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Issue with heads - prints fade after cleaning

Discussion in 'Roland' started by Joebawca, May 29, 2012.

  1. Joebawca

    Joebawca New Member

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    Hello, my name is Joseph and this is my first post. I am having an issue with my Roland SP-300V printer. My prints have been recently fading on the black and return to normal after a cleaning. The next day the fading will happen again and would return to normal after a cleaning. After I did a normal cleaning, I performed a test print. Attached is a test print after the most recent cleaning. Does anyone know what the issue might be?

    According to my research, it seems to be clogged nozzles and possibly damaged nozzles. Will I need to replace the head?
     

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  2. ChicagoGraphics

    ChicagoGraphics Major Contributor

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    Don't you ever clean your heads?
     
  3. Joebawca

    Joebawca New Member

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    I do the normal cleaning method per the Roland service manual. I clean the four sides surrounding the print heads, I clean around the caps, and I clean the wipers.
     
  4. J Hill Designs

    J Hill Designs Major Contributor

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    how long with the old caps and dampers?
     
  5. Joebawca

    Joebawca New Member

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    About a year. I am unsure what to check for when inspecting the caps and dampers. What I did notice upon inspection of the wipers is that the absorbing material has small perforations like a fork was used to poke holes in it. The wipers are warped a little and had dried ink on them. I cleaned the wipers prior to the issues.
     
  6. Joebawca

    Joebawca New Member

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    Cleaning cartridges

    I have read on another thread the procedure to clean the nozzles by plugging and soaking the caps. Is it a good idea to use the Roland cleaning cartridges?
     
  7. Robert M

    Robert M Very Active Member

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    Tune it up

    change the wiper, the dampers, and the cap tops and go from there.
    we have them at www.solventinkjet.com
    ask for a pdf of the tech manual with your order.
     
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