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Extra help: How to unclog a dry Epson print head.
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Hopefully below you will find all you will need plus some EXTRA HELP just in case you missed something. Including Extra help for an extremely dry Epson print head or where you may have Trapped AIR inside your print head. You will also find the link to the Magic Inkjet Flush Manual and Chip reset program link for Epson at end of this email.
How to unclog Epson print heads.
A FEW TIPS
- Repeatedly using the Epson print head cleaning fill will empty your inks fast! And may even damage your printhead.
- To protect your print head you should never attempt to print, when you are out of ink as the
next drop of ink acts as a cooler and if there isn't any ink left then the print heads may burn out!
- Best to unclog your Epson printer on a table or near to a sink.
- Place your hand into a sandwich bag to keep hands ink free!
- NEVER put tap water through a print head ! Impurities in tap water will damage the print head permanently. Distilled water is OK. (Buy at most Drug Stores / Car repair shop.)
- There is no need to remove an Epson print head and We do not recommend removing them unless you have previous experience.
- When unclogging your printer with Magic Inkjet Flush... Never allow Magic Applicator to become EMPTY - otherwise AIR may be injected into print head then blanks will appear on your prints.
- Please read all through these instructions before starting.
- For REALLY CLOGGED JETS? You may USE a little CONCENTRATED MAGIC (undiluted) = Which is Darker Green.
Preparing Magic Inkjet Flush
Although this PDF is not complete and for Canon printers as it has a lot of photos you may find useful.
1. Remove cap from Magic Inkjet Flush bottle.2. Pull out dropper from bottle http://tinyurl.com/er5u3 or cut off tip
http://tinyurl.com/evobv then...3. Place Bottle of Ready to use Magic Inkjet Flush into a microwave until warm but NOT HOT usually for about 20 seconds.4. To fill Magic Applicator (Pat. Pend.) = Pour WARMED Magic into an egg cup or similar container
Although you may remove and re-insert many ink cartridges without affecting their usefulness. Other models retain the ink level information and store it on the ink cartridge chips. So if you intend to make cleaning cartridges, it is best to remove all cartridges in a safe manner by unplugging the printer before removing inks! Because if you leave your printer turned on whist removing some Epson cartridges it may write an “empty cartridge” message on the cartridge chip which will render the cartridge useless. So to enable your cartridges to be reused, simply trick the printer by giving it something to print. Once the print head begins to move, unplug the power cable going to the printer, then you can safely remove the ink cartridges. Also remember you can transplant useable chips by gently lifting them off their pins with a pen knife then transplant.
Epson Cap Assembly is yours clogged or not working properly?
When parked the Epson print head sits onto the cap assembly, which has a rubber seal. The print head parks onto this to makes an air tight seal to prevent the ink from drying inside the tiny ink jet nozzles. But if left unused for long periods, ink thickens and eventually dries up. Then it's like trying to pass a camel through the eye of a needle so nothing prints.
Tip: never leave inks out of the printer when not in use.Each time your printer is turned on... You will hear ink being primed (sucked) through the print head, by the cap assembly which cleans and primes.
(Tip: During short breaks... leave the printer... switched on and it will save you ink.) The primed ink (waste) then travels along the ink purge tubes to the ink absorber pads which are in the base of the printer. So if your printer has been unused for a long time... It is important to make sure that the cap assembly is not clogged with dry ink, otherwise the ink priming function will not be able to work properly. Visually check it and if the cap assembly appears to be clogged, simply drip a few drops of warmed Magic onto the rectangular cap assembly. But if TOTALLY CLOGGED place a small Magic Pillow onto it and soak in WARMED Magic Inkjet Flush for until cleared.
However, sometimes if totally clogged the purge tubes may have even come off just below the cap assembly, so if ink does not appear to be getting through check the tubes just below the cap assembly to make sure.
