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Anonymous
July 20, 2005 6:26:50 AM

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Is it possible to remove printer ink (whether bubble-jet or laser)
from paper. I've heard about using bleach, water, salts and uv light.
But that's still in theory, so if anyone knows of an ingenious method
that should definitely work, let me know please!!! Its very
important... Thanks.
Anonymous
July 20, 2005 5:19:26 PM

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In article <UfOdnScJY_0nYUDfRVn_vA@giganews.com>,
natchiluus@yahoo-dot-com.no-spam.invalid (natchiluus) wrote:

> Is it possible to remove printer ink (whether bubble-jet or laser)from
paper. I've heard about using bleach, water, salts and uv light.But that's
still in theory, so if anyone knows of an ingenious methodthat should
definitely work, let me know please!!! Its veryimportant... Thanks.

Natchiluus-

It would be a good idea to try any experiments on another piece of paper
that is not so important.

Bubble jet ink soaks into the fibers of the paper. You may be able to
remove it using a solvent. One common candidate for a solvent, is
fingernail polish remover. However it contains some kind of oil that will
remain in the paper. Bleach may work but might also damage the paper.

UV light will cause ink to fade, but it might take a long time before you
couldn't see the ink at all.

Laser ink is a plastic powder that has been melted onto the surface of the
paper. It might be possible to apply some tape to it and carefully peel
it off.

There was a machine advertised a few years ago, that would allow you to
re-use paper that had laser print. I gathered that it used some kind of
sticky plastic that grabbed the print but not the paper. It was supposed
to save trees by re-using the paper, but wasn't very economical.

Fred
Anonymous
July 22, 2005 12:07:19 PM

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"natchiluus" <natchiluus@yahoo-dot-com.no-spam.invalid> wrote in message
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> Is it possible to remove printer ink (whether bubble-jet or laser)
> from paper. I've heard about using bleach, water, salts and uv light.
> But that's still in theory, so if anyone knows of an ingenious method
> that should definitely work, let me know please!!! Its very
> important... Thanks.

So how bad is the wallpaper :-)

I have managed to "remove" ink from fingers using household mold cleaner.
This stuff contains chlorine bleach so it's NOT recommended for use on skin!

It might work on paper but it could well make the paper go brown or remove
any existing pattern on the paper just as easily. Test a small area
carefully first and let it dry fully before trying it on important areas.
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Anonymous
July 22, 2005 12:16:44 PM

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On Wed, 20 Jul 2005 02:26:50 -0500, in comp.periphs.printers
natchiluus@yahoo-dot-com.no-spam.invalid (natchiluus) wrote:

>Is it possible to remove printer ink (whether bubble-jet or laser)
>from paper. I've heard about using bleach, water, salts and uv light.
>But that's still in theory, so if anyone knows of an ingenious method
>that should definitely work, let me know please!!! Its very
>important... Thanks.

You need to be more specific. Inks vary for various ink jets, some are
dye-based and some are pigment-based. The type of paper also
determines how the ink is captured.
Anonymous
July 22, 2005 10:36:38 PM

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On 22-Jul-2005, Ed Ruf <egruf_usenet@cox.net> wrote:

> >Is it possible to remove printer ink (whether bubble-jet or laser)
> >from paper. I've heard about using bleach, water, salts and uv light.
> >But that's still in theory, so if anyone knows of an ingenious method
> >that should definitely work, let me know please!!! Its very
> >important... Thanks.

If you have a sample of the ink put blobs, preferably about
the same size, on similar to the problem paper, or bond
paper. Then put drops of various solvents, and trial removal
agents, on separate blobs. See which act as solvents for
the ink. Water based products seemed ineffective. But then
mfrs would prefer their inks not to run if exposed to rain, and
they have to dry quickly, so a high water content is not
desirable.

Interestingly some brands of tape head cleaners had a
strong solvent action, I suspect they had a high iso-propyl
alcohol content, and needed to evaporate quickly if
used on VCR heads. I'm still testing, and have small phials
of various solvents/cleaners. Once you identify a solvent
then you have a chance to moisten the stain, not from the
middle which spreads it out in a ring, and then absorb it.

I tested various retail printer head, and home made,
cleaners, in this way. Many did absolutely nothing,
so had no chance of cleaning a clogged print head.
July 25, 2005 11:19:05 PM

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Bleach will remove dye-based inks from skin. I have used bleach to remove
water-soluble marker pen inks from paper as well, but it didn't leave a
perfect surface. I've tried several methods to remove laser printing to
leave a surface as if there has been no printing - all unsuccessful.

