New H-P Inkjet Premium Plus Photo Paper Gives washed out Colors .Anyadvice?

Discussion in 'Printer Problems' started by Mort, Sep 28, 2011.

  1. Mort

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    I've been using H-P inks and their Premium Plus photo inkjet papers, and
    have had good results. Those papers were made in Switzerland, have a
    textured back to prevent stacked sticking, and give excellent colors.The
    most recent H-P papers that I bought, in sizes 4x5", 5x7", and 8.5x11",
    have a smooth back, and give very poor, washed -out colors, when
    compared side-by-side with the same images.I take pride in my prints,
    and feel ashamed at how poor my pictures look on these German papers.

    I am quite disappointed. I know that H-P is having a leadership problem,
    but cheapening a product is not the road to success.

    Does any one have advice for me about what brand of paper I should try
    now, e.g. Kodak, Epson, etc.?

    Thank you.

    Mort Linder
    Mort, Sep 28, 2011
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  2. Mort

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    Hi Don,

    Thanks for the reply. My Printer Properties are indeed set properly. The
    point is that I did side-by-side comparisons with the old and new H-P
    papers with the same printer and the same image, without changing any
    settings. There were substantial differences in print quality which
    indeed paralleled the differences in paper look and feel.

    The resin coating of these papers is quite important for giving good
    color and sharpness as well as ling life.

    I wonder who the manufacturer of the older Swiss paper is, and under
    what other brand names that excellent paper is sold.

    Thanks again.

    Mort, Sep 29, 2011
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  3. Mort

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    Hi Don,

    No, the new paper is also high gloss. As I posted, the labeling of the
    new paper is identical with the old in every respect. The paper is
    different: no rough rear surface, a shallow resin coat, and an entirely
    different feel. The visual differences are under absolutely identical

    Thanks for the tip about Costco's Kirkland paper, which I'll try next
    time that I go there.

    By the way, while attending an important family wedding in California, I
    found a nice batch of the good old H-P Swiss papers and bought them to
    use on my prints of the wedding. I had UPS ship them home to the new
    York suburbs for me.

    Thanks to all for the replies.

    Mort, Oct 13, 2011
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    Hi Don,

    I tried the newly improved Costco Kirkland paper, and the results are
    excellent, similar to the good Swiss H-P paper. However, I have a
    mechanical problem with the Costco paper: it slips in my H-P 8250
    printer, and 2 out of 3 tries, the paper is rejected, with black rubber
    roller marks on the back. The paper's back is smooth and slippery, in
    contrast with the textured back of the H-P paper, and my printer has a
    U-shaped paper path.

    I'll keep trying. In te meantime, I located some good Swiss H-P papers
    on the net, and will lay in a supply.

    Thanks again.

    Mort, Oct 21, 2011
  5. Mort

    Mort Guest

    Hi Don,

    Here is a brief follow-up. H-P has a kit to clean the rubber rollers in
    their printers, which can gather paper dust and lose their traction
    ability. I ran into it on the net by accident, and then ordered it. If
    it works, then my problem will be solved.


    Mort Linder
    Mort, Oct 22, 2011
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    Mort Guest

    Hi Don,

    Will do. I am hoping that it helps.

    Mort, Oct 25, 2011
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    Mort Guest

    Hi Don and group,

    I used the HP printer roller cleaning kit as per their instructions. It
    made a lot of noises,and left a lot of small black (rubber?) crumbs all
    over. However, it did NOT help the slippage and rear black lines problem
    with Costco papers at all. Shakespeare described it as "Much Ado About
    Nothing". I was disappointed more than surprised.

    Thanks for your interest.

    Mort Linder
    Mort, Oct 27, 2011
  8. Mort

    Mort Guest

    Hi All,

    Well, my HP printer died, and I was lucky enough to find and get a new
    replacement of the same model. It turns out that the slippage and black
    lines with the Costco paper were apparently due to the old printer being
    no good. With the new printer, the Costco paper works well mechanically,
    and the colors are almost as good as the old Swiss HP paper, at
    considerably less cost.

    Thanks for your attention.

    Mort Linder
    Mort, Nov 10, 2011
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