Epson tech solutions
If you are having issues with blotching ink or excess ink on your films -- try the following:
You may have lots of ink on the "capping station", that is the pad the head rests over when not printing. Move the print head away to expose the pad and blot it gently with a paper towel. You may need to put in the printer into "ink replacement" mode to manually push the head out of the way.
Print a few sheets of paper to blot up any ink that may be hanging from the print head.
Make sure the film is not curled up on the sides. If it is the head could be catching it as it moves over the film. See how it prints on paper, paper should not be curled.
If it's a well-loved printer the reserve tank may be filling up. In this case, it may be time to replace the printer. Unfortunately, on the 1400 Epson does not have a reset for the maintenance tank on the smaller printers.
Make sure the Droplet weight chosen in Accurip is correct by running a droplet weight test page from Accurip.