Sunday, 22 January 2012

How to Unclog an Epson R800 Pigment Printer

I was given an R800 printer 18 months ago and just got around to looking t it over the Christmas Holidays. For a start this is only going to be of use to you if you buy refillable cartridges and have an able supply of dye ink on hand.
Because if you try this with Epson inks its will cost you a couple of hundred Quid in Epson ink Cartridge's.
It would be Easier and Cheaper to buy new printer.

Okay so press the ink replace button and bring the printer head to the cartridge changing position. Take out the carts and put aside. then undo the plastic cover over the leads going into the Head. There three screws holding the head in undo these lift out the head gently pull out the leads. Now you have the printer head in your hand. BE CAREFUL DO NOT SCRATCH and start cleaning the underside with Windolene and Cotton buds.

Get some rubber fuel line from a model aeroplane shop and fill a syringe with the same cleaner attach the hose to each cartridge spur and Gently push cleaner into the heads. DO NOT USE FORCE, then leave the head over night. Next day SUCK out the fluid with the syringe and hose this is where you are trying to get the clog out. Again clean the lower head surface with Windolene, fill the spurs again leave over night. Then replace head and put in refillable cartridges and fill with dye ink. Dye ink is a good unclogger in its self, run a head cleaning and alignment. DO NOT run more then Two Cleaning Runs in succession. If it is printing well WELL DONE,  if not carry out the whole the procedure again.

R800 finally printing again with all its Guns Blazing, Here using cheap Glossy paper and a quick profile i knock up wil X-Rite  EZ-Color

For me this took a a hour a here and there over the Christmas Holidays and finally I have a working printer again. I will be running Dye inks for the time being until I am happy that the printer is totally clear and then will USE PIGMENTS IN THERE OWN CARTRIDGES, they are so cheap there is no reason not to. If I ever put this printer in storage again it will be with DYE INKS in it :)



Anonymous said...

Hi, how do you undo the plastic cover over the leads?

Brian D. Brady said...

Sorry was away on Holiday, I am afraid you have to force one side of it with a flat head screw driver, mine just came out but most seem to brake.. don't worry if it does it has no function other then to tell you the colours. I had to leave mine of anyway as it won't close with refillable cartridges. Hope that helps

print head said...

Thanks for this very useful info about Epson R800 you have provided us. I will bookmark this for future reference and refer it to my friends. More power to your blog.


Amelia Davis said...

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