Hello folks, another dumb noobie with a handout here, looking for input.
I have been looking around for a printer for heat transfers, there isn't a huge selection of pigment ink printers out there. I would prefer at least 11"x17". Reliability is the biggest issue, as I won't be using it everyday, and I would like to avoid clogging issues. So any info toward that matter would be welcome.
While searching the forum, I saw a post about converting Brother printers to use pigment inks. This idea intrigues me as I already own a MFC 6490. I understand from this forum that the black ink in the Brother is pigment ink, which confirms my experience testing some heat transfers. The black ink is water fast, while the colours run like Forrest Gump in the jungle.
So let's get technical, does anyone know if the black ink head is different than the colour heads? Are the nozzles different? I have had this printer for a few years and have had no significant problems, it gets little use, and has been reliable. The colours are disappointing, in that they appear washed out on any paper other than Brother paper, which makes a huge difference. Other than that, and the annoying issue of not being able to print B&W when any colour cart is empty, despite Brother's assurance that you can, it has been a good buy.
I have not noticed any clogging issues over the years, so maybe using pigment inks is possible without causing major problems.
If anyone has tried this conversion I'd like to hear about it, thanks.