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Mixing GS with GS+ inks - how bad???

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous Printers' started by Ken42, Jul 16, 2009.

  1. Ken42

    Ken42 New Member

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    Hi all,

    Probably a silly question regarding my Encad NovaJet Pro 600e . . .

    How bad an idea is it to mix GS and GS+ inks in the same reservoirs and cartridges? I want to use up some ink on hand and I'm not worried much about the output quality on these runs (basically some "novelty" prints on very cheap paper), but I don't want to permanently damage the cartridges.

    More specifically . . .
    If I'm running all GS for CMYK and run low on one color (e.g., Y) so I top-off the Y-reservior with GS+ . . .

    1) Will the Y cartridge be damaged? If not . . .

    2) Will the Y values (including greens and oranges) in the prints be somewhere in the same ballpark as before the mix? If not . . .

    3) Will colors return to "normal" when I return to running all GS (or all GS+)? Will I need to flush-out the ink line(s) and cartridge(s) or will I just gradually get better results as the "foreign" ink(s) work their way out of the system?

    4) Is there a "good" way to do this? Is it better to mix closer to a 50/50 ratio or is it better to run as much of the 1st ink out before adding any of the second? (NOTE: I'm not considering a mix of GO with GS!)

    Or is this all just a really bad idea that should be avoided at all costs? ;-)

    Thanks for any insights, suggestions, painful memories, etc. . .

    Ken
     
  2. OldPaint

    OldPaint Major Contributor

    GS means _graphic standard” _ the industry standard for color gamut and easy profiling. PLUS means fast print-to-lamination time compared with other ink formulations. The amazing color range of GS PLUS is suited for a wide array of indoor applications.
    DO THAT HELP?
     
  3. Ken42

    Ken42 New Member

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    Hi Paint,

    It's a start. ;-)

    I've been using the GS inks for quite a while. The "PLUS means fast . . ." leads me to believe the drying time is shortened, and therfore the "open" time would be different for multiple color passes, given the same media, yes? If that's the case, then the colors will look different if I mix GS and GS+ . . . but maybe not enough different to be a problem for my application?

    What about mixing Encad-brand GS ink with Encad-compatible (e.g., Global Print Supply) GS ink? Both are GS (no "plus"), so I'm hoping it's not a problem to mix those. Can't I just add more GS to the reservior, regardless of the brand of GS already in there?

    Thanks!

    Ken
     
  4. OldPaint

    OldPaint Major Contributor

    i got an encad 736, and i run GX+. WAS TOLD NEVER TO MIX THE GX INKS WITH GX +.
    so.........what i would do is get another printhead, and tank........and put the other ink in it......
     
  5. Ken42

    Ken42 New Member

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    Yeah, that would be the right thing to do alright. For me though, it would cost less to just buy more GS than to get a whole new set of cartridges just for the little GS+ I have around . . . unless I were going to switch to GS+ (which I currently don't plan on).

    Thanks!
    Ken
     
  6. Techman

    Techman Major Contributor

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    i can git u some carts for a great price,,
     
  7. Ken42

    Ken42 New Member

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    Thanks, Techman. I'll probably just stick with GS and get more ink instead (for now), but of course carts don't last forever. I'll get in touch next time I need a new set of carts.

    Thanks,
    Ken
     

 


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