Paul Roark's carbon inks on an Epson ET-8550?

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Re: Drivers, fade-resistance

NAwlins Contrarian wrote:

has anyone tested Paul Roark's carbon inks on an Epson EcoTank ET-8550?
Where to buy in Europe (not from the UK)?

A European alternative similar to Paul's method:

Does anyone use these inks, on the Epson EcoTank ET-8550 or another printer?

AFAIK, the only practical way to use a B&W inkset in a color printer is to use a RIP instead of the regular printer driver. AFAIK the only not-very-expense option for that is QuadToneRIP. But QTR does not support the ET-8550; see:

But that makes me wonder about what you linked to. Look into how it works, and how much special software / procedures are required. They seem to say none, but I'm skeptical of how satisfactory that would be. But maybe somebody can educate me.

No software needed. It seems to be a simple procedure. Fill the tanks with ink and that's all.

The page you linked to seems to indicate that. I wonder how / how well it works. Does it also seem to require you to start with a totally unused / never-filled ET-8550 / ET-8500?

It would be nice to see how long the inks last in the tanks compared to Epson inks for this ET-8550....

The longevity of carbon prints appears to be very good, according to Paul Roark. And neutral prints without color cast are expected, both in the neutral and warm versions of these inks.

I'd love to hear the opinion of Mark McCormick of Aardenburg. In terms of fade resistance in light exposure, I suspect long compared to Epson Claria dye inks, but maybe not so long compared to higher-tech HP, Epson, and Canon pigment photo inks. Aardenburg tested the I think generally similar Cone Piezography Neutral K6 inkset on Hahnemühle Photo Rag (test # 124), and the results were good (37 megalux-hours), but arguably (paper matters, and direct comparisons can be difficult) not as good at the best HP, Epson, and Canon pigment photo inks.

It is advisable to have the used colored ink tanks clean beforehand. The ideal is never to have used them, but well clean the tanks are good for both types of inks.

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