Check your manual on how to set the platten gap. You're likely getting minor head scuffing because the paper is so thick.
Thanks for the response.
I changed the platten gap to the "wide" and "wider" setting on the printer control panel, but it didn't seem to make a difference.
I then tried changing it in the printer software (paper config) to its widest setting...still no change. The paper thickness is only set to "2", maybe i should raise that?
Anyway, i ran a sheet of Epson Prem Luster through it and its flawless.
I also am noticing some horizontal ink ink smearing in the solid black areas. (epson luster is fine).
Anyway, i am out of my test pack so i ordered another one...don't want to order a roll until i get it working right. I should have tried a sheet using Ilford's profile. Will do some more testing in a few days. I like the warmer paper base and weight of the paper for B/W. But overall if i look at it next to a sheet of Epson Prem Luster, the Fiber Silk looks like its been sitting out on a desk for a day and has gathered some dust, ultra light scratches or knicks on it. Very subtle...but its there. Probably just my settings.
My test image is of the eiffel tower at night, so there are some large black areas. If it was an image say taken in a forest during the day, you wouldn't even be able to see these problems.
I would advise any of you testing new papers to print a solid black test swatch and check it for imperfections, i've seen this a few times with other papers as well. Kind of like a clean black paint job on a car, black areas will reveal flaws.
I'm not sure why Ilford doesn't list recommended printer settings for people using the Advanced B/W option on the Epsons.