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email@example.com wrote: > > > > To get to the right Light Magenta point, try 1 part ink to 6 parts > distilled > > > water. But would not recommend this! > > > > But I'm still very curious, and I value your advice, so please elaborate > > why you would not recommend this. > > All ink mixture are to a degree "black magic". To make them work for all > printers in all situations requires very complex considerations. Piezo > printers appear to be more forgiving in ink formulation, but the one thing > they all inkjet formulations have in common is the use of an agent to keep > the nozzles from clogging during periods of non-use. If you plan on using > your printer day & night, seven days a week, I guess the use of water would > be okay. > > At the dilutions I'm referring to (1 part ink-6 parts water), the basic ink > chemistry is totally upset. If you can get clear ink base to use as a > diluent, it would be a different story. > > But remember, you can't just use "any" ink base, if you want to keep the > characteristics (archival??) of the base ink you are using. Additionally, at > those high dilution rates, your dye is more susceptible to fade, and will > show fading much quicker. This is the prime reason that the 6-color sets > have that much shorter lives. ===================================================================== Actually, I wasn't looking for archival. I've run out of 6-color inks and happened to have on hand this bulk 4-color inkset I wanted to use. John, Thanks for illuminating. Though I got more info than I bargained for, for a curious person like me it's very welcome and much appreciated! Given inherent archivability problems and higher costs, IMHO, it's becoming apparent (to me, anyway) that CcMmYK printers are going down a cul-de-sac. "Not so fast," somebody's going to say. No prob. I will type very, v e r y s l o w l y . . . :-) In any case, for my next serious color desktop printer I'll look for A2 capable, individual tank CMYK, 1440 dpi, inkdot size not important, 6 color not, spongeless yes, big tank yes, price yes yes yes! Ahhhhh... Then I wouldn't have to apprentice myself to learn the black arts at the feet of alchemists mixing antifreeze into colored water. :-) Thanks again, and cheers! -- Jon Chan ====================================== Y2K? Not a bug... Undocumented Future! ====================================== mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org - Turn off HTML mail features. Keep quoted material short. Use accurate subject lines. http://www.leben.com/lists for list instructions.