Ribbon Re-inking, Re: OT: replacment tray for HP DJ1200C printer

From: Russ Blakeman <rhblake_at_bigfoot.com>
Date: Sat Jun 23 11:08:04 2001

Keep the ribbons in a cool, somewhat damper than normal area and they won't
dry as fast. I used to keep the ones for my 5224 in a refrigerator and they
lasted as much as 18 months without any drying.

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-classiccmp_at_classiccmp.org
[mailto:owner-classiccmp_at_classiccmp.org]On Behalf Of Terry Collins
Sent: Saturday, June 23, 2001 3:32 AM
To: classiccmp_at_classiccmp.org
Subject: Ribbon Re-inking, Re: OT: replacment tray for HP DJ1200C

Mike Ford wrote:
> >> Now is the time to buy cartridges too, as MANY big dealers are dumping
> >> them, and when its gone its gone (at decent prices anyway).
> >
> >Not a very successful strategy; the ink cartridges for the HP1200C,
> >HP650c Plotter, HP750c/755CM+, and the black cartridges for the
> >HP DeskJet 870 & 895 have a limited shelf life.
> Limited shelf life and refilling is a very bad idea. This message brought
> you by HP.

My own 2c is on Nylon ribbons for Dot Matrix - even sealed in plastic,
these do have a shelf life as the ink dries up. I purchased about 20 all
up for my NEC P5200 and basically used them in lots of five. I.E. Use a
ribbon until faint, swap to next ribbon, use to faint, etc, then re-ink
a lot.

Reinking was a really messy business requiring holding the bits, much
metho, etc. I kept on with the use - reink cycle until either ribbon
wore through or the internal feed mechanism wore out.

By the time I had used up the first 10, the second 10 had all dried out
(about 10 years (?).

However, the old WD40 trick recovers them for a first use, then I
re-ink. Still doing it, but the printer needs a major service, so I tend
to just do text printing off the HP laser now as the need for
multi-layer forms has passed and it is such a messy business to re-ink.

Having helped a lot of people re-ink ribbons (PC printer only) over the
years, you get to learn alot about ribbons. The best were the printers
that ran a moebius strip and printed in the top or bottom half. The
worse was a little brother that had about 6" of ribbon which brushed a
sponge tank inside to re-ink the ribbon.

My experience of refilling inkjet cartridges was that it sometime works
and sometimes doesn't. There seems to be a vapour lock problem, plus it
takes an enormous amount of cleaning and testing to clean out blocked
heads. $ wise, it was just as easy to shop around and buy generic

If you are buying for the long term, get a printer with separate refills
for each of the four colours. Then vapour lock on one doesn't render the
other colours lost.

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