Ink Absorber Pads... "Parts inside your printer are near the end of their service life."Epson printers now have a built in protection counter, which regulates the amount of ink entering the absorber pads. These may need to be cleaned or replaced but often it is not necessary. So should you get an error stating... "Parts inside your printer are near the end of their service life." This is a maintenance request. Which means that the protection counter or waste ink counter as it is known has reached its limit. This error can easily cost you up to $100 if you have to send it to Epson for service !
But you can use this nifty little Program which also has a facility to reset the waste counter and you can easily do it yourself.
This is not our program and has not been updated for a few years.
But you can use the ink freezer facility, and also individually clean a problem colour without having to prime them all, so that can save ink!
But if you do need to reset ink counter for a printer which is not supported... try searching on EBay.
Here is the Free Chip Resetting Program, waste counter reset
1. Click Here to download http://tinyurl.com/6cow8
2. Once downloaded
3. Install the Program
4. Then click on the SSC Service Utility icon
5. A window will be displayed with three options:
6. Choose Configuration
7. Then select your printer from drop down list showing available Epson printers.
8. Now close the window.
9. A new icon will appear on your task bar (bottom right of your monitor to left of clock.)
10. RIGHT Click on icon (a mini printer)
11. A new 9 line drop down will appear.
12. Make sure your printer is connected then
13. Choose 4th option
14. A new 3 option drop down will appear choose 2nd option = Reset protection counter.
15. You will now be asked HAVE You Replaced Waste Ink Pad ?
16. Choose YES
17. A new Information box will appear stating "Waste counter reset"
Remember you may need to replace the absorbing pads later once they are full!
Please Note: If you requested a Magic cleaning kit with "Epson" in the title we will have sent you 3x of our WIDE Blue Magic Pillows and a sample of our narrower size usually used for older Epson printers. If yours is an older Epson printer the track underneath where the print head travels may be narrower... So the 3x wider Blue Magic Pillows may be too wide to fit yours... So simply cut along the dotted line with scissors and make it narrower.
Although you can see photos of the older method in the Magic Manual most customers now just use the Blue Magic Pillows which have been very successful since we introduced them in 1996.
So the Blue Magic Pillows are the easiest and quickest way to unclog almost all Epson and similar printers.
If you have an Epson Artisan please read below if not click here
Some of the new Epson Artisan printers are very similar to "Brother" printers which have long ink tubes leading to a satellite print head. Although this is often better as it prevents the ink from drying so quickly. The print head may still clog just the same. As the print head may be towards the centre of the printer, you need to lift the lid FULLY or remove it to enable use of the Blue Magic Pillows. To tell if you have the satellite print head check to see if your inks move? If not yours is the satellite type print head. If so just follow our standard Epson instructions (as below) but exclude inserting Magic Inkjet Flush into the ink inlet stumps for now! Instead just use the Blue Magic Pillows. Basically, you just stick a Blue Magic Pillow onto the centre track as normal and then soak it well (approx an 1/2 full Magic Applicator) with WARM Magic Inkjet Flush and then leave to soak for at least 1 hour or overnight.
If that does not work next use the Dr.EpSUN Refill Tool and make a Dr.EpSUN Cleaning Cartridge then print tests until unclogged.
Just to give you an idea... You can view a few videos of the inner movement of the Artisan print head here...
But DO NOT REMOVE PRINTHEAD or anything as it is not needed!
YOU DO NOT NEED TO DO THIS! But it shows you the printhead.
If yours is a narrow track (where the print head travels) The 3x wide Blue Magic Pillows will be too wide to fit yours... So cut along the dotted lines with scissors and make it narrower. (You will find 1 narrow Blue Magic Pillow in each kit.)
How TO UNCLOG AN EPSON PRINT HEAD... using our copyright: "Blue Magic Pillows" method
Using our UNIQUE "Blue Magic Pillows" you can now UNCLOG most EPSON PRINTERS the FAST WAY!
Here is how:
- 1. Switch ON your Epson printer.
