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18.008 What is the 'trick' for restoring a printer ribbon?




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This article is from the Apple II Csa2 FAQ, by Jeff Hurlburt with numerous contributions by others.

18.008 What is the 'trick' for restoring a printer ribbon?

         For cartridge ribbons, such as the one in ImageWriter II, it is easy to
'restore' a ribbon to dark printing with a few spritzes of WD-40. Using a
pocket knife, pry off the lid of the cartridge, and, as evenly as possible,
lightly spritz the bunched-up ribbon. Restore the lid and roll the tape back
and forth a few inches. Let the cartridge sit for several days in a plastic
bag.

     The idea is that the WD-40 spreads unused ink into the ribbon's print
area; so, it will not work for restoring multi-Color ribbons. Since you are
adding no ink, this trick is good for only one or two 'restorations'.

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