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Ink is completely out. have I ruined my printer?

Before I purchase new ink cartridges, I want to know if the printer head is ruined and whether I should just get a new printer.  I want to be able to install pigmented ink and am not even sure if this type ink is available for this printer.  any suggestions?

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  • jamazam Jan 11, 2009

    Apparently the cartridges that are available do have pigmented ink in them verses dye type ink.  I was getting warned that my ink was low, then no warning and then no print.  I just assume I'm out of ink.  I want to print on fabric sheets and want ink to be as permanent as possible to last through washing.  I understand that pigmented is best and most waterproof.

  • jamazam Jan 12, 2009

    I thought ironing the printed project once on the cloth, would "heat set" it for more permanence but my tests have proven to have no added effect in that regard.  I am so confused because some of the ink cartridge descriptions I have found (even Canon's) have conflicting information.  In both the pg-50 and plain 50 cartridges,one states that it contains pigmented ink and another description at another web site states that it contains dye based ink.  Maybe they contain dye based, pigmented ink?  Thanks for everyone's feedback!

  • Thomas F. Schneider May 11, 2010

    Maybe your answers can be found here. Why do you thnk you are completely out of ink. It is not possible to run completely out. The printer stops working before that happens?   Pigmented ink is the only kind I know of that exists?

    http://www.usa.canon.com/consumer/contro...


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The printer is still good just put a new ink cartridge in. As for the pigmented ink I do not think they make for the printer.

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Just running out of ink won't ruin the heads so you're okay there. As for using pigmented ink, I wasn't able to find anything that says yea or nay so can't provide a definitive answer. Maybe someone else knows for sure but I won't buffalo you. I'm curious to find out though.

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    Bill Speer Jan 12, 2009

    Sounds like you know what you're doing. Just for my clarification, would running a low heat iron over your print job when it's dry help seal it to the fabric?

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