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Has anyone printed quality heat transfers using HP Photosmart c4680 printer?

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Here's my questions....

I currently have a HP Photosmart c4680 inkjet printer and I'm looking to do mostly heat transfers to start. I'm wondering if anyone has used the HP Photosmart c4680 inkjet printer to print transfers with? If so, to what degree of success and how high has the quality been? What I'm finding from my research is that it's important to use PIGMENT based cartridges for printing heat transfers on inkjet printers. The issue is that the cartridges these printers use which are the hp 60 cartridges are not all pigment based. The black cartridges ARE pigment based, however the tri-color cartridges ARE NOT pigment based (they are dye based which I hear have problems with running, fading, etc.) Anyway, is this printer a useable printer for quality heat transfers? Is there anyway for me to get PIGMENT based color cartridges for this model so I am using all pigment based ink? I have not bought any of the equipment I've been researching yet, so would you all recommend I just get a new printer to use only for printing my heat transfers? If so, what models would you all recommend? I want to make sure whatever model I buy uses ALL pigment based ink as it's standard ink cartridges. Not getting into CIS systems and all that just yet until I see what sort of quantity I'll be doing and if I need to go that route. Do you recommend the Epson Workforce 1100? The Epson c120? The Epson C88+? After reading all the threads on this stuff I just get burnt out and confused by people saying so many different things. I'm looking at getting a 16x20 heat press and would like the option for my printer to print larger format heat transfers if needed. And again, just want a simple setup to start with a printer that comes stock with ALL PIGMENT based inks. Any recommendations from the forum would be welcomed and much appreciated! Also if you have any recommendations on 16x20 affordable heat presses and inkjet heat transfer brands of paper to use with your recommended printer suggestions and presses, that would be a HUGE help as well.

Thanks to all and sorry for a long post with so many questions, but like I said, I'm a NOOB with a lot of ambition but no experience in the inkjet heat transfer realm.
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I see nobody answered your question. I am just starting out and beginning with my HP 3050. I bought an Epson, which I going to return, because the colors are so off. My HP prints the colors perfect, now the test is in the wash. What's your outcome been?
Im in the same boat, I posted a question similar to yours with no response. I have a epson r1900 an a Hp 1210.
As you did,i read post after post and ended up more confused than when i started.
It appeared to me that all i need is a pigment ink to be able to heat transfer,which i believe is what came with my epson originaly.
I bought the epson used from a friend an he had purchased the extra chromoblast and sublijet ink with it,i played around with it an ran outa ink very quickly.
When i priced the ink ,i about fell outa my chair.
I dont know how much of it they used before i bought it so im not sure how far full carteridges will go.It scared me a bit so i purchased a 4 color screen print set up but i would still like to use the printer, it would be alot easyer and faster to use but will it be profitable.
Now, if i can use the standard pigment ink, i can print the heck outa some shirts for alot cheaper than the chromo or sublijet ink, but will it stay on the shirt.Thats the big question i have been trying to figure out.
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I just found this reply on another post,and it answered a big question for me.It is a site that has pigment ink for heat tranfers for HPs, epsons an so on.Cheap compared to everywhere else i have looked. They have a complete7 color kit for my epson for less than 100 bucks,wich is alot better than 80 bucks for just 1 color.You might want to check it out,they might have a complete pigment ink kit for your printer, its been way cheaper than everywhere else i have found so far. Here is a copy of the reply that was left on another post.

Inks for heat transfers are better if they are pigment. They are fast drying and and don't run when washed. I get mine from www.inkjetcarts.us, they are priced favorably, the support is great and they are on the east coast. Don't know if pigment inks are better than dye inks for film positives
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I am in the same boat as a newbie. After hearing all the good things said about it, i bought an Epson 1400 to use on my first real order, but for now i have been printing my transfers with an HP Deskjet.

At first the transfers printed on HP were poor quality and not washing well. but i increased the time i heat pressed them to 20 seconds at 350 to 385 degrees and they seem to wash very well, no fading, very little cracking, etc. i plan to sell them very cheaply and to use outsourcing for bigger orders.

i also checked out reviews for the Epson on Amazon and am thinking of returning it unopened until i get more established, as there are a lot of complaints about clogged heads, and very expensive ink.

i used Green Grid, Transfer Jet II and Red Grid transfer paper. So far the Red Grid is the brightest, but the others are less apt to crack. I have an order in for Clearsoft, so i will try that next.
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Well, i found a post that explains why my HP printed transfers were so satisfactory to me. it turns out the HP Deskjet 4280 comes with pigment-based ink. So my regular printer i've been using just for paper is fine for transfers too :)

this post sends you to the HP website, where a chat guy named Joey informed me the printer comes with Pigment based ink. i assume that is the same as the Epson.

So i am going right back to Staples to return the Epson 1400 until i really need another printer. That saves me $299 for now. Fantastic!
Can I use my HP Deskjet 3050A for heat transfers as well? If so, what would I need to start? (I.E. what kind of ink, paper, etc.
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