bad alignment? - black "bleeding" red + blue

Alright, I've seen this question asked a few times on this site, and i'm sure you guys are sick of seeing it. But, of course, it happens to me, now i'm the one bugging.
I recently changed the manifold on the black/blue head on my SP300. Now, my blacks are looking somewhat 3d, lol. It gives the effect that 3 images (one black, one red, and one blue) are being printed slightly above/below each other. I've tried bi-directional correction, print-cut adjust (manual), calibration, cleaning the encoder strip, head cleanings, and even went inside to make sure all screws are properly tightened. I get the same result EVERY time, absolutely no change. I've done everything the service manual says to properly align everything, but nothing works.
I had a head-hit about a year ago, but even after that, it never gave me results such as this. Any tips? Thanks again in advance guys!
 

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no way of doing it yourself? We have no service tech's within a 5 hour drive from here, so getting them here is ALOT of $$$$$$ for something that can be done by myself.
 

tbaker

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from looking at the test print, I seriously doubt you could get them more out of whack then they already are, just remember that in the case of head alignments a little bit goes a long way.
 
+1 on the head alignments. You're going to need to do the manual adjustments like tbaker said. I don't think there is any way the electronic adjustments will get those back in line.

Did you use a hammer to replace that manifold? :)
 
+1 on the head alignments. You're going to need to do the manual adjustments like tbaker said. I don't think there is any way the electronic adjustments will get those back in line.

Did you use a hammer to replace that manifold? :)


lol It sure looks like I did from the print results!

To manually adjust it, is it a matter of un-screwing the entire print carriage from the printer body itself and lowering/heightening it? I've tried lowering it, thinking the closer the heads are to the vinyl the clearer the image will turn out, but i've gone as far down as I can go without the heads hitting and still nothing.
 
No, that isn't what it needs. Making it closer won't help. The head won't actually go any lower. You cannot touch the alignment of the head without knowing what you're doing. I would recommend calling a technician from this point forward.
 

printing238

New Member
i never fixed a sp300 but there should be a screw to hold the head in losen it a bit and you should be able to move the head in or out to align it.
Then use the head align on the printer to get in spot on.
 
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