How to Convert to an EPSON or CANON Printer to Use Black Screenprinting Ink

1. Introduction

It is recommended to use a dedicated dye black screenprinting ink in all the channels of your printer for improved quality of film positives and negatives for screenprinting. In order to use black ink in all the channels of your Epson printer, a special software like AccuRIP will be needed.

When switching to a black screenprinting ink system, it is usually necessary to purge the old ink from your printer. This guide will explain in which cases purging is required, as well as how to purge old ink from the printer.

Please refer to the appropriate section for your particular printer model (wide format printers, desktop printers, EcoTank printers).

2. Converting a Wide Format Epson Printer

Example models: Stylus Photo R3000, Stylus Pro 3800, 3880, 4000, 4800, 4880, 4900, 7600, 7700, 7800, 7880, 7890, 7900, 9600, 9700, 9800, 9880, 9890, 9900, SureColor P600, P5000, T3000, T3200, T3270, T5000, T5200, T5270, T7000, T7200, T7270

If your Epson printer is brand-new, and has never been used with ink inside or if your Epson printer is already using a dye-based black screenprinting ink, purging is not required.

But, if you are currently using any other ink, including original Epson ink, purging the old ink is required:


3. Converting a Desktop Epson or Canon Printer

Example models: Pixma PRO-100, iX6820, Artisan 50, 1430, Stylus Photo 1390, 1400, 1410, 1500W, R1800, R1900, R2000, R2400, R280, R285, R290, SureColor P400, WorkForce 1100

If your printer is already using a dye-based black screenprinting ink, cleaning is not required.

But, if you are currently using another ink, including original Epson or Canon ink, flushing the old ink is required:

4. Converting an Epson EcoTank printer

Example models: EcoTank ET-2500, ET-2550, L1300, L1800, L355, SureColor T3170x

If your Epson printer is brand-new or if it is already using a dye-based black screenprinting ink, you can simply put our black screenprinting ink right in the printer's tanks. However, if you are currently using another ink, including original Epson ink, it will not be possible to convert the printer.