- 2. When carriage moves simply PULL the power cable from the back of the printer. (To allow free movement of carriage)
- 3. Now remove inks and slide the carriage to the left.NOTE: If the printer has been left unused for a long time? Remember to start by dripping a few drops of WARM MAGIC INKJET FLUSH onto the Epson Cap Assembly (Where inks park) or place a small magic pillow onto it and soak it in Magic. Because as mentioned if totally dry it will be almost impossible for the ink purge tubes to function properly.
- 4. Take a Blue Magic Pillow and peel off white backing to reveal the adhesive and find a clean raised part of the track then stick the Blue Magic Pillow onto the track. (sticky side down) Usually best in the ink cartridge change position so that you have space to use the Magic Applicator, as the lid tends to be more open and accessible at this point or slightly to the left. For older models you may need to gently remove the lift up handles which hold the inks in place, these just unclip at the sides.
- 6. Now SOAK the Blue Magic Pillow with half a MAGIC APPLICATOR full of WARMED Magic and immediately...
- 7. Slide the carriage over onto the WET Pillow, so that the print head now sits onto it. *Although you cannot see it, the print head is underneath where the inks go.
- 8. Now refill the Magic Applicator with WARMED MAGIC Inkjet Flush (hold upright and eject any trapped air)
- Then gently sit the rubber tip onto the tip of each clogged ink inlet post and inject (about a 1/4 of a Magic Applicator Full into EACH ink inlet POST. (If you have a magnifying glass you can see the tiny holes around the ink inlet tips which the inks sit onto.) The Magic Applicator will cover these tiny holes and allow warm Magic to travel down into the print head and exit onto the BLUE Magic Pillow below thus unclogging any dried ink trapped inside. Always refill Magic Applicator BEFORE EMPTY to prevent air entering print head ! The Warm Magic will attack the ink clog from both ends and usually it is all you will need to do ! DON'T BE TEMPTED TO SLIDE THE CARRIAGE after injecting Magic otherwise the pillow may become damaged.
- 9. Now leave the print head to soak for at least 4hrs or overnight is best. This will enable Magic to penetrate from both ends to unclog the tiny ceramic canals inside print head. Also don't forget to place a Magic Pillow onto the cap assembly (see below) and give it a squirt of warmed magic (About half a Magic Applicator full) The cap assembly has a rubber seal around it and can be found on the right hand side... where the print head is usually parked. This will help to make sure that the ink priming facility is not clogged up and working properly.
- 8. Next day remove both Magic Pillows.
- 9. Insert inks + Cable WITHOUT REMOVING the MAGIC liquid and run a nozzle test.
- 10. Print Test Sheets FOR USE WITH MAGIC INKJET FLUSH
If you do not have our longer Blue Magic Pillows you can make your own...
Simply fold a paper towel or tissue small enough to slide under print head... about 1cm wide is ideal
Scotch tape at the end of tissue will make it easier to slide under print head.
Trick printer again by telling it to print something.... When head is moving...Pull power cord then manually slide carriage to remove inks...Half fill Magic Applicator with WARMED MAGIC INKJET FLUSH.(You may wish to put a folded paper towel under print head to absorb any Magic which exits the print head.) to save using a BLUE PILLOW
Then using Magic applicator try a gentle pumping action injecting more warmed Magic into ink inlet posts, then gently sucking it back. Once ink starts to be sucked back you are breaking down the clog.If the liquid stays clear and cannot pass then it is likely to be still clogged!
REMEMBERDo not inject air = Always refill Magic Applicator BEFORE it is EMPTY!!!
So try to insert some Magic into the ink inlet post and leave for half an hour to soak. Then replace inks and try printing rectangles of problem colours.Repeat procedure half hourly until unclogged.
Usually they just need a little TLC tender loving care so take your time. If it has been clogged for many months even years? Gently try unclogging it over a few days and if not an electrical fault it should unclog eventually.
I have almost given up on several in the past, but when I was about to scrap them weeks later they were perfect... So don't give up easily!
