Welcome To Signs101.com: Largest Forum for Signmaking Professionals

Signs101.com: Largest Forum for Signmaking Professionals is the LARGEST online community & discussion forum for professional sign-makers and graphic designers.


  1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

can i leave print on take up reel and head straight for the laminator?

Discussion in 'Digital Printing' started by max, May 2, 2013.

  1. max

    max Member

    Apr 11, 2011
    hi folks,

    was wondering if anyone could possibly tell me if this is okay to do...
    i have heard you should not leave a print wound up on the take up reel. that you should take it off and leave it loosely rolled up in an open area to outgas (which i have always done).
    however when printing an entire box truck wrap, i would love to just leave it wound up on the take up for a day or so and just take that roll straight to the laminator and start pulling the print directly from the core i used on the printer take up reel.
    it really sucks to take all that vinyl off the core on the printer take up reel, to then turn around and roll it back onto a core to load it onto the laminator......
    does anyone out there do this with no problems???? thanks sooo much for any advice
  2. kanini

    kanini Member

    Jul 13, 2012
    Yes you can! At least I do it all the time and have not had any problems even with full rolls (print and laminate entire roll at once). I usually leave it overnight and I've not experienced it needs to dry/outgas any more at all than that. Good luck!
  3. jfiscus

    jfiscus Map Wraster

    Apr 2, 2009
    Cincinnati, OH
    I would recommend letting it sit 24 hours on the reel, but it hasn't ever caused a problem for me either. Most times, it sits around 12 hours before it has to rush over to laminating.
  4. ChicagoGraphics

    ChicagoGraphics Major Contributor

    Feb 27, 2007
    You don't need to take it off the core, just loosen it up and stand upright then when you want to laminate it tighten the roll back up.
  5. johnnysigns

    johnnysigns Very Active Member

    Nov 3, 2004
    East Coast
    There's a thread about this in the Vehicle Wrap section. I know first hand I find prints that go straight from a take up reel to the laminator on IJ180cV3 with Mutoh ecosol inks are really pretty gummy on the glue side. If that's of any consequence to you I don't know. I haven't seen any known failures from doing this but it makes it a little more aggressive to hang when you install.

    If you're on a latex just print and lam.

  6. max

    max Member

    Apr 11, 2011
    thanks so much guys for all your input. i think i will take your advice and leave it loosely on the core for a day or two before laminating.....:thankyou:

Share This Page