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I already have a Canon Pixma MX310 all in one and I didn't really want to have to get a new printer but I am not sure what ink I need to put in it. Is the bulk ink that people talk about here a generic ink that can be used by any printer or are these inks printer specific? Also, where is the best place to buy them? Thanks alot!
 

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Hi. You can get both pigment and dye based inks for Canon printers. Most third party inks have formulations that are close to the original manufacturers inks. Wherever possible, it is preferable to get an ink designed for Canon printers.

The only ink you cannot use with your Canon printer is sublimation ink, as the print heads are not of a suitable design for that formulation.
 

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Hi Julie. Pigment inks tend to be used in preference to dye based inks, as they tend to withstand washing better than many dye based inks. Having said that, I have used dye based inks myself that have stood up to repeated washing, as well as the pigment inks do.

I am not certain if refillable cartridges, or bulk ink systems are available for the MX310 model, which could limit your choices. Most Pixma models use dye based inks, as do the compatible cartridges for the those models. I have used pigment ink in Canon printers in the past with no problems, so they certainly work with the Canon printheads ok.
 

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Dye ink washes out of transfers, except when you use JPSS (Jetprosofstretch paper). Claria ink is a dye ink, but it is not a "regular" photographic dye like the others, it is "water resistant", and members here have been using it with success. It seems the "water resistant" element may be why it seems to show the same colorfast properties with inkjet heat transfer paper as pigment has in the wash cycle.

Below I'll supply some link to past posts that explain about basically 4 inks you will find out there:

1. Pigment ink (generally works with all paper, note: I have used Durabrite ink with Ironall and had fade. That is an issue with the paper itself, so you will find that as you go along you will prefer some products over others.)

2. Claria Hi-Def "water resistant" dye ink. (Epson's newer dye ink, used in the 1400 printer, there are generic/3rd party Claria compatible inks available, and some members use them with great success with various papers.)

3. Regular photographic dye ink. There are the regular dyes in dye printers. They are not made to be water resistant, and do wash out. Granted, it may take time but they will fade more considerably then the other two ink options. EXCEPTION (lol, ya always gotta love the exceptions. :D) JPSS - Jetprosofstretch paper has shown to hold the color with regular photographic dye ink.

4. HT pigment ink. (These are HT meaning Heat Transfer inks that are forumlated to withstand the heat of the press without color shifting.)

I'm giving you some links below, but if you look up anyone of those terms in the search box, you will find many threads on those topics and will find out the various views of them on the forum. :)

I have a Canon Pixma 4000. I used mfg OEM ink (Canon's ink for this printer.) No problems at all. The first link I will give you has a link to my wash tests: 12 washes, 11 of them warm water, and high heat dryer, 6 or 7 of them included one cup of bleach. You can see photos of before a wash, after a wash, after a few, and then at 12 with about a half dozen cups of bleach tossed at it. No fading. (I love that JPSS paper!) No other paper seems to show this quality when it comes to regular dye ink.

Here is a link to more on inks, and the picture thread for you:
http://www.t-shirtforums.com/heat-press-heat-transfers/t54705.html#post325653

http://www.t-shirtforums.com/heat-press-heat-transfers/t57306-2.html#post340545


Canon printers, yes, as R1 says, some folks use their Canon dye ink like I did, with the JPSS paper, others have converted their Canon's to pigment ink printers. If you need a link to a place to buy a set up - let me know. I know of a thread that mentions a system the user is happy with and others agreed with her.

I hope this helps you understand printers and inks a little better. :)
 

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Thanks for the great info! Yes, I would like the link but I may try the standard ink with the JPSS paper first to see how that works.
 

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Durabrite has been known to color shift (colors in the design change color when the heat is applied.)

It prints beautiful (once you reduce the yellow on the 88 series), but after pressing... blacks turn green or blues turn purple.

I use the c88+ with these settings: magenta +5, cyan +5, yellow -10 to -20 depending on how warm I want the image. I do not get color shifting... I am one of the lucky ones.

Alot of folks switch to 3rd party pigment inks to avoid 1. the color shifting or Durabrite 2. the expense of Durabrite carts.

Some of the places I always hear favorable reviews from are:
Inkjetcarts.us
shopdyesub.com
inkjetfly.com

A search on any of those 3rd party ink suppliers will return alot of threads with feedback on them. :)
 

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I have a Canon Pixma 4000. I used mfg OEM ink (Canon's ink for this printer.) No problems at all. The first link I will give you has a link to my wash tests: 12 washes, 11 of them warm water, and high heat dryer, 6 or 7 of them included one cup of bleach. You can see photos of before a wash, after a wash, after a few, and then at 12 with about a half dozen cups of bleach tossed at it. No fading. (I love that JPSS paper!) No other paper seems to show this quality when it comes to regular dye ink.
Whoops, I forgot the link to the wash tests with JPSS and bleach:
http://www.t-shirtforums.com/heat-press-heat-transfers/t47868.html

Hope you found the link somewhere else. :)
 
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