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The Epson Stylus Photo R2400 is a color inkjet photo printer.

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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!

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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 Epson ink is so thick if you use OEM ink. However, this problem is more prevalent on pigment printers (Ex: DuraBrite) since it’s thicker then the dye ink Epson uses in printers that use the Claria/Claria HD ink. To make matters worse, the head is difficult to remove without sustaining permanent damage to the printer. I don’t recommend even TRYING to remove the printhead.

While it’s more or less impossible to remove the head, the problem can be solved by injecting printhead cleaner. This does get messy, so wear gloves if ink stains on skin bother you. It’s usually pretty easy to unlock the head on most models (look for the white tab), but your mileage may vary. This may take a few more tries, but it doesn’t destroy printheads and entire printers in the process.

When it comes to cleaner you have two choices:

  • Premade cleaner (check sites like eBay for Epson printhead cleaner)
    • Follow the provided instructions with the kit
  • Homemade cleaner
    • Use common sense and don’t inject too much at once. The most I’d try is 4-5mL at a time. If it doesn’t work within 4-5 attempts, it’s too far gone or needs a premade cleaner.

If you care about the printer, you're probably better off getting premade cleaner. If you don't care if you damage the printer, the homemade option may work. The formula I'd recommend for this is 1 part alcohol to 2 parts water. This should dilute the alcohol to a safe level while retaining the ability to clear the clog.

Since you are diluting the alcohol 1:2, you need strong alcohol. Because of this, I would recommend using high concentration isopropyl alcohol (91%). Hot water alone doesn't work on Epson printers.

If you decide to go the homemade cleaner route, this is the procedure I recommend:

  • 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.
  • Loosen the printhead. On printers with a white tab next to the service station, release the tab in the unlocked position. If your printer does not have this, put the printer in the cartridge change mode; it will do the same job.
  • 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 matched packs.
  • Slowly inject solution into the printer. It may help to spread the injections as you go.
  • After cleaning the printhead, inject distilled water to purge the alcohol mix. If you do not do this the printhead might get damaged and leak ink due to failed seals.
  • Use a lint free cloth to dry the printhead nozzles. The ink cartridges should not be inserted when water is on the tips where the ink cartridges sit.
  • 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, I would still advise against it UNLESS injections do not help. This process is difficult and easy for a beginner to get wrong and destroy the printer. If you can do it, the procedure typically involves removing 2-4 screws and disconnecting two flat flex cables. Once the head is removed, soak it in the solution.

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Alcohol can't be good for the rubber gaskets.

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Still safer then ammonia, which destroys the anti-clog coating and encourages it more then before.

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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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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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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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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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Or head damage in the printer is?

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