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PGI-72 / Pro-10 Refill Bundle - Getting Started

This article is intended for customers who've purchased a refill bundle for the Canon Pixma Pro 10 or 10S.

While some componenents from the kits may differ depending on the type (Starter, Standard) or ink version, you should find that you have most of the items mentioned below.

1. Yellow?

We get asked whether the PGI-72Y and our inks will cause problems... There is no known issue with the PGI-72 OEM yellow and our refill inks. We suspect the problem is being mistakenly confused with the Pro-100 / CLI-42 yellow which does have a known issue, so please check.

2. Cleaned/Refill Cartridges (optional)

As of November 2018 we're making cleaned and refilled cartridges available as a remanufactured cartridge set. This means that the cartridges have gone through a thorough cleaning and drying process then been chip reset and refilled with our PGI-72 compatible ink.

If your refill bundle includes these already, or you have purchased them separately, then you simply install these cartridges as you would any other compatible cartridge set and use as normal. When the cartridge runs out of ink, you then refill using your preferred refill technique.

Note: Where supplied, we recommend you use these cartridges first, to test the suitability of the ink on your preferred media. This will allow you to identify any concerns and/or questions about the ink before you start using the refill tools and/or ink.

3. Refill Processes

There are two key refill options for the PGI-72 and they are identical to the PGI-9 cartridges. No drilling or modification is required so if you have found other resources that recommend such modification then we strongly recommend you ignore them.

As noted above, the PGI-72 cartridges can be refilled in EXACTLY the same way as PGI-9 cartridges. As such our existing PGI-9/Pro-9500 resources are equally useful. These are provided below.

Key Resources:

4. Flushing/Priming Cartridges

We often get asked whether it's necessary to flush the cartridges before refilling and the advice varies depending on the situation so here's some common scenarios and our advice regarding each:

Topping up cartridges with OEM/Original ink still in:

If you top-up OEM ink, it won't cause ink flow problems but colours are likely to vary and you will get results that change subtly as the refill ink starts to dilute the OEM inks over time. Definitely not recommended if you want to start profiling for specific papers.

Using old/dry cartridges:

Some cartridges are much harder to use when they are dry and this is particularly true of the PGI-72PBK, Y, C and M cartridges. Flushing with a cleaning solution capable of breaking down pigment ink is highly recommended before flushing/rinsing with deionised/distilled water.

Topping up cartridges already filled with 3rd party inks

Our inks are tested against OEM/Original inks only. Whilst other compatible/third-party inks may well be similar we recommend you flush the cartridges before using them just to avoid any potential problems

Alternative Option:

We are now offering pre-flushed and refilled (ie: remanufactured) cartridges for the PGI-72 which can be purchased here


Methods for Flushing

If your cartridges are particularly old and/or you suspect that they may contain some form of contamination then it's recommended that you flush with a cleaning solution, then flush/rinse with distilled water.

For most other cartridges, flushing once (or more) with distilled or deionised water is sufficient to clear out the old ink.

Flushing/Purging is covered in this video but please note we realised some time later that we may have used tap water at a point in the video. Don't use tap water, always use de-ionised or distilled water when cleaning.

Printer Profiles (.ICC)

We do have a selection of profiles generated for the Pro-10* with our standard photo black and red inks. These are available here:

It's currently unknown if the Pro-10S produces the same results as the Pro-10 when these ICC profiles are used.

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