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Cleaning Rollers on a laminator...

Discussion in 'General Signmaking Topics' started by Banners Signs Etc., Aug 1, 2012.

  1. Banners Signs Etc.

    Banners Signs Etc. Active Member

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    Yeah I gummed them up...what do you guys use to clean them...I was thinking denatured alcohol but maybe its too aggressive

    They are red silicone type
     
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    Banners Signs Etc. Active Member

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    seems like an expensive solution...34 (edit: $40) plus shipping...will cleaners hurt the rollers..or just make them too smooth and slip
     
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  3. Banners Signs Etc.

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    adhesive left over from cold lam that for one reason or another was left on the rollers overnight...coming off when pulled off
     
  4. omgsideburns

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    Yeah i just use some tape. Takes most everything off of them.
     
  5. Banners Signs Etc.

    Banners Signs Etc. Active Member

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    Thanks, I guess the consensus is not to use cleaners no matter how much you want to.
     
  6. petepaz

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    the denatured alcohol won't hurt them, i use it all the time on ours but anything stronger may melt the rubber so be careful or just do a test on a small end area.
     
  7. sballinger

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    Iso alcohol and the eraser block is what I've been using for the past 6 years...our AGL rep says we have the cleanest machine he's seen!
     
  8. LenR

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    A large gum eraser will get the adhesive off.
    I then follow up with alcohol.
     
  9. signage

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    alcohol in any rubber product is a big no no, it will most likely shorten the life of the rubber by removing the pasteurizer (spelling) in them.
     
  10. Imagital

    Imagital Designer/Installer

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    I usually use Bestine on a lint free cloth, it's great for removing adhesives and doesn't dry out like alcohol. Then go over it with a DRS Roller to get any leftover crud.
     
  11. MikeH

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    Signage is correct. Alcohol will harden the rollers over time. If you must use a product/solution to clean with something like blanket wash used to clean offset printing blankets work and will rejuvenate the roller. Graphic Laminating has a product for cleaning Heat film not sure if it will work on PSA.
     
  12. Matt-Tastic

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    You can pick up the glue/gum erasers at Lowes and Home Depot in heir tool section as well. you use them to clean saw blades and files.

    If its not built up too much, you can also use cheese/tack cloth or any lint free rag and (maybe) some water.

    An eraser will last you years and will be worth it in the long run.
     
  13. 401Graphics

    401Graphics Very Active Member

    i just use rubbing alcohol on a cloth to get dust off the rollers.
     
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