Edible Ink Cartridges-Please Help!

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melimel00 Posted 25 Mar 2014 , 3:02pm
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Hello all! I would like to get some opinions about edible ink cartridges!!!


I purchased my first printer about 2 years ago- an Epson Workforce 30  and KopyKake edible ink cartridges and experienced at LOT of banding. I did a lot of cleaning, trouble shooting etc, still a lot of banding. Forgot about it, then decided to try edible image printing again. I thought maybe because the Epson was on the cheaper side, maybe I should upgrade printers.


I recently bought a Canon MG5320 that I purchased from KopyKake- works like a charm. By default, I purchased the edible ink (again) from them as well. First print was beautiful! Then I made the mistake of not using the printer for about a month. I took it down this weekend to try to use it again- MAJOR BANDING again! So again, I ran multiple print head cleanings, deep cleanings, print head alignments- I even CAREFULLY took apart the print head and flushed it completely through with a solution of warm distilled water and airbrush solution and all flushed through completely clear. I put everything back together- ran test prints again, ran print head cleanings again being sure to wait 20-30 mins in between cleanings and AGAIN BANDING!!!


I did some research and it turns out other people have had issues with Kopykake ink cartridges clogging! The whole reason why I bought KK's brand is because they claim that they way they build their cartridges with the sponge prevents clogging! :-t Super frustrating! 


I just ordered cartridges from Icing Images because I've read on here that they seem to work better. Is there any other advice, tips, ANYTHING that you guys can suggest that I haven't tried yet before I rip out the rest of my hair and empty the rest the pennies left in my bank account?! :shock:

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cupadeecakes Posted 25 Mar 2014 , 3:50pm
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I had an Epson once that would clog and band like crazy.  I would pour pure grain alcohol into the printer's jets (where the cartridges sit) and let it sit for a while and then use a small syringe (without the needle) to flush more PGA through the jets.  I also used the PGA on a cotton swab to clean the cartridges.  The very best thing I can recommend if you get t working correctly again is to print a test page through it at least once a week.  I have a Word document that is just a page of colored text ("BLACK BLACK BLACK, RED RED RED, BLUE BLUE BLUE, YELLOW YELLOW YELLOW") that I run through the printer once a week. 

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melimel00 Posted 25 Mar 2014 , 8:58pm
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AWhat type of ink did you use?

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melimel00 Posted 25 Mar 2014 , 10:30pm
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ASorry I should have been more specific- what brand of edible ink did you use in your Epson printer?

Does anyone have any opinions of icing images edible ink vs kopykake edible ink? Any experiences of one clogging more than the other?

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