Questions for Epson 2200 users


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Jeff

I just got my new epson 2200 and have a couple of questions:

I like the rolls of Premium luster, but do the prints ever lose their
curl?

Anyone with any tips on how to get these prints to uncurl? I thought
I might save the empty cardboard roll and reverse-roll them on the
empty and rubber band them for a few days...does this work?

Do you generally hot mount these archival papers to boards or just
sandwich them for matting? It seemd like a large print wouldn't stay
flat without bonding to a back matboard. What mounting, method is
consistent with preserving archival life?

Next Q: I like the effect of matte b&w and sepia prints and have
bought some matte papers. The Epson documentation provides no info on
what to do with the Photoblack cartridge when you swap it out and use
the matte black one. At $10/each they are hardly disposable. How does
one store them and reuse them??

Final Q- I had a picture from which I bled all the color from with the
exception of one area where I had a splash of color (so it was
essentially a B&W, altho in RBG mode). I was printing it on premium
luster (roll), and was dismayed to see several (5-7) black ink
splotches (maybe 2x times the size of a (.) ) in the margin and edge
of the print (there were some on the left and right sides of the
print). It was a large print of 8x11 or so. Has anyone experienced
this?


I suspect that the great demand the large b&W print made on the
photoblack cartridge may have caused the cartridge to get sloppy and
drool. Not exactly what you want to see on the first b&W print out of
a brand new $600 printer. My second theory was that possibly the curl
in the paper from the leading edge hitting the paper tray may have
pushed the paper up, but I think that the myriad of rollers do keep
the paper very flat under the printhead sweep. Help?

Thanks, Jeff
 
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CWatters

Jeff said:
Next Q: I like the effect of matte b&w and sepia prints and have
bought some matte papers. The Epson documentation provides no info on
what to do with the Photoblack cartridge when you swap it out and use
the matte black one. At $10/each they are hardly disposable. How does
one store them and reuse them??

Each time you change swap matt and gloss cart you purge the ink in the pipes
from the previous one. If you change frequently it uses a lot of ink so the
question might be a bit academic. I would put tape over the hole and store
them upright.
 
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Robert Feinman

I just got my new epson 2200 and have a couple of questions:

I like the rolls of Premium luster, but do the prints ever lose their
curl?

Anyone with any tips on how to get these prints to uncurl? I thought
I might save the empty cardboard roll and reverse-roll them on the
empty and rubber band them for a few days...does this work?

Do you generally hot mount these archival papers to boards or just
sandwich them for matting? It seemd like a large print wouldn't stay
flat without bonding to a back matboard. What mounting, method is
consistent with preserving archival life?

Next Q: I like the effect of matte b&w and sepia prints and have
bought some matte papers. The Epson documentation provides no info on
what to do with the Photoblack cartridge when you swap it out and use
the matte black one. At $10/each they are hardly disposable. How does
one store them and reuse them??

Final Q- I had a picture from which I bled all the color from with the
exception of one area where I had a splash of color (so it was
essentially a B&W, altho in RBG mode). I was printing it on premium
luster (roll), and was dismayed to see several (5-7) black ink
splotches (maybe 2x times the size of a (.) ) in the margin and edge
of the print (there were some on the left and right sides of the
print). It was a large print of 8x11 or so. Has anyone experienced
this?


I suspect that the great demand the large b&W print made on the
photoblack cartridge may have caused the cartridge to get sloppy and
drool. Not exactly what you want to see on the first b&W print out of
a brand new $600 printer. My second theory was that possibly the curl
in the paper from the leading edge hitting the paper tray may have
pushed the paper up, but I think that the myriad of rollers do keep
the paper very flat under the printhead sweep. Help?

Thanks, Jeff
I use luster roll all the time. Did your printer come with a plastic
sheet used to straighten the beginning of the roll to make loading
easier?
If it did just use that to hold the print and roll it up printed side
inward. If you didn't get the sheet use several layers of the protective
cover sheet that comes with the paper. Roll up backwards with a 2-3 inch
diameter. If you do this right they will be almost flat immediately.
You may have to do it twice, once from each end.

Dry mounting works fine for permanent display. Let the prints dry for a
day first..
 
J

James Akiyama

I'd be skeptical about using tape over the hole; if any adhesive were to
remain, it could cause serious problems with the ink jet's nozzles. The
2200 cartridges are supposed to be self-sealing when removed from the
printer. I simply store mine in a zip lock plastic bag and it seems to do
fine.

James
 
M

Mr 645

I keep mine sitting on the shelf next to the printer. No problems even if I
dont use the Matte black for 4-6 weeks.

Jon

I'd be skeptical about using tape over the hole; if any adhesive were to
remain, it could cause serious problems with the ink jet's nozzles. The
2200 cartridges are supposed to be self-sealing when removed from the
printer. I simply store mine in a zip lock plastic bag and it seems to do
fine.

http://www.jonlayephotography.com
 
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Jeff

Robert Feinman said:
I use luster roll all the time. Did your printer come with a plastic
sheet used to straighten the beginning of the roll to make loading
easier?
If it did just use that to hold the print and roll it up printed side
inward. If you didn't get the sheet use several layers of the protective
cover sheet that comes with the paper. Roll up backwards with a 2-3 inch
diameter. If you do this right they will be almost flat immediately.
You may have to do it twice, once from each end.

Dry mounting works fine for permanent display. Let the prints dry for a
day first..



Thank you all for your responses. No, I didn't get a plastic sheet
with the printer. Jeff
Jeff
 

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