May 2012 - 08:38 PM

Just another thought ...have you looked into a room dehumidifier or an Air conditioning unit to remove humidity?
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Posted 14 May 2012 - 12:57 AM

Are there non-waterbased inks for Epson printers?


Have you try Epson DURABrite Ultra Ink?

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