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What kind of ink is this? Is it Lysonic?
Will it clog my printer?
How do you know it is archival?
What paper will it work on?
Are the colors the same as Epson's?
Do you have ICC profiles for your inks and papers?
Do I have to use a head cleaning fluid or flushing fluid?
Is this a waterproof ink?
Have you had any problems so far?

What kind of ink is this? Is it Lysonic?

No, it is not Lysonic. This ink is totally different. It is a fully pigmented ink. The pigment is 100% pure carbon. Lysonic inks are dyebased and do not have pigment in them.
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Will it clog my printer?

No, it will not clog the Epson printers. The maximum particle size in the pigments is 0.19 microns and the Epson print head nozzles are 25 microns plus or minus 5 microns. The ink is filtered to 0.45 microns and does not cause clogging. It stays in suspension. It is rare for an Epson print head to clog, 99% of the so called clogs are air/foam related problems. Since we introduced it in October of 1998, there have been no reports of clogging.
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How do you know it is archival?

Because none of us are going to live long enough to know if the ink lasts 100 years, we have to depend on some accelerated testing methods. The Rochester Institute of Technology's Image Permanence Institute and Wilhelm Imaging Research, Inc. are the most well know testers of archival materials. Our ink has been permanence tested by the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and rated to last 49 years under display conditions. Click here to see the RIT test results. We also have done some accelerated testing internally to compare our ink to Lysonic and Epson inks. See our internal fade testing results.
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What paper will it work on?

In general, the best archival papers are made from cotton fiber and are acid free. Coatings on these types of papers can have an effect on the permanence. Crain's Museo, is the only paper that does not have "optical brighteners" added. Ironically these chemicals are used to make the paper whiter but, after many years of aging, they cause the paper to turn yellow. The Museo paper is highly archival. Epson Archival Matte, Somerset Photo Enhanced and Concord Rag by Legion West Paper also work well. We have not completed permanence testing with all of these papers.

We have found that the archival ink works best on matte finish papers. On glossy, semi gloss, or luster papers, the pigment does not get fully absorbed and sits on the surface of the paper. This is very noticeable and you will not like the way it looks. This does not happen on matte finish papers. There are a few glossy papers that will work with pigmented ink. Epson SO41141 and Ilfojet Professional by Ilford work well. Others will work, but have to be sprayed or laminated.

Our customers have printed on the following papers with good results; Crain's Museo, Epson Archival Matte, CIP8511 (MIS), CS8511 (MIS), 770DMP (Weber Valentine), 770HGC (Weber Valentine), Somerset Velvet (Legion West), Somerset Enhanced (Legion West), Concord Rag (Legion West), Watercolor Text (Red River), William Turner (Atlantic), German Etching (Atlantic), Japan (Atlantic), Classic Velour (Luminos), Museum Parchment (Luminos), Flaxen Weave (Luminos), Hi Res(Weber Valentine), and Osprey (Hawk Mountain). The MIS Archival inks will work on many other types and brands of paper, there are too many to list and new ones surface everyday.
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Are the colors the same as Epson's?

We can achieve 95% of the Epson color gamut after making adjustments to the printer driver settings or doing color calibration with Monaco EZ Color. There is a slight loss of color, which varies from one paper to another. The results on glossy paper are, in general, less satisfactory than on fine art paper. Archival prints made with pigmented ink will not look exactly like Epson prints made with Dyebased ink. The recommended starting point is to move the Brightness, Cyan, Magenta and Yellow sliders on the print driver to +15. Check out the charts made by Dan Culbertson comparing the color gamut of MIS inks and Epson inks on various papers.

Because the inks are a pigmented ink, there is an issue with transparency. Dye based inks are totally transparent. Pigment blocks the transparency. The pigments are colored, so the end result, after making printer driver and calibration adjustments, will be close, but they will not have the pop or vividness of an Epson print. The pigmented black is not as black as a dyebased black, but close enough for most applications.

MIS Associates is now a distributor of the MONACO EZ COLOR SYSTEM. This software, which will work on a PC or a Mac, is a perfect companion product for those who are using MIS Archival Inks. It allows you to create a custom ICC Profiles that will match your paper and ink to your printer. The result is near perfect color output that is calibrated to work with your printer. It takes the trial and error out of adjusting the printer settings. ICC Profiles will work with PhotoShop, PageMaker 6.5, or Quark 4.0. They are not supported by Photoshop Light Edition (LE).

We have initiated a project to produce a full library of ICC profiles for our Archival inks and papers. You can see the beginnings of the library on our Profiles page.


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Do you have ICC profiles for your inks and papers?

Some of the profiles are done. We have an ongoing project to produce profiles for all of our inks and papers. These profiles will be available to our customers free of charge. You can see the beginnings of the library on our Profiles page.
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Do I have to use a head cleaning fluid or flushing fluid?

No, our archival inks are compatible with Epson's ink. They are pH matched. They will mix together without any negative effects. It is not like Lyson and Luminous inks which react with Epson ink to form sludge or particles. For these reactive or non compatible inks, a flushing fluid is mandatory. We do not have this problem.

However, when you first install our archival inks there will be a mixture of Epson and MIS ink in the print head. This mixture is not archival and must be purged from the print head. The smaller printers (not the 3000, 7000, 9000) can be purged by printing some bar charts of each color that cover 80% of the page. After several pages of each color (CMYK) the output will be 98% archival. The desktop print heads hold a very small amount of ink, and you can easily switch back and forth.

To purge an Epson 3000 printer there is a special procedure, which can be found on our PURGING page. It is near the bottom and is called "Purging an Epson 3000". After you use this procedure, then you should print at least 25 pages of bar charts, just like above. If you don't use this procedure, then print 160 pages of bar charts.

We have introduced a cleaning cartridge filled with a clear cleaning solution. This can be used to make sure that all of the older, or non compatible ink has been removed from the printer. We have discovered that if the purging is not 100 percent complete, that very minor banding can occur. This minor banding is not noticeable on all images. Running the cleaning cartridges until no trace of color is present is a positive technique for eliminating this problem.
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Is this a waterproof ink?

This is a tough question because there is not a universal definition of "waterproof". When we print with the archival ink on our WIP8511 coated paper, the result is extremely waterproof. We kept print samples outdoors for 90 days and the rain and dew had no impact on them. We put some archival prints done on Somerset Velvet outdoors and they ran. So on uncoated paper we must say that the ink is not waterproof. On a coated paper, with a water resistant coating, the inks are waterproof. On our glossy photo paper (GP206) the prints do not bleed or run when exposed to water for short periods of time. When exposed repeatedly for several days, some running occurs.

The pigment in the inks gives them their water resistant characteristics, but weather they are totally waterproof is highly dependent on the paper being used. We can say with high confidence that the water resistance of the archival inks is much better than the original Epson inks.
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Have you had any problems so far?

Yes, we learned early on that the black ink was not black enough. We created a new ink called Double Density Black. It has a much higher Dmax. The Double Density Black performs very similar to the Epson black. We also created a longer lasting yellow. This yellow is brighter than the original yellow and will require profile updates. If you want both the Double Density Black and the Longer Lasting Yellow, then order the MIS Perpetual Archival inks.

If you have a prefilled cartridge that is not working properly, let us know and we will send you a replacement.
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