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Old March 25th, 2013 Mar 25, 2013 6:33:20 AM -   #16 (permalink)
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Do people have information about the new

Epson Thin Film Micro Piezo (TFP) print head?
 
Old April 2nd, 2013 Apr 2, 2013 6:42:18 AM -   #18 (permalink)
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Hi.. good work..

I would like to add... spikes can be cleaned with regular pin... gently of course...

But, about your pulling technique.. I have had always worse results that way...I'm pushing cleaning solution trough head.. and works... And, we use only distilled water, no other chemicals... 2 years since last problem with print heads....

Also I can confirm that ultra sonic cleaning is not giving good enough results.
I would like to add also.. if you let your white ink to sit too long.. don't mix it after.. once white ink is dissolved it can not be unified again!!!
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Hi.. good work..

I would like to add... spikes can be cleaned with regular pin... gently of course...

But, about your pulling technique.. I have had always worse results that way...I'm pushing cleaning solution trough head.. and works... And, we use only distilled water, no other chemicals... 2 years since last problem with print heads....

Also I can confirm that ultra sonic cleaning is not giving good enough results.
I would like to add also.. if you let your white ink to sit too long.. don't mix it after.. once white ink is dissolved it can not be unified again!!!
Thank you for your input on head cleaning to NeoFamily. Whatever works stick with it is my voice whole time.
However, we can think this way too. When particle builds up behind nozzle hole pushing method can put more particle into tiny nozzles. Reverse will take particle out through larger hole. Actually this is thousand times bigger tunnel. Randy's soaking stands for particle break down time. It will be easier to take out reverse way and no chance to clog more on clogged nozzle. No danger to damage seals.
Since you are water user, use warm water will be a greater help.
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Yes, I know it defies logic, but sometimes I have had feeling that our printer watching me while I was cleaning and laughs at my pain.

PS:
-It happened a lot of times... drop of liquid went to flat cable contacts, cable is burnt... you need to replace... NOT...
-Take glass fibre pen eraser () clean burnt edges, align with scissors if needed and "voila"...!
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Yes, I know it defies logic, but sometimes I have had feeling that our printer watching me while I was cleaning and laughs at my pain.

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-It happened a lot of times... drop of liquid went to flat cable contacts, cable is burnt... you need to replace... NOT...
-Take glass fibre pen eraser () clean burnt edges, align with scissors if needed and "voila"...!
We don't want to underplay the seriousness of not getting the cables wet! It can very easily wipe out the motherboard or Printhead as well. Trying to repair the ribbon cable can be risky. Now you think it's good or at least good enough to try, really all you do is give it a second shot at frying the board(s).
While this may work sometimes I am not sure it's worth the 35$ it cost for a new set of cables. 35$vs500$plus! JMHO, thanks for the tip, one thing that gets overlooked often is the tab that is attached to the ribbon cable on the opposite side of the silver contacts. They tend to fall off, a lot, do not attempt to use a cable without a tab! This will cause a serious short.
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Ok, let me correct myself... Any of my advice are a bit risky, and if anyone want to try them, THINK TWICE, you are doing it on your own risk, it may damage your printer. If you are not in a hurry and can afford new original part, DO IT....
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Ok, let me correct myself... Any of my advice are a bit risky, and if anyone want to try them, THINK TWICE, you are doing it on your own risk, it may damage your printer. If you are not in a hurry and can afford new original part, DO IT....
Hey, I have gone so far as to cutoff the end with a paper cutter then scrap the covering off with a razor blade to expose the silver to make new contacts, worked, ONCE, I needed to reverse some connections on a diy project. So I get your point and it is a great tip, just caution is suggested as you stated. Everything is risk vs reward.
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Can I use Simple Green® All-Purpose Cleaner instead of Windex?
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Default Re: How to Clean an Epson Print Head

I know this be an ancient thread (so last year). But am trying out the method tonight on one slightly clogged printhead.

Thank you for posting the process, mine is coming along well. More debris than expected in the solution. Am pulling warmed solution up through the prongs/spikes every 2 hours for 6 hours, and did one light waterfall. All nozzles seem to be falling freely.

I made one modification: I cut 8x 1" pcs of clear tubing and melted the ends shut to place snug on the prongs. To prevent air from possibly drying any residue ink on the inside of the prongs..
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Good idea, keeping the spike holes from drying out is important. Thanks for your techniques
 
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Default Re: How to Clean an Epson Print Head

First let me say thank you for the print head cleaning doc. I'm a diy person and this is great. Could someone help me in finding a doc that tells me how to remove the print head? I have an Epson SureColor F2000. Any pointers would be appreciated. Thanks!
 






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