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Was looking at getting a printer for doing edible pictures.  Not too sure what printer to buy.  If anyone has a printer or any comments to help  make my decision more informative it would be appreciated.  I have looked around but I am still undecided. 

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Icing Images said:

I would definitely recommend a Canon over Epsons. The main reason is that the Canon has a removable printhead so if you do get a nasty clog, you can remove the printhead and clean it rather then throwing the printer away and starting over as you would with an Epson. 

Hi Icing Images,  I have the Canon printer mentioned here, and removed the cartridges when I wasn't using it so they wouldn't go dry (necessary?) but the print head is clogged--is there a better way to clean the head than running the 'clean' feature with the ink in it?  After three runs it's still printing stripes.

I really like this printer and hope there is an easy solution to this problem.

Cyn

This topic is long and has spanned over a long time so that model is not available but the Canon mg5320 is the latest generation. I hope this helps!

Hy Cyn,

You really want to keep the cartridges in place and just print on regular paper at least once every week to two weeks, but that is dependent on the brand of ink you use. For ours, every week to two weeks is fine.  You only want to use the cleaning function when it is a small clog, but having let it sit, you may have a monster clog depending on the brand of ink and how long you let it sit.  If you are our customer you can log in to our website and go to the support section for cleaning instructions.  But generally, you can take the cartridges back out, run the printhead under hot water allowing it to flush the printhead ink wells. Let it run until you do not see anything coming out. Dry it completely, put everything back in and do one deep cleaning and then a nozzle check.  Now if you are using sponged cartridges,  you may have a dried up cartridge to and it will be hard to tell whether or not the problem is in your printhead or your cartridges.  Also, you can get streaks in your prints if your settings are off.  For our brand of ink, you need to have the paper type set to matte and everything else at the default.  Also be sure to set your paper abrasion to the on position in the printer properties. I hope this is helpful to you. Please also feel free to email us directly at sales@icingimages.com

Cyn said:

Icing Images said:

I would definitely recommend a Canon over Epsons. The main reason is that the Canon has a removable printhead so if you do get a nasty clog, you can remove the printhead and clean it rather then throwing the printer away and starting over as you would with an Epson. 

Hi Icing Images,  I have the Canon printer mentioned here, and removed the cartridges when I wasn't using it so they wouldn't go dry (necessary?) but the print head is clogged--is there a better way to clean the head than running the 'clean' feature with the ink in it?  After three runs it's still printing stripes.

I really like this printer and hope there is an easy solution to this problem.

Cyn

Cyn,

Using the cleaning method through the printer properties will not help clean the printhead, it will however waste a lot of your ink.  Removing the cartridges and capping them when not using for an extended period of time is fine, but you must also remove the printhead and clean it and put it in a airtight ziplock as well.  You can clean the printhead by using hot tap water and running it until the water runs clear, but a better method is using the PowerFlush, you can find the video of cleaning on Youtube as well and many other videos, just by searching"PhotoFrost01" 

 



Cyn said:

Icing Images said:

I would definitely recommend a Canon over Epsons. The main reason is that the Canon has a removable printhead so if you do get a nasty clog, you can remove the printhead and clean it rather then throwing the printer away and starting over as you would with an Epson. 

Hi Icing Images,  I have the Canon printer mentioned here, and removed the cartridges when I wasn't using it so they wouldn't go dry (necessary?) but the print head is clogged--is there a better way to clean the head than running the 'clean' feature with the ink in it?  After three runs it's still printing stripes.

I really like this printer and hope there is an easy solution to this problem.

Cyn

Be very careful with gadgets. I have had many customers call with blown out printheads due to the water being forced through  the seals on the bottom of the printhead and damaging them. While the theory is good, we have had too many people contact us after using that with major problems.  Depending on the brand of ink you are using, you may be able to get through the clog fine with out any gadgets at all. Hot water is your first step.  Also, while deep cleaning does use a lot of ink, it is good to use once or twice, but no more so you dont waste your ink.

Thanks for the advice!  I'll remove the head and try to clean it as suggested.

Cyn

Icing Images said:

Be very careful with gadgets. I have had many customers call with blown out printheads due to the water being forced through  the seals on the bottom of the printhead and damaging them. While the theory is good, we have had too many people contact us after using that with major problems.  Depending on the brand of ink you are using, you may be able to get through the clog fine with out any gadgets at all. Hot water is your first step.  Also, while deep cleaning does use a lot of ink, it is good to use once or twice, but no more so you dont waste your ink.

Give us a call if you need any additional help.

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