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post #1 of 52
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Hi!
This question is for those of you who have a printer for edible images.

I have the Cannon I900 printer. What is very frustrating for me is this. When i don't use it for a month or two, the ink inside the cartridges gels up, making it difficult to run a decent print.
I usually have to spend hours clearing out the clogs, and washing the print head. After that, sometimes it works, and other times some of the colors don't show up at all. I end up using tons of ink trying to fix this problem.

I don't want to give up because i really like the ease of using frosting sheets for my cookies and it's so versatile.

I'd like to hear what kinds of printers you have and what you do in order to keep the edible ink flowing when not in use.

thanks in advance for any help
post #2 of 52
I have been using frosting sheets for years now and have had a couple of printers. I had those problems as well. What I learned to do was this. After you are thru with your project and don't forsee using the printer for a while, remove the cartridges from the printer, place in ziplock bags and place in refridgerator, this will keep them from gelling up. Also I would wash the print head out right away so that it also wouldn't clog up from residual ink.

Hope this helps
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post #3 of 52
I've had my printers for about four years. I had a cannon First. Needless to say problems,problems all the time clogged heads dry inks etc.

Switched to a epson fill my own cartridges this printer has been there every time. I am on my second one because the kids knocked the first one off the self. Got anotherepson the same love it epson C88+
If I know I won't be using it for a while i just drape a garbage sack over it.
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post #4 of 52
I heard that about epsons, but I have only bought canons and don't have that problem.
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post #5 of 52
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So cartridges in ziplocs in the fridge and clean printhead right away will solve this problem, huh?
post #6 of 52
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What exactly is the diff between the cannon and the epson that the ink gels in one and not the other?
post #7 of 52
I don't know what the difference is. When I purchased the program I bought from KopyKake, the only printers that would work with their program at the time was with canon. Once you get past the gliches you are fine.

I also sell frosting sheets to several different bakers so maybe because I don't leave mine sitting too long between uses.

Lots of people complain about this problem and I know I have had it. This is how I take care of it and it works for me.
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post #8 of 52
I also have an epson and have never had a problem. I too refill my cartridges and leave them in the printer. I go for months at a time without printing an so for no clogs. I've had mine about 4 years.
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post #9 of 52
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Still having a problem trying to get the printer to work properly. Now all the colors are coming out except for magenta. I've done just about everything to try and get it to work but this time around, it's just not doing it.
If i can get it to work, then i'll take your advice about how to store the carts and cleaning the head.
If not, i'm gonna look into buying the epson.
post #10 of 52
I'm sorry your having so much trouble!!
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post #11 of 52
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Thank you. You are very kind.
I'm just relieved that this is happening when i want to print for a personal use as opposed to an order. That would've been a nightmare.
In the past i've tried to contact kopykake and photofrost for help but they couldn't do much. As a matter of fact, one of them (don't remember which one) said that gelling of the ink is very common and they avoid it by using edible ink in all their printers, including ones they print onto regular paper. Interesting huh?
Needless to say, i've almost gone through most of the ink i just splurged on to run through the printer. Tonight is my last shot on this printer.
post #12 of 52
Does anyone know if you can use the same printer that you have used regular ink with edibile ink. What I mean is I have an Epson printer that is compatible with the edible ink. Could I take out the regular cartridges and print with edible ink or would it contiminate the print.
post #13 of 52
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Originally Posted by Barb1959

Does anyone know if you can use the same printer that you have used regular ink with edibile ink. What I mean is I have an Epson printer that is compatible with the edible ink. Could I take out the regular cartridges and print with edible ink or would it contiminate the print.

No you can't. You have to have a new, dedicated printer for edible ink.
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post #14 of 52
Hi luv2bake6 I have the Cannon too and I used to have the same problem with mine until I discovered that if I put the cleaner on the back of the head and after washing the back of the head had solved my problem. My friend she has an Epson and she has the same problem but she can't remove the printer's head
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post #15 of 52
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Hi misabel99.
Would you mind explaining what you do in more detail? I don't quite get it and would appreciate any help i can get!
Thanks so much!
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