I’m having a beast of a time getting my setup running consistently. I have this cyan staining that keeps coming back to haunt me like a bad horror movie villain. Anytime my printer sits for a while it seems some new pocket of cyan ink will materialize to ruin my day.
This evening I printed some test charts hoping to illustrate what’s going on and ask if there’s anything else I can try to get myself straightened out?
Last Sunday I went through a thorough cleaning since I haven’t done that since installing Piezography inks. I broke out the piezo flush and cleaned the capping station and the print head following instructions on the net, then did a power clean, and printed a handful of images on Ilford Gold Fibre Silk. Followed those with a GO pass, and the images looked really nice.
This evening I turned the printer back on and generated a QTR test pattern. The cyan channel is clearly out to destroy me.
I then ran THREE 8.5x11 cyan purge pages in QTR before the page looked reasonably dark. The cyan channel looks much better in this test pattern, but still seems “cold” making me think that there’s still cyan lurking there.
I printed a couple of images on matte paper with poor shadow results and then followed with a gradient chart and here’s the result of that:
To my eye, everything in the 80 to 95 range looks similar and the dark black comes roaring in above 95. I imagine that’s the result of some persistent cyan staining not letting Shade2 get as dark as it can? I feel like there’s still some yellow sticking around too, or maybe that’s just the warm toned inks, but it keeps getting less noticeable.
This is how it goes every time I turn my printer off, and after everything I tried this evening I still can’t make a nice print. Wondering where I should go next?