If you are new to refilling and are hesitant to refill your own cartridges, we also have properly refilled real Canon cartridges all ready to use. These are refilled with exactly the same methods and procedures as what we sell for refilling.
You can go to the Canon carts tab and purchase a set and assess the print quality. You still save 50% of what Canon cartridges would have cost and now you know what you can expect which is superb results!
All PGI-9 colors used in this printer are Lucia compatible pigment inks.
Note: During the summer of 2015, we elected to improve the previous Pro9500 inkset we have had for several years. We made it much more neutral to the point that B&W printing no longer required an ICC profile additionally we removed its sensitivity to adherence issues on some coated papers as well as improved its' color performance in the Cyan and Magenta areas. We were able to improve on this without a complete change of all the inks. As a result prior users are able to retain and reuse existing inks. Refer to the table to view changes. Older formulations will be retained for those whose workflows are fixed and do not wish to change.
One other aspect was that the older 6162 was sensitive to cartridge pad condition and flow issues could develop when high rates of magenta ink was called for. This is totally rectified with the newer PC9-M.
Matte Photo Paper Printing:
Canon has always had an odd arrangement with Matte Paper printing. If Matte Photo Paper is chosen for print, the PhotoBlack ink is used to print. The resulting print on Matte Photo has a lower Black level and is not as rich and deep as one would expect. There are two solutions to this scenario.
1. Use fine art papers as the media when using matte papers. The weakness to this solution is that the print driver will always retain large borders on the sheet of paper. Printing close to the edges is not possible. 8x10 on a letter size is not possible.
2. Refill a PhotoBlack cartridge with Matte Black ink and use an appropriate ICC profile. This will be offered. Keep in mind that when printing on coated photo papers such as gloss and luster papers a normal PhotoBlack cartridge with PhotoBlack ink inside must be used. You will need to switch cartridges each time you switch papers or switch chips.
We highly recommend only using Canon OEM Cartridges when refilling. They are the ONLY ones designed and made properly to work with the Pro9500. Take a look here and see the internals and you'll see why. Forget about sponge based cartridges which cannot address the issue of pigment settlement.