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My magenta is not printing properly. It leaves big drops at the beginning then doesnt print. My blue images are coming out green. When I print yellow, I get an inch or so of faded orange first. I already cleaned everything. When I do a test print, there are a few flaws but it looks normal. The cap is very wet on the magenta/yellow side and looks normal on the blue black side. I uploaded some photos. You can see the heavy drops in the test. And the yellow should not have that orange band at the top. Also, the letters should be royal blue, not green. This is on a 50/50 perf. Any advice?
That's what I had exactly 6 months ago before gettin my printer serviced by a technician. Could be your print heads not firing correctly... have you left the printer not running for a period of time? Since the Magenta is not available the remaining CYK are trying to make a magenta and create a similar colour to what you really need to print. Cap Top + print head needs to be cleaned thoroughly and the wipers probably needs replacing along with the cap tops while you're at it if it's been there for more than 6months. I had a similar discussion with Steve (Admin) not long ago about our printer starting to run into that cycle where we need a cap top and wiper replacement. Really makes a difference.
If your captop is holding ink it is clogged. Use a paper towel remove any standing ink,pour cleaning solution into it, repeat until it drains freely. Order new captop. Clogged captops causes cross contamination of ink in turn causing off color prints.
also check all of your drain lines down to the drain bottle to make sure they are not clogged.
Once oyu have either cleared or replaced the cap top, then do a powerful clean. It looks like you have cross contamination of ink into the damper on the magenta. It will need to purge the damper and line to get it going correctly again.
Just curious, how often do you run cleaning solution through your cap tops?