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suitable cleaning fluid

Discussion in 'Everything Else InkJet Printer Related' started by plimsol, Oct 24, 2006.

  1. Oct 31, 2006
    fotofreek

    fotofreek Printer Master Moderator

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    Alien - right. I thought I was clear that you might first use just hot water to try to clear the clog and move on to the stronger stuff incrementally. Guess I wasn't clear enough on this point.
     
  2. Oct 31, 2006
    plimsol

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    many thanks a.steve, have tried 50/50 ammonia and distilled water mix as reccommended by another forum member but sounds a bit strong, I think I will try your recipe next.
    many thanks,
    hugo
     
  3. Nov 16, 2006
    Lilla

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    At CompuBiz (http://www.inkjetsaver.com/tools.html) they sell...
    Print Head Cleaning Solution in two (poorly identified) flavors:
    * $9 8 oz Bottle OCP
    * $8 8 oz Bottle for Color Cartridges Color

    I am trying to understand the products above as I want to order some print head cleaner from CompuBiz (or MIS).
    What I have learned so far is listed below, with my questions at the end.

    Below is an excerpt from the email I received from CompuBiz...
    OCP Print Head Cleaning Products are listed here and are as shown below...
    Guidelines for using "OCP Rinse Solution" and "OCP Nozzle Rocket" and more is available here
    MSDS sheets for the above OCP products are available here


    QUESTIONS:
    Which CompuBiz product did Grandad buy?
    Is CompuBiz product "Bottle for Color Cartridges Color" actually "OCP Rinse Solution"? or ?
    Is CompuBiz product "Bottle OCP" actually "OCP Nozzle Rocket"? or ?
    (this is what I'm thinking, but it doesn't seem to fit with what is stated in the e-mail from CompuBiz?)

    Thank you,
    Lilla
     
  4. Nov 16, 2006
    fotofreek

    fotofreek Printer Master Moderator

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    Lilla - no need to use any solvents to clean the inside or outside of Canon dye-based carts. Grandad's purge technique with the purge device attached to the hot water faucet of your sink works just fine. (best to do this in a utility sink as you can get a bit of splashing of ink tinged water.) The outside of the cart just needs a quick wipe with a tissue or paper towel, unless you are looking for the Good Housekeeping Award for most spotless bci-6 carts in the forum. Water, or a dilute solution of windex and alcohol works just fine for most printhead problems. I don't know about the bci-3ebk carts with pigment based inks, however. I understand that these clogs are much more difficult to clear. I would consider purchasing a solvent for the pigment ink clogs if the "home brew" doesn't work.
     
  5. Nov 16, 2006
    Grandad35

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    I don't remember seeing a "Regular" or "Color" option when I bought mine. Since I have a 16 Oz. bottle, I have to assume that it is the "Regular".

    This link (http://www.ocp.de/ibase/download.ph...ormation/SI10+Guideline+for+Nozzle+Rocket.pdf) states that their "Rocket Nozzle" has ammonia added to their "Rinse Solution"
     
  6. Nov 16, 2006
    ghwellsjr

    ghwellsjr Printer Master Platinum Printer Member

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    This link shows a color cleaning solution:

    http://inkjetsaver.com/tools.html

    I called them when I had this question and they said the first set of cleaning solutions that don't specify color or black are for both color and black pigment inks. The cheaper solutions that say color are not as strong and aren't as effective on pigment black but there is no problem using any of the solutions on any inks.
     
  7. Nov 16, 2006
    Lilla

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    Grandad35 & ghwellsjr, thanks for your feedback.

    fotofreek, here's some additional information not included in my initial post...

    The reasons I want to buy a commercial print head cleaning solvent is...
    * my sister's i950 print head does not print cyan, it has not responded to any of the "home brew" cleaning solutions or techniques I have tried. The details are posted here: i950 wont print cyan; yet it works using purging syringe. What to do?
    * my i960's print head has about 50% clogged nozzles on photo cyan; it has not responded to any of normal cleaning methods.
    * my niece has a IP3000. She unplugged it and stored it without any preparation. I'm anticipating the print head (and cartridges) will need a thorough cleaning when she gets ready to use it again. It uses the pigmented black.

    To all, I received a second response from CompuBiz, here it is...
     
  8. Nov 19, 2006
    Lilla

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    CompuBiz sells the two Print Head Cleaning Solvents discussed in the posts immediately before this one; they also sell Print Head Cleaning Kits that are specific to your printer model. Here's a copy of my e-mail exchange regarding their kit for Canon i960/i950/... printers.

    QUESTION:
    ANSWER:
     
  9. Dec 5, 2006
    Lilla

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    Interesting e-mail response from www.alotofthings.com; they sell four different printer cleaning solutions which might be www.formulabs.com Sensient Revive Cartridge Tonics (there are four of them).

    From: support@alotofthings.com
    Sent: Tuesday, November 28, 2006
    To: 'Lilla'
    Subject: RE: Which of your Cleaning Solutions would be best for this task...

    ANSWER:
    QUESTION:
    The descriptions of the four Printer Cleaning Solutions sold by www.alotofthings.com seems to match closely with the descriptions of Sensient Revive Cartridge Tonics (there are four of them) made by www.formulabs.com. Are they the same? I'm not sure. There are a couple of discrepancies, possibly mistakes in www.alotofthings.com product descriptions?

    Sensient Revive Cartridge Tonics (there are four of them) made by www.formulabs.com
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    An overview and a information sheet for each tonic can be downloaded from www.formulabs.com "Product Information" page.

    MSDS sheets for some formulabs products can be downloaded, but the list did not include the tonics. So I emailed the Webmaster shown on the www.formulabs.com "Contact us" page and requested MSDS sheets for Sensient Tonics #1,#2,#3,#4 and they emailed them to me.
     
  10. Mar 16, 2007
    Wam7

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    Is there any update on locating this stuff in the U.K. Having a bit of difficulty myself finding the individual ingredients to unclog (I suspect) my i865 printhead which persists on printing green instead of black even ater a hot water cleaning. (The green is much brighter now though!)
     

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