Canon MG6650 - difficulty printing on cardstock/photo paper

Started 4 months ago | Discussions thread
NAwlins Contrarian Veteran Member • Posts: 5,613
Nozzle check? Regular photo paper? Also ...

I have a Canon MG6650 printer which is used occassionally for printing text and very occassionally for printing photos.

I have recently been printing coloured images, photos and invites on cardstock between 160gsm & 300gsm - unfortunately the colour is printing extremely poorly (I have also tested this on normal paper and am finding the same issues).

When I say the colours are printing poorly I mean there are streaks and some colours do not appear to print at all.

For almost any printing problem, the first thing to do is to perform a nozzle check on plain paper (photocopier paper or similar). Are all the colors showing properly where they are supposed to show? If not, then that is the first and main problem. Maybe you have a clogged head, or air in the system, or a bad ink cartridge, or something else. But unless you can get a complete and correct nozzle check, work on that first.

The printer is using compatible ink from stinkyink currently. The cartridges are half full.

There seem to be many more problems with third party cartridges and/or ink than with genuine Canon or Epson ink. However, we don't know whether the third-party ink is the problem here.

I am not sure whether this printer is suitable for printing on 300gsm card - although the manual says it is able to do this for photopaper, obviously canons own brand paper only!

Does the MG6650 have a second, straighter paper feed path for thicker photo papers? Some of these Canons do but some do not. If there is a a second, straighter paper feed path, then use it!

The problem is not really (or at least not mainly) the weight of the paper (300 gsm), but the paper's stiffness. Thicker papers tend to be stiffer than thinner papers. Heavier papers tend to be stiffer than lighter papers. Alpha cellulose papers tend to be stiffer than "resin coated" papers and 100% cotton papers.

Before I go and purchase OEM ink are there any simple things I can consider?

In addition to what I suggested above, you can also try printing on a relatively thin, flexible resin-coated paper, such as regular Canon glossy.

Also, a dye-ink printer like the MG6650 will not print well on some cardstocks.

 NAwlins Contrarian's gear list:NAwlins Contrarian's gear list
Nikon Coolpix S30 Canon PowerShot S120 Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 Tamron SP AF 90mm F/2.8 Di Macro Tamron SP 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di USD +5 more
Keyboard shortcuts:
FForum PPrevious NNext WNext unread UUpvote SSubscribe RReply QQuote BBookmark MMy threads
Color scheme? Blue / Yellow