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Epson 1280: Ink lines on the back of the paper

Kevin Porter , Apr 07, 2003; 07:12 p.m.

I have been printing on my 1280 for about a year and love it. However, I have been trying to figure out a solition to a problem for a while. I have even contacted Epson and they did not know how to solve it. The problem is that on the back side of all of my prints the paper is picking up ink in verticle sometimes thick black lines. Has anyone else dealt with this problem and how have you fixed it.



R M , Apr 07, 2003; 07:37 p.m.

I've had this problem as well. It seems to be caused by ink spilling from the cartridges along their track. Open the lid, take a clean cloth and gently wipe the black plastic prongs & gray foam matting (would that I knew their technical names ;)) along the cartridge track. You should notice it soaking up some ink. I still haven't figured out why it's occurring, but this seems to do the trick for me. Hope it helps.

Steven Clark , Apr 07, 2003; 07:56 p.m.

You have ink on the rollers. My 870 does the same thing every once in a while. The main problem is that over time stray fibers from the paper, and stray bits of ink, form a kinda felt on the ends of the little plastic things that hold the rollers. The felt doesn't effect anything where it is but sometimes a piece detaches and gets wedged into one of the top rollers inking everythin that goes under it. On the other side occasionally ink will end up getting on the ridges in the bed (most of the time this seems to come from accidently printing to a smaller paper size with the driver set to letter size). When this happens a piece of paper running over the ridges will pick up the ink residue and get a series of evenly spaced but dissipating black lines on the back. The quick solution to each is to simply clean the offending areas, the bed with some paper towells or similar, and the felt stuff with a Q-tip. The first time to clean the felt stuff you will probably accidently dislodge one or more fragments into the rollers. Try to clean them out of there as best you can then run a sheet of paper or two through until you no longer see streeks. I've even tried intentionally causing it to double feed two pieces of matte but I'm not sure whether the added pressure helps or not.

Steven Clark , Apr 07, 2003; 07:59 p.m.

Oops, forgot my little pic.

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Antun Karlovac , Jun 18, 2003; 12:15 a.m.

I have been getting this on two printers: first my old Epson Photo 1200 (which I trashed because they could not fix the problem), then my Photo 1270 (which I bought rather stupidly, thinking it was just a one-in-a-million).

With my 1200, I took it to the Epson repair place, and they cleaned the rollers completely, but it still kept happening.

With my 1270, I have cleaned the rollers, ran plenty of paper through it, and replaced the ink cartridges to no avail.

So... that is the last Epson printer I'll be buying.

Seriously though, anyone know of any other brands that are good these days? I bought a digital camera, so I want to start printing good photo quality prints using it, but I can not do that because the ink ruins every sheet of photo paper I put through it.


Thomas Ash , Dec 08, 2005; 04:05 p.m.

It�s a bit late for the original query, but I�m still having these problems so maybe others are too.

Cleaning the rollers is one part, but to stop the ink getting on the rollers in the first place, you need to clean the underside of the print heads � how to is desribed halfway down this page


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