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Old March 20th, 2013 Mar 20, 2013 5:31:39 PM -   #1 (permalink)
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Default How to Clean an Epson Print Head

Seems like this topic comes up every other day and myself along with others type over and over some techniques on how to clean that pesky Epson Print Head. So attached is version 1.1, feel free to comment or throw the BS flag, but it has worked for me over the years. I have cleaned a lot of heads and destroyed a lot learning how. Hopefully a starting point for the newer operators.
Lets make this a one stop thread on how to save your print head.
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Old March 20th, 2013 Mar 20, 2013 5:38:53 PM -   #2 (permalink)
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Novel Prize on DTG category!
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Old March 20th, 2013 Mar 20, 2013 6:43:07 PM -   #3 (permalink)
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Default Re: How to Clean an Epson Print Head

spiderx1-excellent write up on cleaning a print head, very detailed and easy to follow. Now I can teach someone other than myself how to do this. Now someone needs to write an article on removing & reinstalling the print head just like this. This is way easier to follow than the video for me.

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spiderx1-excellent write up on cleaning a print head, very detailed and easy to follow. Now I can teach someone other than myself how to do this. Now someone needs to write an article on removing & reinstalling the print head just like this. This is way easier to follow than the video for me.

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Default Re: How to Clean an Epson Print Head

Very good "How To" with thorough descriptions. We have had our Neo running for about a month and have not had a need to clean the head such as you describe, we're trying to run at least a coupe shirts a day to make sure the white ink is always flowing. If you run everyday, will it still be necessary to do a cleaning as you showed?
 
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Default Re: How to Clean an Epson Print Head

Randy, this is EXCELLENT! these things have been in my head and shared on these forums many times by me, you, German13, Stitch-Up, ZoomMonster, and others, but never with great pictures and complete, thorough steps in one document.

i have some info i've been wanting to write up regarding the cleaning procedures/maintenance of the dampers, but i just haven't had the time to get it done.

great job!!!
 
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Default Re: How to Clean an Epson Print Head

Sean, throw some stuff out there or here. Let's get a place where u can just say go to this thread and read vs writing the same thing over and over. There are even more ways to clean, to be in version 2. Such as steaming the print head. Most of this stuff I collected from people such as yourself and many others. While this is very basic cleaning it can be a daunting task to a newbie.
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Default Re: How to Clean an Epson Print Head

The next thing that needs to be done is …

… yes …

someone design a new print head to deal with white.

But the head just have to cover these things:
be cheap
reliable
fits the Epson carriage
long lasting
light
cleanable
e.t.c.

Or either Epson start selling their plastic print head (DX5) for a real price, not the extreme that it is at the moment.
 
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Or either Epson start selling their plastic print head (DX5) for a real price, not the extreme that it is at the moment.
Now on going price is $400-$420 by Epson. All you need is ser# and call them. Isn't it lowest on the market? World wide covered. And not tie up by sole supplier.
1-2 year life term. Maintenance and use more = long life.
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Default Re: How to Clean an Epson Print Head

I must be wrong

but last year the same print head was $224 from Epson US
 
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Seems like this topic comes up every other day and myself along with others type over and over some techniques on how to clean that pesky Epson Print Head. So attached is version 1.1, feel free to comment or throw the BS flag, but it has worked for me over the years. I have cleaned a lot of heads and destroyed a lot learning how. Hopefully a starting point for the newer operators.
Lets make this a one stop thread on how to save your print head.
What works for you?
Great stuff!!
 
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Default Re: How to Clean an Epson Print Head

Wow, great work! I want to tell how i do it. I use sauser, deep 0,4 inch. Using table of printer to put it under printhead. Then like u describe. So in my case i dont remove printhead from carriage unit. Question: if after cleaning we got all nozzles but after print its 70% and its not a damper. After head cleaning again its 100% nozzles and than 70%. I need to continue to clean printhead or not?
 
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Default Re: How to Clean an Epson Print Head

Fantastic but can you expand the information about Ultra Sonic cleaners and why not to use them?

Or are there some that can be used like
Epson DX5 Print Head Recovery with Print Head Doctor 3 - YouTube

And can you also expand why not to use alcohol?

Here is the screen under the spike

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Thanks James! Great pic of the mystery screen.
Ultrasonic cleaners as found at Harbor Frieght or Jewelery cleaners operate at a frequency that can cause permanent damage to the internal workings of the head. The ones used in head cleaners such as Jet Genie are of a different frequency. Alcohol will dry the head out and erode the adhesive used to laminate the print head plate to the bottom.
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Wow, great work! I want to tell how i do it. I use sauser, deep 0,4 inch. Using table of printer to put it under printhead. Then like u describe. So in my case i dont remove printhead from carriage unit. Question: if after cleaning we got all nozzles but after print its 70% and its not a damper. After head cleaning again its 100% nozzles and than 70%. I need to continue to clean printhead or not?
If it works and prints satisfactory I would leave it be. The in machine cleaning method is in the document. However some hazards are present with this method. Ink contamination, getting fluid on ribbon cables etc. If left in the machine the simple soak then head clean is best, if it requires an aggressive cleaning then best to remove. IMHO.
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