A few other possibilities...
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REMOVING (possible) TRAPPED AIR FROM EPSON PRINT HEAD.
PROBLEM: " I have used the Magic kit but now nothing seems to print! What have I done wrong?"
Whilst injecting Magic Inkjet Flush into the print head NEVER EMPTY the MAGIC APPLICATOR otherwise air may become trapped inside the print head.
So always REFILL Magic Applicator BEFORE IT IS EMPTY !
Sometimes, after the ink clog has been dissolved by injecting warmed Magic, customers sometimes accidentally inject air into the print head which causes blanks will appear instead of ink so this air will need to be ejected.
Here is how to flush and remove the trapped air from an Epson print head...
But just to make sure it is nothing else first...
Make sure the electrical contacts inside the printer and chips on inks are clean and dry... Wipe them with alcohol and cotton wool.
Also check that no ink tubes have come off under the print head, which can happen if the cap assembly (Where inks park) is clogged so then the priming station cannot work and can force the ink purging tube off instead.Also make sure that where the inks rest (Cap Assembly... on far right) that you have put Magic on the suction pad, because ink is primed each time printer starts and this cannot happen if totally dry. So make sure the cap assembly is not clogged by dripping Magic onto it.
Also make sure that you DO STILL HAVE INK STILL IN YOUR CARTRIDGES. Each time you run print head cleaning it uses a lot of ink!
Get to know the empty weights (we may know them) 1g = 1ml of ink over empty weight.... If you believe you still have ink try removing a little with Dr.EpSUN Refill Tool you can always reuse it again later.
Try resetting chips... Did you know some inks may have up to 40% of original ink still inside even when they say empty!
Also when the Magic wicks up into the print head although it will dissolve any ink clog. As mentioned if a tiny bubble of air gets into the print head, it may give the impression of an ink clog. However, if ink can pass through the print head it should confirm that you do not have a clog... (See below)
So this may be your problem?
Here's the normal solution...
First remove the problem ink's.
Place tip of Magic Applicator or Ink Priming Pump (if your kit has one) underneath the ink cartridge outlet (on an older type ink) and try to suck out a little ink.
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Note: There is a trap door at the bottom of all newer slim line inks, so you will need to use the Dr.EpSUN Refill Tool which will open this while filling or emptying inks.
If you cannot get ink out of the ink cartridge... It is probably empty so you will have to use a little "Magic" to Flush the print head instead.Either way part fill Magic Applicator with ink or a little warmed Magic then holding Magic Applicator upwards eject any air into a tissue until ink/Magic appears.
Now as before... Trick printer by telling it to print something.
Whilst print head is moving, pull power cord and slide a tissue/paper towel under the print head (Taping end of tissue will make it slimmer and it's easier to slide under the print head.)
Then place rubber tip of Magic Applicator onto problem ink inlet post. (There are about 10 tiny inlets at the tip of each ink inlet post.)
Then inject the ink/magic (Without emptying the Magic Applicator! as it will cause more air to enter and nothing will print!)
Once you have injected ink/MAGIC through the ink inlet post all of the air should now have been flushed out so slide carriage to the side and ink should now be seen on the tissue below print head. But if ink cannot pass through? Then it is still clogged and you will need to follow Magic instructions again. If the liquid does pass through onto tissue below then it is NOT clogged.
Do the same with each missing colour each until all colours appear on tissue under carriage.
Now insert inks and run this print head cleaning test print... using any magic still left inside will help to flush until ink appears.
As found in the manual here are the print test sheets for printing rectangles depending on colours with problem.
Just choose... Yellow, Magenta, Grey Tones etc...
PRINT TEST SHEETS FOR USE WITH MAGIC INKJET FLUSH
Once prints appear to be normal... simply replace the Magic with ink cartridges and continue printing rectangles until flushed.
If prints still have some white lines... Clean again with Magic Inkjet Flush.
If problem remains it is more likely to be an electrical problem...
