Refill Instructions
Epson SO20136 and SO20138 Cartridges

Black & Color Cartridge

Instructions

1) Locate the black rubber seal(s) on the bottom of the cartridge.

2) Insert the "Epson Rivet(s)" into each seal and press down firmly.
Alternatively, you may seal the outlet hole(s) in the base of the cartridge with tape. A separate piece over each hole is preferred.

3) Fill the syringe with 5ml. of the proper color ink.  Push needle through the label into the sponge of the correct filling hole.
From left to right the colors are BLACK - CYAN - MAGENTA - YELLOW
(You can check each hole with a toothpick if you are not certain of which color goes into each hole) Very s-l-o-w-l-y inject ink into the sponge until the cartridge is full. A little ink might come out of the top when full, so cover up the other three holes while filling one.

3. When finished, seal the Filling Holes made in the top label with tape.  If the holes are not sealed properly the cartridge will leak.

4. Important - Next, remove the "Epson Rivets (or tape) from all exit ports.

5. Replace the cartridge and run 1 - 3 cleaning cycles as per printer instructions.
Or print the following pages:
http://www.refillinstructions.com/black.htm for Black
http://www.refillinstructions.com/color.htm for Color 
For best results, leave cartridge in printer for 8 hours after refilling so the ink can saturate the entire sponge.

NOTE: If cartridge is refilled before it is completely empty this time is greatly reduced.

Theory

The ink in this cartridge is retained because the cartridge has an internal sponge.

For best results, never leave your Epson printer without an installed cartridge -- even an empty one -- for more than an hour or so, because the ink -- the original or our refill ink -- will begin to gel to the consistency of honey, which will require multiple cleaning routines to clear.

The most likely problem is that you might have is an air bubble in the exit tube of your cartridge. Remember that the absence of ink is the same as an air bubble. You can confirm that this is the problem if the printhead cleaning routine actually makes the problem worse.

What is happening is that a small air bubble expands under the vacuum of printing to form a large air bubble, which blocks the flow of ink to the printhead. This problem usually occurs after printing 1 or 2 good pages.

To clear the problem, you may wish to let the printer sit without printing for several minutes, while tapping on the top of the cartridge. This may get the air bubble to move to the top of the cartridge. It may not.

Another idea is to remove the cartridge and try again. Also, try putting a single drop of ink directly into the point where the cartridge is plugged into. But be very careful not to spill the ink!

A Refill Kit should include Ink plus the following:
4 Rivets.
4 Syringes.
Aluminum Tape

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