"natchiluus" <natchiluus@yahoo-dot-com.no-spam.invalid> wrote in message
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> Is it possible to remove printer ink (whether bubble-jet or laser)
> from paper. I've heard about using bleach, water, salts and uv light.
> But that's still in theory, so if anyone knows of an ingenious method
> that should definitely work, let me know please!!! Its very
> important... Thanks.
>
Anonymous
July 26, 2005 5:44:56 AM

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Burt wrote:

>Bleach will remove dye-based inks from skin.
>

HE SHOULD KNOW BECAUSE HE ENDURES THE REFILLING M E S S Y PAIN IN THE ASS

>I have used bleach to remove
>water-soluble marker pen inks from paper as well, but it didn't leave a
>perfect surface. I've tried several methods to remove laser printing to
>leave a surface as if there has been no printing - all unsuccessful.
>
>"natchiluus" <natchiluus@yahoo-dot-com.no-spam.invalid> wrote in message
>news:UfOdnScJY_0nYUDfRVn_vA@giganews.com...
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>>Is it possible to remove printer ink (whether bubble-jet or laser)
>>from paper. I've heard about using bleach, water, salts and uv light.
>>But that's still in theory, so if anyone knows of an ingenious method
>>that should definitely work, let me know please!!! Its very
>>important... Thanks.
>>
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>>
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July 26, 2005 5:44:57 AM

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measekite wrote:
>
>
> Burt wrote:
>
>> Bleach will remove dye-based inks from skin.
>
>
> HE SHOULD KNOW BECAUSE HE ENDURES THE REFILLING M E S S Y PAIN IN THE ASS
>
>> I have used bleach to remove water-soluble marker pen inks from paper
>> as well, but it didn't leave a perfect surface. I've tried several
>> methods to remove laser printing to leave a surface as if there has
>> been no printing - all unsuccessful.
>>
>> "natchiluus" <natchiluus@yahoo-dot-com.no-spam.invalid> wrote in
>> message news:UfOdnScJY_0nYUDfRVn_vA@giganews.com...
>>
>>
>>> Is it possible to remove printer ink (whether bubble-jet or laser)
>>> from paper. I've heard about using bleach, water, salts and uv light.
>>> But that's still in theory, so if anyone knows of an ingenious method
>>> that should definitely work, let me know please!!! Its very
>>> important... Thanks.
>>>
>>>
>>
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Big lie! Simply not true. Don't believe a word this troll says. After
market inks perform just as well as oem inks.
Frank
July 26, 2005 6:55:13 AM

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"measekite" <inkystinky@oem.com> wrote in message
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>
>
> Burt wrote:
>
>>Bleach will remove dye-based inks from skin.
>
> HE SHOULD KNOW BECAUSE HE ENDURES THE REFILLING M E S S Y PAIN IN THE ASS

As usual, Measekite raises his ugly head to put down aftermarket ink use and
try to invalidate my message. He needs to broaden his view. Inkjet
printers represent only one of thousands of uses of inks throughout the
world. I have used many kinds of inks in graphics and fine arts projects
for over 40 years and have had to clean ink off of my hands after a project.
I never get ink on my skin when refilling cartridges as I wear a pair of
inexpensive medical exam gloves (around $5 per hundred) when refilling OEM
Canon carts with MIS inks. I have, however, gotten inkjet ink on my fingers
when removing an OEM inkjet cart and also when cleaning a printhead on an
Epson printer. No big deal. Clorox to the rescue. Or to save money,
aftermarket chlorine bleach - also good stuff, just like the high quality
aftermarket inks I use. I don't know who formulates the bleach, and I don't
know (or care) who formulates the inks I buy under the MIS label. They both
work perfectly well and do no harm to my skin or my printer. Let's see what
new and unique message Measekite posts as a follow up to this message.
He's so predictable that I could actually save him the effort and print his
usual message along with mine. I wouldn't do that, however, as I would then
deprive him of the opportunity to type his 900th rant against the inks he
has never used. Thanks, Measekite, for keeping the aftermarket ink issue
front and center. You are the best salesman the aftermarket vendors have
ever had.
>
>>I have used bleach to remove water-soluble marker pen inks from paper as
>>well, but it didn't leave a perfect surface. I've tried several methods
>>to remove laser printing to leave a surface as if there has been no
>>printing - all unsuccessful.
>>
>>"natchiluus" <natchiluus@yahoo-dot-com.no-spam.invalid> wrote in message
>>news:UfOdnScJY_0nYUDfRVn_vA@giganews.com...
>>
>>>Is it possible to remove printer ink (whether bubble-jet or laser)
>>>from paper. I've heard about using bleach, water, salts and uv light.
>>>But that's still in theory, so if anyone knows of an ingenious method
>>>that should definitely work, let me know please!!! Its very
>>>important... Thanks.
>>>
>>>
>>
>>
>>
January 21, 2013 6:38:08 PM

Laser Un-print..

Toner is mostly composed of carbon and a plastic polymer. Short laser pulses can erase words and images by heating the polymer in the toner ink, to the point that it vaporises.
This pocess can depend on paper type and ink formula. Toshiba already markets a laser printer which can erase ink, but notes that the machine is dependent on its own "e-blue" ink to function.

Green Pulses..

The best laser setting for the un-printing process is green laser pulses, lasting just four billionths of a second in duration. This removes all but a hint of the print.

University of Cambrige have been developing this technique, they estimate a prototype could be built for about £19,000 at the present time. The engineers now plan to develop a prototype device suitable for an office.

Who knows, it could be hitting the shelves anytime soon!
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