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Ink on edges and sides of glossy prints

How can I get into the sides of the MFC 5460CN to clean the waste ink out of the works. It gets on photos edges and cards. I ruined 3 glossys to get one card printed.

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What I ended up doing is wrapping a piece of old sheet aroung my finger and put it into the far left side of the part, that is mentioned in the cleaning directions in my book,. under "cleaning the machine printer platen." After turning the machine off first, I got gobs of the waste ink (several times) doing it that way. Then I took the ink damaged glossy photo paper, and ran that through the printer with just a small image for printing. It seemed to not pick up any more ink on the edges. I hope this helps someone else.

Posted on Nov 13, 2008

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