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Roller Marks & Random Ink Drops That Ruin Prints

AskBC Podcast, Printmaking

How to prevent roller mark smudges and ink drops on prints.

We get a ton of questions from listeners who find their prints speckled with ink drops or smudged by roller marks, so we invited long-time Epson technician Ron Ardito onto the show to identify what’s causing these frustrating imperfections.

  • Roller tracks – an incompatibility problem
  • Using slightly curled paper can ruin a print
  • Separating the PK and MK black channels on Epson machines
  • D17E error – a common network problem
  • Epson 3800 vs. 3880 – same ink cartridges?
  • The 4000 error
  • Much more!

Listen in to learn about roller marks and random ink drops on prints


Show Notes

  • For more on Ron Ardito, check out his website.
  • Listeners featured in this episode include Ricky, Stephanie, Renee, George, Donald, and Louis.
  • For our archive of Ron Ardito’s appearances on #AskBC, use our new text-in feature! Send the word “ARDITO” to 33444.​
  • Love the show? Have some feedback for us? Leave us a review on iTunes.

Audio Transcription

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