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R1800 head streaks

Whenever I try to print large (8.5x11 or larger) prints on Glossy paper I get head streak...almost like the print heads are hitting the paper leaving marks behind. This is usually only visible on glossy paper, but you can see it happening on luster if you look close. I have checked the thick paper setting and it helps a little, but you can still seem them. I have tried every setting (photo, best photo, photo rpm and highspeed off), same result. Any idea what causes this?

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  • Anonymous Dec 09, 2008

    How exactly are you cleaning the heads with Q-tips and Windex? Got a link or anything that shows how to do this? I have put paper towels lightly soaked in windex on the track and cleaned that way...

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I have been plagued by the same problem - the nozzles don't appear clogged - yet on heavier media there is a definite abrasive sound - and its leaving horizontal bands. After many cleanings with no luck I tried cleaning the heads with a bunch of Q-Tips lightly coated in Windex. After removing a ton of black deposits - it didn't immediately fix the problem; frustrated I turned the printer off. The next morning when the clean-heads-on-power-up kicked in - I noticed a large amount of ink collected in the vacuum sponge. It seams the bit of reside left over from the cleaning may have finally dissolved what I can only guess was a large ink deposit that had hardened and was striking the media when heavier stock was loaded. At any rate - no more abrasive sounds - and more importantly no more horizontal banding.

To clean I disconnected the power when the head was traveling. Then the head was free to move as I gently tried using the Q-Tips to clean the heads.

Hope this helps.

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