Despite my best efforts to remedy the issue, I am continuously getting head strikes with the Type 5 paper in my Epson p800.
Various attempts to remedy the issue:
- Set paper thickness to max - 15
- Set paper thickness to min - 1
- Set paper platen gap to widest
- Give a longer drying time
- Set paper platen gap to widest and paper thickness to max - 15
- Curve the paper horizontally before feeding printer (with widest platen gap, thickest paper, longer drying time)
- Curve the paper vertically before feeding the printer (with widest platen gap, thickest paper, longer drying time)
- Feed paper into printer using manual feed (with widest platen gap, thickest paper, longer drying time)
Widening the platen gap, increasing the paper thickness and curving the paper helped, but not nearly enough.
To me, it appears the paper is getting slightly warped in the printer either when ink is applied or when it is fed into the printer.
After printing is done, you can see what appears to be very small mounds and valleys in the paper.
It appears the head strikes are only occurring on the output side of the printer (opposite the feed side) just after the ink is applied.
I happen to have Type 2 paper and I have not had any problems with it and the P800.