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Re: epson 2400 smudging

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  • Subject: Re: epson 2400 smudging
  • From: SusanV <susanvoss3@gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 07 May 2007 20:27:46 -0400
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I have an Epson 1280, and it started smearing ink a while back.  I
googled around and found the site fixyourownprinter.com, and there
found instructions for cleaning the bottom of the print head assembly.
It involved (after unplugging the printer!), releasing the printhead
so that it could travel back and forth freely, then placing cut stips
of coffee filters under the area where the head travelled.  The
filters had been wet with steaming hot distilled water.  When I moved
the head assembly back and forth across the filters, a huge amount of
gunk (link, and dried ink mostly), was cleaned off the bottom.  The
process involved replacing the filters and continuing until they
stayed clean as the head moved across.

The instructions I found were specific to the 1280, but perhaps you
can find a similar instruction online... it really worked well for me.

(And now I am fanatical about keeping the dust cover on the thing!)

Also... yes, do run the alignment with whatever substrate you are using.

Good luck,

On 5/7/07, Joseph Smigiel <jsmigiel@net-link.net> wrote:
Is it possible the thickness of the paper is causing the problem?  Is
there an adjustment lever on this printer that might be set
incorrectly for a different thickness of paper?  I'm not familiar
with the 2400 but IIRC some older Epsons had a sort of a normal/full-
tilt ink lever and I think some adjusted for thickness.

Are you using a backing sheet when printing?  I've had trouble with a
2200 without such a sheet.


On May 7, 2007, at 8:58 AM, Mary Pat McNally wrote:

> I am getting smudging when I print on fine art paper using my Epson
> 2400.  I have calibrated my moniter and am using the appropriate
> profile for the paper I am trying to print on. I am loading the
> paper in the front. I am using color inks. This happens no matter
> what kind of paper I use even with Epson paper.
> I realize that this isn't directly related to alternative processes
> but there is so much experience here that I thought that I would
> pose the question. I am very frustrated and epson isn't much help.
> Thank you, Mary Pat

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