Problems and Solutions : Print Quality Problems

Print Quality Problems
You see banding (light lines).
If a dotted line appears in the image, clean the document table glass with a soft, dry, lint-free cloth (paper towels are not recommended), or use a small amount of glass cleaner on a soft cloth, if necessary. Don’t spray glass cleaner directly on the glass. See Cleaning the Epson Stylus CX5800F for details.
Your printout is blurry or smeared.
Set the paper thickness lever to the  L position for most paper types. If you are printing on envelopes, set the lever to the  H position. See Loading Paper for details.
Align the print head.
If you are copying, make sure your original is placed flat against the document table glass and the Epson Stylus CX5800F is not tilted or placed on an uneven surface.
If you are using double-sided paper and printing heavily saturated or dark images on the front side of the paper, you may notice that smudges or marks appear on the front when you print the second side. If one side of the paper will contain a lighter image or text, print that side first to eliminate marks or smudging.
Your printout is faint or has gaps.
Make sure your paper isn’t damaged, old, dirty, or loaded face down. If it is, reload a new stack of paper with the printable side up; it is usually brighter or whiter than the other side. For best results, use genuine Epson paper.
You see wrong or missing colors.
Your printed colors can never exactly match your on-screen colors. However, you can use a color management system to get as close as possible. Try using the ICM (Windows) or ColorSync (Macintosh) setting.
Your printout is grainy.
Select Photo RPM for Quality Type (Windows) or Print Quality (Macintosh). Remember that this setting increases print time.