5 methods solve your dtg printer color missing problems
By Ant-Print 8 minute Read * Color missing
Dtg printer (direct to garment printer) is a kind of t-shirt inkjet printing machine that means it has hundred nozzles for inkjet. Textile ink use for printing on t-shirt by the dtg printer, as it can print with better quality than most t-shirt printing machine, so textile ink did a great partner for the dtg printer.
Unfortunately, as the textile ink including the CMYKW 5 color, CMYK textile color ink is a kind of pigment ink, they are not easy to block the head. But different is the textile white ink that is made of thousand titanium gold powder granule (a kind of solid), so it is very easy to block the dtg print head.
Most dtg printer manufacture try to use the white ink circulation system try to protect the print head been blocked from the white ink, but mostly it’s function is not very significant.
What should we do if our printer missing color?
Here are 5 methods that can help you solve your printer problems.
- Head cleaning automatically;
- Do the ink suction from waste ink pipe / Ink pump;
- Do the ink suction from damper;
- Cleaning head manually by the cleaning liquid;
- Change another new print head;
Nozzle check firstly
Before any methods, you should do the nozzle checking everyday before start your t-shirt printing jobs.
There are two methods to test the nozzle:
- The first one method is do the nozzle check in the Epson driver.
Please check the below Epson 1390 print head nozzle. Printing preferences > Maintenance >nozzle check
- We also can use the special RIP software to do the nozzle test dtg printer nozzle:
If the nozzles are good, these lines will be full and colors are correct.
If the nozzles are blocked or broken, these lines will be discontinuous and color is mixed.
Here copy one picture for your reference as below,
If the nozzle check is not good, you can do there steps as below,
Method No.1 Do the head cleaning for your dtg printer.
- Operation in the Epson Driver
You can do the head cleaning in your Epson driver (Printing preferences > Maintenance >head cleaning)
- Operation in the AcroRIP software
RIP software(File > Head cleaing).
Then you can check nozzle again.
Method No.2 Do the ink suction or ink pump
If the nozzle still not good after you do the head cleaning automatically, then you need do the below operation.
- Do the ink suction from the waste ink pipe manually.
The operation will help you transmit the ink from the bottles via ink pipe and ink damper than through the nozzles, finally arrive the waste ink bottle.
In China, some good dtg printer already no need do the ink suction anymore, because they has the full automatic version dtg printer. For example, Ant-Print dtg printer AP-A3X that is a kind of full automatic version dtg printer that can do the ink pump automatically. When people get their new machine, they can do the ink pump automatically and every easy to install.
After you did the ink suction from the waste ink pipe, you also need do the head cleaning again, and then check the nozzle.
Method No.3 Do the ink suction from the ink damper.
- Dampers are blocked
Sometimes the color is missing, it is not only because of the printer head nozzles, but the dampers.
If your printer did not work for a long time (for example, two weeks), these textile white ink solid will stay together ink the damper position where will stop the ink pass the nozzles.
So, what you should do is do the ink suction from the damper manually.
- Change another new damper
If the damper is blocked seriously, you need change another new one directly. Normally speaking, the supplier (for example Ant-Print) will sent you two extra dampers as your spare parts. How to do the ink suction from the damper? You can learn from this below videos:
After you did the suction from damper, you need do the ink suction from waste ink pipe, do the head cleaning again, and then check the nozzle.
Method No.4 Clean the print head by the cleaning liquid manually
If you already done all above steps and the nozzle still not good.
Then there only one possible reason: the print nozzles are blocked seriously. So, what should you do now? — cleaning print head by the cleaning liquid manually (Kindly know must use the textile cleaning liquid ).
How to clean the print head manually? Here we recommend you learn from this video as below,
Method No.5 Change another new printer head
Maybe you already done the head cleaning manually and it still not working.
If like that, it is time that you need change another new one printer head. You can try to find the printer head in your local or get help from your dtg printer supplier. How to change the print head? Here you can learn from this video:
Feel free to sent inquiry to us if you have any questions for the dtg printer.