But try this first...
Switch off printer and computer then remove all cables to printer for 1 minute... (Most printers will switch back to factory settings whilst disconnected.) Then reconnect cables.
If problem remains it is more likely to be an electrical problem...
But try this first...
Try removing printer driver...Here's how...Remove printer cable from computer... then
STARTSelect... CONTROL PANELChoose... PRINTERSSelect your printer... then
Hit DEL key to delete
Switch off printer and computer then remove all cables for 1 minute... (This switches most printers back to factory settings whilst disconnected.)Now reconnect cables... and restart computer...
This will allow your computer to find your printer and install the driver. (Use CD if you have one.)Or go to Epson to download latest printer driver.
Then PRINT TEST again.
If problem remains?You may be out of ink? It is amazing how much ink you can use just cleaning the print head !If you think you are out of ink...
Try using Dr.EpSUN Refill Tool and inject a little Magic into cartridge(s) or buy a replacement (s) (see instructions C80 in Magic Manual.If you have a chipped cartridge try resetting the chip you may have up to 40% of unused ink!
If you do not get a result it is more likely to be an electrical problem...
But try this first...If still really clogged... Try using concentrated Magic = undiluted.
If prints are still not normal?
Finally! If all fails you almost for sure have an electrical fault?But if you still feel there is still an ink clog? As a last resort try this...
TRY "STEAM CLEANING"
Briefly here is a little trick I used on all types of inkjets for many years...
If you know someone with a STEAM CLEANING MACHINE?
Ask to borrow it give it a try...
It will fix or prove its time for a new printer!
First cut a short piece of fish tank tubing and attach to the steamer tip.
To make more flexible to fit easier blast it until hot.Then push a pencil into it to make it funnel shaped.Then warm again and push funnel shaped end onto tip of hand steamer nozzle.Once secure place tip onto ink inlet post and give several short blasts of steam which will go directly through the print head. I have been successful many times using this method.But once done...Immediately insert several drops of Magic through ink inlets to cool them down and which also stops print head from drying out.
Then put in inks and test.If you had a clog the clogged ink will now be on the paper towel under print head. If not it is definitely an electrical fault.Now insert inks and print this.
PRINT TEST SHEETS
if you are out of ink inject a little Magic Inkjet Flush into an empty ink to test.
http://magicinkjetflush.com/Magic_Inkjet_Flush_Manual_Files_1886/Print_Test_Color.jpgAs found in the manual here are the print test sheets for printing rectangles depending on colour(s) with problem.
Just choose... Yellow, Magenta, Grey Tones etc...
PRINT TEST SHEETS (FOR USE WITH MAGIC INKJET FLUSH)
As found in the Magic Inkjet Flush Manual here are the print test sheets.
We have found that the easiest way to flush a print head is to print solid rectangles = blocks of the problem colour until flushed.
Depending on colour(s) with problems just choose... Yellow, Magenta, Grey Tones etc… and print rectangles of problem colours until flushed.
The prints may appear pale and washy at first when printing with Magic.
Colours should reappear once the Magic is replaced by your own ink.
If the first print is not perfect and still some white lines...
Allow 15 minutes between prints to allow Magic to soak and remove any residue ink.
Hope it helps to fix your print head.
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Q: I have 2 Epson 7600s that need to be cleaned, and I want to flush one out for storage, do you have a kit for this. What do you recommend? Is it safe to leave this solution inside print head for storage? Mark Jun-12-10 A: Hi Mark, 1 kit is all you will need. I have been professionally refilling / cleaning printers for more than 15 yrs now. From experience never leave any print head cleaner in the print head if storing. So 2 options: Clean with our Magic Inkjet Flush kit, then flush with distilled water. Alternatively my preferred option... If you are using the Photographic Dye™ Inks? Do nothing... just leave inks in place making sure you switch off printer correctly so print head is parked. If left for up to 2 years with Epson inks in place, (5 years is my record to date) Magic will work a treat then!
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