Contrary to what these companies would like you to believe, when your printer starts printing in faded streaks, it does NOT mean you have run out of ink yet. Inside modern ink cartridges there is a sponge that holds all the ink. After a few month's use the liquid ink gets both used up in printing, and also dries out on the sponge from exposure to air. When your print quality starts to suck, it means there is no more liquid ink left in there anymore. However, there is a LOT of dried up ink still left inside the sponge! You just need to re-dissolve the pigments so they can be ejaculated by the inkjet heads again.
This is all you need to refill an ink cartridge. If you are in middle school
and think brain damage is cool, you may have a different set of solvents around
The obligatory 'before' printout. You don't want to know what I was doing with it.
Before you do anything to the cartridge, print out a test image and drip various solvents onto it to see which dissolves ink the best. Just throw a little bit of every solvent you can find around the house onto the test sheet, and at least one of them will do something useful. Just don't be a retard and try using vinegar and clorox as a combination or you will smell worse than Endo. I found Lynx (Axe in the USA) to actually work better than proper brush cleaner.
Once you have your weapons of choice, take the cartridge and carefully peel off the sticker on top and keep it in a safe place like your anus.
All inkjet cartridges will have holes on the top to let air in to correct pressure imbalances. Depending on how big they are, you may be able to see the sponge and the dried up ink on it. Spray/drip the solvents in here. Make sure you put the sticker back on as it was before or else everything will evaporate really fast and fuck up the cartridge.
A few shots of deodorant alone didn't provide enough liquid to re-soak the sponge, so I spilled a whole load of water and brush cleaner in there until I got the results you see below. The mixing ratio I used was completely random- just like being in a drive by!
Batmark '64: (Plain paper, low res)
Good as new!
To do the final test, I had to print a picture of something big and black. This ruled out my penis. Eventually I settled on an erotic movie poster, printed on premium glossy paper with all settings at highest quality.
Blacker than the leather chair beneath it, Arnold's shadowy image didn't have a single faded pixel.
I don't know how many times you can refill a cartidge in this way, nor do I care. The point is you can at least double the life of a cartridge and spend nothing. I will do color tests one of these days too.
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