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I refilled my black cartridge and it had a leak and got all over, can I open the thing up and clean it up or not? I can build a computer but I know nothing about printers

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What a nightmare, I feel for you. the first thing I would do is try to mop up any ink that hasn't dried yet. After that take the doors off the printer and see where the ink went. If the ink is just in one area nd didn't get into the components or moving parts you might be ok and just let it dry. Once its dry it won''t get ink on anything, so it might not be such a bid deal after all. refilling old cartridges is always a bad idea and never saves money in the long run. I've been there and done that.

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