Hi Dana, thanks for the quick reply.
I’ll address/answer your questions the best that I can in the order asked:
I can’t answer your first question exactly, because, the first thing I did is run 2 or 3 “plain paper” 8 color test charts to purge the lines. They looked fine, but they were just what I meant them to be, so I didn’t examine them closely.
Yes, after the purge above, I ran one regular, not power, cleaning cycle.
No, I was so sure it would be perfect, I did not do a nozzle check, instead ran a letter size test print on Epson Prem Gossy.
Yes, I did shake the LC ink bottle, not aggressively, but just like you did in your video.
Ok, and yes, I do understand that it takes some time to get the ink to the print head, but after 1 “regular” cleaning cycle, I ran the next print with the Epson paper, which exposed the problem. I somewhat expected that there may be some additional print flow needed to change from the Epson ink to the new ink. Then, rather to do more cleaning cycles, which uses ink for all the other colors, I had plenty of extra Epson paper around, so I ran about another 10 or so high resolution prints out, and they all came out bad, and stuck together as per my original post. I have 4 of the same beautiful Colorado snow photos and I have not separated them at this point. I’m sure they will separate, but it’s like they have a light layer of glue between each photo. I pried the top photo about half way off and there is ink, about 15% coverage, on the back side of the prior photo.
And even now after 3 days, I can easily make a fingerprint on any of the photos, (the ink still transfers to my fingertip from the photo paper) so, it’s still not as dry as I would expect it to be within seconds of exiting from the printer.
I, like you, but with nowhere your expertise, have never heard of this sort of occurrence. It may just be some sort of aberration, but I couldn't see any point in continuing with blurry wet prints.
Now, here’s the hard answer to one of your questions. After I saw the negative results, did I do a nozzle check then? I think the answer is yes, and it came out find, on copy paper of course. But, being a little frustrated at the time, I can’t honestly remember if I did the nozzle check before or after I put the original Epson LC cart back in. I’m pretty sure I did it before, but then I was just trying to get back to a useable printer, so I don’t remember for sure. I know the more accurate information I give you, the more you can help, but, that’s what I think I did.
One thing I can say for certain, the 3880 printed very nicely before the LC change, and again after the re-install of the original Epson LC cart. I’ve run several photos I needed to get out this afternoon, and they’re perfect.
So anyway, I’m very comfortable that you guys will help me get this resolved and I very much appreciate your time and effort. But, like you said in your first sentence, I, as well, have never heard of anything like this before in my 4 or 5 years of refilling. It’s probably some quirk thing, and with your help, I’m sure we’ll figure it out.
Again, thx for your time.