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flatbed UV question about cleaning signs

Discussion in 'Digital Printing' started by gabagoo, Jan 24, 2014.

  1. gabagoo

    gabagoo Major Contributor

    Oct 10, 2006
    Vaughan, Ontario
    I had 12 signs made for a factory and now they are asking what kind of cleaners can be used on the signs as they could get oil residue on them over time due to the mfg process they use. They were printed on a Flatbed UV machine......
  2. growler

    growler Member

    Apr 20, 2010
    IPA, meths, turps, hot soapy water. Just tell then not to rub hard and it will be fine.
  3. Gino

    Gino Premium Subscriber

    Jun 7, 2006
    Most flatbed printed signs aren't really made with cleaning down the road in mind, unless you treat them after printing.

    If known ahead of time, I would say the signs should be laminated or at least liquid cleared and then a mild soap and water with a light touch from a rag will do. If an oily atmosphere is going to happen, I'd give no warranties other than a year.

    In fact, you might want to consider putting a poly or acrylic face on it, then you can feel at ease about basically any cleaners they might use by mistake. I can't tell you how many times people are given specific instructions on how to maintain signs, but someone will invariably use something else and not tell anyone and then say, I only used Windex............ :covereyes:
  4. Biker Scout

    Biker Scout Very Active Member

    Jan 24, 2008
    Las Vegas
    Signs going into factories should be made by the sign guy with heavy cleaning in mind. I used to deal with food processing factories, and steam and hot water were used periodically to clean the whole place. With that in mind, I'd laminate the signs with Polycarbonate.

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