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HELP! Signs sticking together

Discussion in 'General Signmaking Topics' started by Signed Out, Jul 29, 2019.

  1. Signed Out

    Signed Out Very Active Member

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    We recently made (1000) 6"x4"x.040" aluminum signs, (eco solvent printed orafal 3551/290 gloss). Packaged them in sets of 25, and sealed in polybags, and then packaged (10) sets of 25's into cardboard boxes to make boxes of (250).

    Got a call today that the signs are all sticking together and are very hard to pull apart.

    We know better than this not sure really why we sent them out this way. We are having the customer send them back to us so we can separate them and repackage them with sheets of braper in between them. Does this seem like the most feasible solution to this problem?

    We don't often ship large quantity orders like this so moving forward we need to improve in this area.

    If we laminated the signs with a textured or matte laminate, they wouldn't stick together? Is that correct? What if the customer needs to have a gloss finish. Is there a gloss laminate that won't stick when stacked? Is our best option when stacking and shipping like this, to put pieces of wax paper or baby powder in between every sign?
     
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  2. Gino

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    In this kinda weather, anything is gonna stick together, unless you sheet each and every one. If they weren't laminated or sheeted, I'm afraid you're gonna have quite a few to do over, again. Just be prepared.
     
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  3. Texas_Signmaker

    Texas_Signmaker Very Active Signmaker

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    I guess that sounds right...

    I don't care what you laminate with, I'd always throw some backing paper or whatever in there so they don't touch
     
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  4. iPrintStuff

    iPrintStuff Prints stuff

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    For pretty much all our signs, we just Use the backing sheet as a cover for the face when it’s done. At that size it should take about 5 seconds and a couple bits of tape to put it back on. Naturally with that quantity, it does add a bit more labour overall!
     
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    equippaint Very Active Member

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    We never seem to have issues with acm but aluminum always sticks. It seems to pull apart fine without any damage. We buy dish packing paper (newsprint) in sizes just a little larger than the sign so we dont have to trim it. For larger signs, foam packing wrap on the face and stack face to face
     
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  6. Moze

    Moze Precision Sign Services

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    Bag 'em....it protects them and keeps them from sticking together.
     
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  8. Texas_Signmaker

    Texas_Signmaker Very Active Signmaker

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    Looks like a size of a toilet paper roll we need in around here...
     
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  9. Gino

    Gino Premium Subscriber

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    Are you insinuating there's a lotta sh!t going on around here ?? :)
     
  10. Signed Out

    Signed Out Very Active Member

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    Thanks for all the replies and suggestions. We will try the newsprint out, seems like it'll do the trick.

    Now any creative ideas on how to separate all the signs once we get them back? Wondering if leaving them in a refrigerator for a few hours might help? Place a stack on top of a plate tamper, let it rattle them apart?
     
  11. BIG EASY DOES IT

    BIG EASY DOES IT Very Active Member

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    Your in luck because I saw this yesterday.
    https://shop.charmin.com/
     
  12. Texas_Signmaker

    Texas_Signmaker Very Active Signmaker

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    A month huh?

    Maybe a week at best
     
  13. BIG EASY DOES IT

    BIG EASY DOES IT Very Active Member

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    Home usage rates and work usage rates will vary greatly.
     
  14. Signed Out

    Signed Out Very Active Member

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    I clicked this link and now on everywhere I am online shows me an ad for these huge friggin rolls. LOL
     
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  15. BIG EASY DOES IT

    BIG EASY DOES IT Very Active Member

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