- Feb 4, 2014
- Reaction score
- Printer Model
- PRO-10, Pro9500II, MAXIFY 5350
José (@jtoolman) gives good advice here.
For testing inks I adopted this procedure to prime a cartridge:
Before changing to another ink I flush the cartridge (warm water and Fairy, then 10-20 times tap water, finishing with demineralised water).
The last flush is with "pharmacist solution" to restore the surface tension of the sponge (something José did not adapt, that's why the first refill takes a lot of time).
Then 2 flushes with 1-2 ml ink. Suck empty until 16,40 g.
I fill by dripping ink until 32,50 g and squeeze the cartridge (bottom up) until all foam has disappeared and only ink comes up (as José told, but see Martin's aka @websnail video from long ago ).
Once a cart has been prepared like this you can refill it by dripping in 30 seconds.
After placing the cartridge with the new ink I print a few of @The Hat's cartridge stress patterns, followed by full pages of the colour. I've seen temporary banding in some cases when the mixed ink passes. Wouldn't like this to stay in the printhead.
Sorry to say but the message you can switch inks without flushing is for commercial reasons.
It works most of the time but not always.
We could have avoided the subject of this thread.