I've had this printer for 8 months and it just recently started having issues with ink appearing on the back of a printed sheet of paper. The ink is showing up in varying degrees of heaviness. It is fresh ink.. As if the ink cartridge is spilling it out. It is not streaky, as if the interior is dirty. It appears to be a line made from a series of spots all in a row (on the same part of the page each time). Sometimes it will be a very heavy spot that will take a lot of time to dry. This only just began recently and isn't happening everytime I print. I've tried taking out the ink and putting a new cartridge in but that only stops the splotching temporarily... Any input or ideas would really help me. Thanks!
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If its a canon, try this. OK, Canon will hate me for posting this. 1. Remove ink cartridges 2. Remove print head 3. go to sink or tub (stainless steel, not plastic type), pick up a roll of paper towel on the way. 4. Fold several layers of paper towel and place on flat surface. 5. Run hot water until HOT! 6. Turn hot water back to a dribble. 7. Run the dribbling hot water through print head, be careful not to wet the gold contacts. 8.When water running through print head is clear, place print head on paper towel. 9. Repeat number 7 and 8 until no colour shows on paper towel. 10. Gently DAB print head (DO NOT WIPE) inside and out with dry paper towel until dry. 11. I normally replace print head after drying, but you may wish to let it air dry overnight. 12. Replace print head in printer and install cartridges 13. Start printing. I do this to all 4 of my Canon printers every 6 months or so. If any colour fails to print after this process it means your print head probably needs replacing.
It sounds like the nozzles may be blocked, if it has been left for 10 months will no ink - It will have dried up.
It is probably worth you running a head cleaning procedure which can be done using the Epson software.
Please let us know if this helps.