Epson Stylus Color Pro/Pro XL 

Epson ink refill instructions

1. Put the cartridge on some paper towels in an area where you can tolerate a spill.

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

3. 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 the aluminum tape provided.

4. Fill the syringe with 10 ml. of black ink or 5 ml. of color ink.  Push needle through the label into the sponge of the correct filling hole. (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 two holes while filling one.

3. When finished, seal the Filling Hole(s) 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: for Black for Color 
For best results, leave cartridge in printer for 8 hours after refilling so the ink can saturate the entire sponge.


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 have 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:
1 Rivet for Black or 3 Rivets for Color.
1 Syringe for Black or 3 Syringes for Color.
Aluminum Tape

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