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Dry Erase Laminate

Discussion in 'General Signmaking Topics' started by 1robbie, Nov 16, 2020.

  1. 1robbie

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    I have a job that needs to be dry erase-- looking at printing on GF. I found a GF110 dry erase laminate. Has anyone used it and had good luck with it?
    Anyone willing to sell me 20' of some? I really don't want to spend $350 on a roll of material not that I will only use once.
     
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  2. eahicks

    eahicks Magna Cum Laude - School of Hard Knocks

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    Um....don't print on dry erase lam. Laminate with it. Print on your substrate or vinyl.
     
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  3. WYLDGFI

    WYLDGFI Merchant Member

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    We print and lam with the GF-DE all the time.
     
  4. Gino

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    Yeah, I always had the same experience and notion. Dry erase repels most anything, so most inks would wear very quickly too, especially if they use a washing agent to help remove stains. Maybe things have changed.
     
  5. 1robbie

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    sorry I meant that I am printing on GF but looking for a laminate to go with it that will last more than 6 months.
     
  6. 1robbie

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    What is DE?
     
  7. WYLDGFI

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    Dry Erase;)
     
  8. 1robbie

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    Duh! not thinking today -- its Monday!

    Would you happen to have some material you are willing to sell? I don't need a whole roll.
     
  9. WYLDGFI

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    I have to check with my laminator operator to see how much we actually have in stock. What do you need printed?
     
  10. 1robbie

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    I am going to print the items here on GF 203. I just need the laminate to go over them. 20' x 54" is what I need
     
  11. Pixels Are Bad Mmmkay?

    Pixels Are Bad Mmmkay? Very Active Member

    Although Fellers lists that laminate for $350, probably because it's not as relevant in the wrap market, you can buy 54" x 150' rolls for $163.95 and 54" x 75' rolls for $89.95 here...

    https://www.signoutletstore.com/General-Formulations-GF-111-Dry-Erase-Laminate-p/p-11-5.htm
     
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  12. FireSprint.com

    FireSprint.com Trade Only Screen & Digital Sign Printing

    A little tip, currently our standard gloss vinyl decals are actually dry erase. No need to do anything other than order them here:
    https://www.firesprint.com/vinyl-decals-digitally-printed/

    Order this product full printed and ready to go - it's pretty inexpensive and just so happens to be a great dry erase!

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  13. jimbug72

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    I've found that our standard intermediate Briteline UV lam, as well as Orcal 210 & 290 gloss laminates seem to be just as "dry erasable" as the specialty lam. That being said, I haven't tested them side by side in longevity as a dry erase lam.
     
  14. WYLDGFI

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    Agreed Jim....We use briteline as well but for durability of the dry erase factor for our clients peace of mind...we utilize only Dry Erase specific when requested. We dont chance our jobs for our clients/their clients.
     
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    I agree as well, we use Vandal Guard Laminate for all dry erase orders, but if we are doing any dry erase projects for home or temp office use we just use the Briteline gloss.
     
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  16. eahicks

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    I've found that to be true with certain markers....I forget which ones, but some are hard to erase unless it's true dry erase laminate.
     
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  17. Jester1167

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    Side note:

    We used to sell a few 18x24 aluminum real estate signs with dry erase to neighborhoods and they always complained that they were difficult to clean and didn't work well. One finally brought a sign in and they had scrubbed it hard with unknown cleaners and ruined the dry-erase capabilities.

    After a little research, we found out that UV light and long periods make the ink appear permanent. The best way to clean stubborn dry-erase without damaging the laminate is to use dry-erase cleaner, or color/scrub over the old message with a dry-erase pen then wipe it off. If you take the time to explain this to the customer on pickup you can save yourself a few complaints.
     
  18. gabagoo

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    as far as markers go, I was told by someone who had a lot of experience with dry erase that Expo markers were the worst and stained. Strangely enough Expo seem to be everywhere you look...

    Quartet were supposed to be good as well as Staedtler and stay away from dollar store Chinese write erase markers as well.
     
  19. De.signs Nanaimo

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    I just use regular laminate, tell the client the material is not certified for dry erase but is WAY cheaper. I have one client that is on her second A-frame, the inserts are printed, regular lam and mounted on aluminum panel. It's a hair studio that changes specials almost every day, the signs are now two years old and working fine.
     
  20. gabagoo

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    I agree that gloss laminate will work if the message does not stay on too long
     
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