Epson ink refill instructions

Photo Color Cartridge

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

2. Locate the 5 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 tape. A separate piece over each hole is preferred.

2. Attach the needle to the syringe and fill with the appropriate color ink.

3. Push needle through the label all the way into the cartridge of the proper filling hole. Inject ink very slowly into the sponge until the cartridge is full. (This will soak the sponge with ink and refill the reservoir).
From left to right the inks wells are 1 to 5:
1. Regular cyan (blue)
2. Photo Cyan (blue)
3. Regular Magenta (red)
4. Photo Magenta (red)
5. Regular Yellow

4. Use adhesive tape to seal the hole(s) made in the top label. Note: The cartridge wil leak if the holes are not sealed properly.

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

Reinsert the cartridge and run 1 - 3 cleaning cycles as per printer instructions. For best results, leave cartridge in printer for 8 hours after refilling so the ink can saturate the entire sponge to allow ink to flow to the print head.

NOTE: This time is gretaly reduced if cartridge is refilled before it is completely empty.



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. If necessary leave cartridge in printer for up to 3 hours. This allows the ink to flow to the bottom of the cartridge.

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:
5 Epson Rivets
5 Syringes
Aluminum Tape

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