DIY photo printer prevention techniques
Keeping your printer dust-free is vital if you’re to avoid problems. Clean the visible surfaces with a lint-free cloth, and if your printer has a top cover that closes up the paper feed area when you’re finished, use it!
We’d also recommend brushing down your paper with a drafting brush (or a wide, non-abrasive paintbrush) prior to feeding.
Fine-art papers especially tend to attract dust, which can then accumulate on the print feed sensor and cause feeding problems. Plus, printing on dust isn’t a great idea, because once it falls off you’re left with a gaping white hole!
You can prevent ink in the nozzles from drying out by either running a nozzle check every two or three days, or switching your printer on and off, which performs a mini-cleaning cycle.
Timers for wall sockets are a great way to do the latter if you’re the forgetful type.
It’s still a good idea to run a nozzle check before making important prints, but doing the above could ensure that you don’t need to perform the ink-wasting cleaning cycles necessary if your nozzle check doesn’t come up trumps.
Finally, avoid airlocks by storing your spare cartridges the right way up, and giving them a couple of taps on a hard surface to dislodge any air bubbles prior to installation.
Always try and replace an empty cartridge with a new one as soon as possible, because even a few minutes without a cartridge in place could encourage airlocks or cause the ink in the supply line to dry up.
PAGE 1: Common photo printer problems and DIY solutions
PAGE 2: Troubleshooting common photo printer problems
PAGE 3: Paper feed and alignment errors
PAGE 4: Nozzle and roller problems
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