How to tell if Old Carbon #3 is Gloss compatible


I have an old 8oz. bottle of K7 shade 3 Carbon Tone ink , labeled PZK7-SEP-8oz-3, is this ok for gloss printing. I don’t remember when I received this bottle and I know Carbon #3 wasn’t always gloss compatible. There is also a batch #1000503/120130 label on the bottle if that helps determine this ink’s age. Not that worried about pigment settling out,but I’m worried about messing up glossy printing on type 5. Can you advise?


This bottle is probably very early Carbon labeled ink that used to be called Sepia. Would that likely be gloss compatible if used in a current K7 gloss compatible inkset?

Hi Mark~

Carbon and Neutral inks were reformulated to be glossy compatible sometime in 2010. Based on the lot # of this Sepia (now called Carbon) bottle, the expiration date is 1/30/2012, which means it was manufactured in the beginning of 2010, so I recommend getting a fresh bottle to print gloss.

Please let me know if there’s anything else I can help you with.
Best regards and happy printing~ Dana :slight_smile:

thanks Dana,

You are very welcome- I’m here to help! :slight_smile: