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Bulk Ink Refill Instructions

Updated July 30, 1999

Many different Lexmark/IBM Printers

also Compaq, Sharp, Olivetti, DEC, NEC, and many other brands.


Special Note

Many other cartridges, including those from DEC, Olivetti, Okidata, and others use cartridges with a similar design to the Lexmark/IBM cartridges. Do Not use these instructions for HP 51626A or 51629A cartridges.


There are two basic cartridge designs:

The ink in these cartridges is retained because the cartridges have internal sponges. These cartridges are similar in construction, except that some have a single black or uni-color chamber, whereas the other tri-color cartridges have three chambers for cyan, magenta, and yellow.

Step 1) Put the cartridge on some paper towels in an area where you can tolerate a spill.

Step 2) We must remove the plastic top from all tri-color (red) cartridges. You may use either of two methods:

  1. Gently clamp the cartridge bottom in a vise or similar device. Grab the top with a large wrench or set of pliers and crack off the top. This will likely break some plastic, but this is generally cosmetic damage.
  2. Lay the cartridge on a solid surface and put the edge of a sharp knife at the intersection of the different colors of plastic. Hit it sharply with a hammer. Then pull off the top. You will see three different fill holes.

Step 3)

Step 4)

Step 5) 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. You must insert the needle deep into the cartridge to avoid trapping air under the ink. The end of the needle should be near the bottom of the cartridge. (Some colors will not be empty, so don't expect the sponge to absorb the entire amount.

On the color cartridges, if you notice a drop of ink hanging under the cartridge as you fill, blot the drop away immediately. Otherwise, it may migrate up into a different, less filled chamber and cause cross-color contamination. Step 6) Repeat steps 4, 5 and 6 for the other two colors with different syringes.

Step 7) Remove the tape on the holes of the tri-color cartridge.

Step 8) Put the tri-color's red top back on and tape down in place.

Step 9) Set above a paper towel for an hour as a drip precaution. Expect a few drips. It is important at this step to keep the cartrige from touching the towel, since the towel will draw out the ink.

To Clean the Printhead

  1. Only clean the printhead if you get poor print quality or no print.
  2. Be sure that you don't have an air bubble problem.
  3. Follow the directions in the printer manual to run the cleaning routine.
  4. If this doesn't work, take the cartridge to the nearest hot water faucet.
  5. If this doesn't work, soak only the printhead in simmering water for up to 2 hours. You may add up to 50 percent ammonia for really tough clogs.

To Clean Your Sink

The 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.

To Clean Your Hands

On hands, the best substance to use is Ink Be GoneTM, a specially developed hand cleaner available from ACSI Bulk Inks. (To place an order, Click Here.)

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