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Refill Instructions
Epson SO20097 Cartridge

Updated May 13, 1999

Epson Color Stylus 200/500 Printers


The ink in this cartridge is retained because the cartridge has an internal sponge. The rear of the cartridge has a large ink reservoir for each color. We want to soak the sponge, then fill the reservoir.

For best results, never leave your Epson printer without an installed cartridge -- even an empty one -- for more than an hour or so, because the ink -- the original or our refill ink -- will begin to gel to the consistency of honey, which will require multiple cleaning routines to clear.


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

Step 2) In each of the three color sections, Locate the two holes on top. They may be under the label or taped.

Open the two holes with the syringe bottle needle or a small drill bit.

Tape over the color sections you are not currently filling to prevent ink contamination.

Step 3) Look at the reservoir section. Drill a 1/16th inch (1.5mm) hole into each reservoir section which you plan to refill. Don't worry about shavings -- the internal foam will filter them out. Tape over two of the holes to avoid accidental ink contamination.

Step 4) Insert an empty needle to get a drop of ink from the chamber to determine which color is in which chamber.

Step 5) Fill the syringe bottle with ink and insert fully through the exit hole for the ink (the one on the bottom). S-L-O-W-L-Y inject the ink into the bottom of the sponge until it is saturated.

Be sure to use a different bottle for each color ink!

Step 6) Next, take the needle and inject the ink through one of the vent holes. Angle the needle toward the lower front and inject the ink very S-L-O-W-L-Y. Too fast and you will "vapor lock" the foam because air bubbles will form. Stop when the foam is saturated.

Step 7) Now, fill up the reservoir through the hole which you drilled. When the ink comes out the top -- the cartridge is full. Fill the next color.

Step 8) This chamber must be resealed air tight. We suggest hot glue, hot wax, or silone rubber. You may be able to seal with good quality electrical tape. Be sure that the seal is flush with the top of the cartridge. NOTE: This seal is critical to get sealed or you will have a mess in a few minutes!

Step 12) Leave the top sponge-chamber holes open to print, but you may wish to seal them with tape during transport or extended storage.

Step 13) Set on a paper towel for an hour as a drip precaution. Expect some dripping during this time.

Step 14) For best results, let sit overnight before using. This will allow the ink to fully saturate the sponge chambers.

If further questions, check our Frequently Encountered Problems page at:

If the Printhead appears clogged

The most likely problem is that you have an air bubble in the exit tube of your cartridge. Remember that the absence of ink is the same as an air bubble. You can confirm that this is the problem if the printhead cleaning routine actually makes the problem worse.

What is happening is that a small air bubble expands under the vacuum of printing to form a large air bubble, which blocks the flow of ink to the printhead. This problem usually occurs after printing 1 or 2 good pages.

To clear the problem, you may wish to let the printer sit without printing for several minutes, while tapping on the top of the cartridge. This may get the air bubble to move to the top of the cartridge. It may not.

Another idea is to remove the cartridge and try again. Also, try putting a single drop of ink directly into the point where the cartridge is plugged into. But be very careful not to spill the 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 Ink Be GoneTM, a specially developed hand cleaner available from ACSI Bulk Inks. (To place an order, Click Here.)

To Place An Ink Order

You can telephone us at 1-888-728-2465 (USA Tollfree) or 1+740-374-9949. You can also Order Online or by other ways including by Fax, or by Postal Mail, or by EMAIL.

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