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The Epson Stylus Photo R2400 is a color inkjet photo printer made by Epson and marketed towards photography enthusiasts and professionals.

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Every Print head is clogged!

So i havent used my printer in some time. Last time i used it it wouldn't print the magenta so I gave up on it, and put it away. It is a $800 printer and I would like to be able to use it. However now when i do a test print it wont print squat. I have seen various ways of unclogging the heads using windex but I am apprehensive about them. I use this printer for gallery prints and clients. Andy pointer would be great.

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My Stylus 2400 has been sitting idle for over 10 years. Should I even bother to try unclogging it? thanks!

just now by Mrs Einstein

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Here is a URL on cleaning your printhead. Ralph

http://www.photo-i.co.uk/BB/viewtopic.ph...

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Please read all the way through as there are several methods. Ralph

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The problem with these printers is OEM Epson ink is so think, it adds fuel to the problem. Epson pigmented inks (DuraBrite/Ultra) tend to accelerate the problem! The ink being thinner on dye base models helps a lot since it is less prone to clog issues (Claria/Claria HD).

To make matters worse, the head is difficult to remove without sustaining printer damage. Unless you know how, DO NOT remove the printhead unless you have to!

While it’s more or less impossible to remove the head, the problem can be solved with printhead cleaner, vinyl tubing and a syringe. This does get messy, so wear gloves if ink stains on skin bother you. There’s 2 ways to free it for cleaning:

  • Initiate a ink change (wastes ink)
    • Try and avoid if possible
  • Find the release latch that holds the printhead in and move the head.
    • Move it back once you’re done and power cycle the printer - it throws it off at startup, but will come back to sanity. Getting close enough is fine.

When it comes to cleaner you have two choices:

  • Premade cleaner (Search Epson printhead cleaner on eBay)
    • Follow the provided instructions with the kit

DO NOT use homebrew cleaners unless you know how to make it in a way that doesn’t ruin the anti clog coating or puts the head at risk of permanent failure resulting in a fatal error - even if you don’t mind the risk.

If you must, the formula I'd recommend for this is 1 part alcohol (91-99%) to 2 parts water (1:3 is safer, but is less effective). This should dilute the alcohol to a safe level while retaining the ability to clear the clog. You will need high concentration alcohol since you lose ~20-30% of it’s strength. Hot water alone doesn't work on Epson printers because of the water resistance of their inks.

Either way, these are the general instructions most premade kits use in terms of getting the head in a cleaning state - beyond this, follow the kit instructions:

  • Put 4-5 napkins in the print track. If you do not do this, the ink will go into your waste ink pads and trigger early waste ink pad failure. You don’t want this to happen.
  • Loosen the printhead. On printers with a white tab next to the service station, release the tab in the unlocked position.
    • If the tab isn’t visible, look around for it, find a service manual or trigger the ink swap mode.
      • CAUTION: YOU HAVE A WETNESS SENSOR PRINTER, PREMATURE REMOVAL IS KNOWN TO KILL THE CARTS.
  • Put the ink cartridges aside. You do not need to put them in a bag, but it is recommended if you can do so.
  • Find some plastic tubing that fits over the Epson nozzles. You want tubing that fits snugly, but also isn't loose. Measure it or buy a few possible matches.
  • Slowly inject solution into the printhead. Work all of the nozzles and then clean the stubborn ones again.
  • Homebrew only: After cleaning the printhead, inject distilled water to purge the head. If you do not do this the printhead might get damaged due to degraded rubber parts ruined by sitting alcohol.
    • Follow the kit instructions for premade solution.
  • Use a microfiber cloth to dry the printhead nozzles if needed. The ink cartridges should not be inserted when solution is present.
  • Verify the results with a nozzle check.
    • To prevent it from happening again, the best way is a weekly nozzle check (every 3 days in humid climates).

While your Epson is one of the few models where the printhead is actually designed to be removed a lot more easily, I would still advise against it UNLESS injections do not help. This process is difficult and also easy for a beginner DIYer to get wrong and cause $$$ damage that totals out the printer due to user error.

If you can do it, the procedure typically involves removing the ink chip reader plate, 2-4 screws and disconnecting two flat flex cables. After removing the head, soak it solution - ideally just enough to not get cleaner into the electronics. If it does happen, further disassembly and an air compressor is required.

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Alcohol can't be good for the rubber gaskets.

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@shawnreeves I think that is a rather sweeping statement to make. We used to use Isopropyl Alcohol a lot to clean old style Mag tape drives you used to see on old style mainframe computers (Pucks, capstans and tape path). Cheap rubber and stronger alcohols MAY be an issue, but the standard one mentioned above should NOT be an issue.

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I've come to agree with Tony Davis. I realized that in mixtures of alcohol and water, the alcohol evaporates first, a physical phenomenon related to the property that alcohol has a lower boiling point than water, so that alcohol isn't left sitting on the rubber gaskets deteriorating them.

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@shawnreeves I still find it safer to advise using a commercial cleaner or flushing it with distilled water just to be sure.

Most people doing this will be cleaning some cheap Stylus Photo, Artisan or even a XP series printer, or an older one like the C84/88/88+. If it ruins the printer you cry for 10 minutes and buy a new one. Unless you're still running XP you're not going to have an issue other then needing a different cartridge number.

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I recommend you having the printer cleaned by people who does maintenance on Epson printers.Or you could get some cleaning kit for print head.Here are something you maybe need.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i78Tu3RVO...

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what I found to use on my Epson Artisan 50 and R280 was to use Windex with Ammonia. I used a syringe with about 2-3 " of flexible tube on the end. I used some new fuel line for my chainsaw, it is clear and very soft and flexible. I removed the cartridge and drew up any remaining ink in the print head.Then I drew up Windex into the syringe and squirted in with medium pressure into the "cone" the cartridge goes on, then left the syringe attached with Windex overnight. In the morning I pulled back on the syringe plunger and squirted the muck into the sink, do this several times. You can also inject water, used distilled , not tap or mineral , to flush out. Try first to draw out as much as you can so you don't force stuff back into the nozzles. You may have to do this process several times. Your cartridge at this time may have a vapor lock to get it flowing again I bought from MSI Ink or inksupply.com a tip that fits on the syringe that looks just like the cone on the print head you can draw out ink till it flows, do a cleaning cycle and you are back in business, they also have high quality ink.

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Old post but for anyone that comes along DO NOT USE WINDEX WITH AMMONIA to clean your print head! There is a coating of oil on the print head designed to keep it wet. The windex will remove it and your print head will be prone to dry out if not used nearly daily.

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I sujest one thing that you have to use high quality printing ink suitable with your machine ,i think some time unmatching inks may cause to blocking head. get service from service provider

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Or head damage in the printer is?

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Boy this is the same torture I went through with the top of the line Canon color inkjet - it sat several months while in Europe and just when it was needed it's now down to a new print head a bit spendy last time I checked.

I also tried the rescue treatment with alcohol,, and no luck. He was such a great printer, actually blew me away.

Best of luck with this issue.

Cheers

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