"Your choice Dave, but I can promise you Ive worked on at least 20 machines that were using Bordeau ink, and every one of them needed new heads because the particles in the ink is clogging the nozzles.
Can you pull ink through the heads with the…"
"We have a winner!
Bourdeau ink is known to cause clogged heads. With your heads over 10 years old, I would have to think that they are over their 6 billion shot count expected life.
I'd say you're due for new heads, dampers, captops…"
First things first. How old are the heads? How old are the captops? (the ones in your photo are junk. doesnt matter how old they are. Do you have 4 new captops to install?) The wipers definitely need replaced. (the yellow ink on the captop…"
"It looks like your bidirectional is off. The slant or bias is very slightly off, but doesnt look off enough to cause your issue.
Like Irv said, do the bidirectionals in service mode, then in user mode. Dont do the simple, do the detailed. The reason…"
"That makes sense. You can check the fuses on the head board to see if they have popped for some reason. If they are good then yes, the heads are just clogged up.
I'm not terribly far away from you should you need a tech onsite..."
Clearly your yellow head is badly misaligned. Also it looks as if the good print is on a cast glossy vinyl, and the one you are unhappy with looks like a calendared matte film.
With your heads so far out of alignment, it would be…"
"I would still try adding a layer of transfer tape to the heater area and see if the material will release better.
We've had this same issue with a lot of the VG machines in my area and banner material. "