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S900 Waste Ink

I found your solution description excellent in all but one aspect. My absorber pads disintegrated within a couple of minutes of immersion in water, even just soaking. On the plus side, I was able to order a new set from Canon Parts for $7.50 plus shipping (depending on speed). I would recommend ordering a set in advance of taking the printer apart.

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  • KevD65 Feb 23, 2009

    I have the same problem but can't find anywhere to purchase replacement pads. Can anyone advise?

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Thank you for your advice!

Fact is, your case is exceptionally. Maybe the pad was old, i mean you did not print a lot with that printer, usually it can be washed without problems with warm water.

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