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September 29th, 2019 05:11 PM
deh4170
Re: Heavy-Duty Cleaning Fluid for DTG

Quote:
Originally Posted by erich
the following formula will work perfect.

5L DI (De-ionised) Water, Type E-11 electronic grade (D5127-90)
250ml Isopropyl
25ml dishwashing liquid

Jerry
DTG Digital
Jerry...what strength of Isopropyl are you using? Would any de-ionised water work or does it specifically need to be D5127-90? Thank you.
September 29th, 2019 05:09 PM
deh4170
Re: Heavy-Duty Cleaning Fluid for DTG

What % of alcohol are you using? Thank you.
August 6th, 2013 04:40 AM
FulStory
Re: Heavy-Duty Cleaning Fluid for DTG

Simple Green Extreme Motorsport Cleaner

is this simple green suitable? LOL
August 6th, 2013 04:34 AM
FulStory
Re: Heavy-Duty Cleaning Fluid for DTG

Quote:
Originally Posted by Sunro
At the risk of sounding awfully naive, is anyone aware of what is in the heavy-duty cleaning fluids sold or recommended by various DTG printer manufacturers?

I am a firm believer in using lots of the stuff daily to keep our print head and capping station super clean. This philosophy has served us well so far. The fluid we use seems to be very effective.

However, it isn't exactly cheap! I was wondering if it's possible to make our own, if the ingredients are readily available. We're using Dupont inks, which necessitate the need to be watchful in keeping the printer components clean.
so after all, which cleaning fluid you prefer? simple green?
August 16th, 2012 12:44 PM
adrenaline
Re: Heavy-Duty Cleaning Fluid for DTG

Two different products all together. Glycol is what they use to prime the new print heads so they last longer on the shelf without drying out so yes is has a very slow evap rate.
August 16th, 2012 11:40 AM
ywane
Re: Heavy-Duty Cleaning Fluid for DTG

i only see green cleanning solution like neoflex and coolman, but i dont know whats to make colour green/pink or maybe from little ink
August 16th, 2012 11:23 AM
adrenaline
Re: Heavy-Duty Cleaning Fluid for DTG

Quote:
Originally Posted by spiderx1
Throw a shrimp on the Barbie. Do not confuse alcohol with glycol. Glycols tend to keep things from evaporate slowly while alcohols evaporate rapidly. All in moderation. Word of caution. Putting a few drops in the capping station at night helps but filling the capping station can cause unwanted ink migration between channels or even empty your ink into the waste, all of it!!!!
Yes and i have heard of a few fully syphened inks containers before. If you are going to flood the you need to nlock of waste ink tank line and also ink lines, but turn machine off. I do this when going away for a week or so to save flushing machine and then when back 1 head clean and all is good. I just put wims on a seperate timer plug so it runs twice a day for 20 mins.
August 16th, 2012 11:19 AM
adrenaline
Re: Heavy-Duty Cleaning Fluid for DTG

The Fluid i use is the pink one of the shelf purchased
August 16th, 2012 10:44 AM
spiderx1
Re: Heavy-Duty Cleaning Fluid for DTG

Throw a shrimp on the Barbie. Do not confuse alcohol with glycol. Glycols tend to keep things from evaporate slowly while alcohols evaporate rapidly. All in moderation. Word of caution. Putting a few drops in the capping station at night helps but filling the capping station can cause unwanted ink migration between channels or even empty your ink into the waste, all of it!!!!
August 16th, 2012 10:21 AM
JonWye
Re: Heavy-Duty Cleaning Fluid for DTG

What pink cleaning solution are you talking about. Your logic is sound, but you did not mention what you actually use. A homemade cleaning solution or an off-the-shelf one.
August 16th, 2012 10:11 AM
adrenaline
Re: Heavy-Duty Cleaning Fluid for DTG

The ligfht pink cleaning solution has no sub butaols in it and is very safe on print heads. When doing a flush it should be watered down with de mineralised water by 15:1. As a normal cleaning solution and for ptuin gito capping station is is very good for stopping the head clogs. Also after this goes through the pump assembley etc and i have pulled a few apart after it they are like new and the lines etc are very clean. It will actuall soften and slowly disolve the water base inks that are built up with damaging any other parts. Windex and alcahol please avoide it. As a test grab a new syreieng and put alchohlol in ti and leav then see how easy it is to pull after that? It firm s up alot as the rubber dries up more and hardens same as for windex. So just imagine what is happening to the pump assembley and the rubber seals o the capping station. To save money spend a bti and get the correct stuff. You will save on print heads etc in the end. For example my Viper is a early 2009 model and is only on its second print head. I have done alot of testing on the new cleaning solution and pulled aprt the capping station etc when repalced and it was so clean inside and all parts still moved freely. Know i have not doen a capping station replacement since the first service over 2 years ago. I only go through about 1lt of cleaning fluid every 2.5 months. I flush all out with samll bit of cleaning solution just enough to go into lines then H20 till clean a little wipe over all ruubbers etc with the cleaning solution and finally put the cleaning solution in the capping station before homing the print head after a days work, Probably use 15ml a day of it max. Cheap insurance
February 22nd, 2012 09:44 PM
JonWye
Re: Heavy-Duty Cleaning Fluid for DTG

Quote:
Originally Posted by spiderx1
A warm cleaning solution is far more effective. Windex can be used but it needs to be the original without additives. I.e. no wax. Dilute 50% distilled water. A good sub for commercial cleaning solution is 10% ethylene glycol, 10% propolyene glycol and 80% distilled water. These are by weight.
Any new thoughts or discoveries with regard to making your own cleaning mixture. I've started a thread about it where I am hoping DTG owners will chime in on what they know with regard to creating a cleaning solution that matches what dupont puts out.

https://www.t-shirtforums.com/dtg-brand/t164079.html
February 22nd, 2012 09:41 PM
JonWye
Re: Heavy-Duty Cleaning Fluid for DTG

Quote:
Originally Posted by Sunro
Now, if only someone would come up with a good bagged-ink conversion kit (Mod-1 style) for the 4880, we'd be in even better shape.
I'm working on one now. I've got a separate thread for it.

https://www.t-shirtforums.com/direct-...g/t179531.html
November 1st, 2011 07:54 AM
ywane
Re: Heavy-Duty Cleaning Fluid for DTG

thanks Z...what kind clear do you used, i think that use Isoprophyl alcohol too maybe just a little
October 31st, 2011 09:59 AM
zoom_monster
Re: Heavy-Duty Cleaning Fluid for DTG

Vodka,
Why not use everclear?
seriously....... I've heard many warnings about isopropyl not being a good thing to use a lot of in the head. Not sure about methanol, but I've seen first hand what denatured alcohol will do to plexyglass and certain plastics. Simple green and Windex come in several formulations. My choice is warm distilled water with clear non-foaming ammonia added in (just a dash) just before you use it. It's cheap, it's easily sourced, it jets, and it's worked for me without issue for over a year.
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