Bulk Ink Refill InstructionsUpdated June 2, 2005
Lexmark 12A1990 and 18C0031 Photo Cartridgesand others from Compaq, Dell, Lexmark, and Xerox
The ink in this cartridge is retained because the cartridge has an internal sponge.
Step 1) Put the cartridge on some paper towels in an area where you can tolerate a spill.
Step 2) We must remove the top. Two methods:
Step 3) Keeping the cartridge on paper towels, take a syringe bottle and fill it 1/10 to 1/8 full of ink -- about 3-5 ml -- for filling each chamber.
Blot off immediately any hanging drops of ink that come out of the printhead. Otherwise, this ink may migrate back up into a more empty chamber and cause cross-color contamination.
Step 4) Insert the needle fully into the appropriate hole. Inject the ink very S-L-O-W-L-Y and watch until the sponge is saturated. (Some colors will not be empty, so don't expect the sponge to absorb the entire amount.
Step 5) Repeat steps 3 and 4 for the other two colors with different syringes.
Step 6) Put the top back on and tape down in place.
Step 7) Set above a paper towel for an hour as a drip precaution. Expect a few drips. It is important that the paper towel not touch the cartridge during this step, since the towel will draw out the ink.
Step 8) For best results, let sit overnight before using.
To Clean the Printhead
To Clean Your SinkThe ink is water-soluble. Use plenty of soap and warm water. You may also need to use Comet or a similar cleaner if the stains persist.
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