Updated May 14, 1999
Epson SO20047 Cartridge
Epson Stylus Color II Printers
The front 2/3rds of these cartridges is filled with foam to retain the
ink which is contained in an ink reservoir in the rear third of the
cartridge. There are air passages in the top of the cartridge which lead
to the foam area -- these must be open when printing, but closed during
Step 1) Put the cartridge on some paper towels in an area where you
can tolerate a spill. Turn the cartridge on its side with the top facing
you and the ink reservoir now on the bottom. The printhead is now at the
Step 2) Bend the last 1/4 inch of the end of the syringe needle to a
45 degree angle. Fill the syringe bottle 1/4 full of ink -- roughly 15 ml.
Step 3) You should see two vent holes on the lower half of the
cartridge. They are probably under the label. Locate the second vent hole
from the bottom. Insert the needle here.
Step 4) Angle the needle toward the back wall where the reservoir and the
foam area intersect. Rotate the needle so that the needle is bent downward.
There is an small channel here that you are trying to reach. If the needle
cannot reach it, be sure to get under the foam.
Step 5) Very S-L-O-W-L-Y inject the ink so that it flows into the ink tank.
Step 6) On most of these cartridges you can see the reservoir fill.
Step 7) Tape over all vent holes and air channels with electrical tape to
prevent leaking during storage and transportation. Remove the tape just
before you print.
Step 8) Set on a paper towel for an hour as a drip precaution. Expect a few
drips -- they are necessary to allow the printhead to get ink.
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
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