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laminating instantly or wait a while

Discussion in 'Digital Printing' started by arzu, Dec 30, 2013.

  1. arzu

    arzu Member

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    Hi all
    Just wondering how you think about this:
    We print vinyl (ecosolvent, on roland 540), let the print rest for a day and than laminate with glossy laminate.
    Everybody sais that it is not ok tot laminate instantly , if the print is barely dry.
    However, sometimes we have to, for we have to deliver the same day.
    I don't see any difference in the results, got no complaints, so why not laminate instantly always.
     
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  2. MikePro

    MikePro Major Contributor

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    another one of these posts?
    at this point, I'd say do what you gotta do.... but plenty of threads on this same topic will explain why you should allow proper drytime to reduce risk of product failure.
     
  3. Gino

    Gino Premium Subscriber

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    Try the 'Search' button. It is indeed your friend and with your barrage of questions, I think it would be of a great benefit to you.
     
  4. JgS

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    If your Roland has a heater than give it 24 hours if you can but your probably be OK if just a couple hours of dry time.

    If it doesn't have a heater than make sure to give it at least 24 hours.
     
  5. arzu

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    .. next time I will first "search" for my topic. Thanks for the reactions By the way, indeed our roland has a heater.
     
  6. ChicagoGraphics

    ChicagoGraphics Major Contributor

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    Are you sure it's a heater and not just a fan?
     
  7. arzu

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    Yes there is a aluminum drying panel on the machine where the foil exits the machine. It gets so hot that you cannot touch it.
    Also there is a heater during printing, at the print area, which you can set to a certain temp. The printer is for solvent ink.
     
  8. Mosh

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    Laminate before you print, that will save you time.
     
  9. Biker Scout

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    Convert your printer over the UV inks that cure in the 395mn range, Then get a wide format liquid UV laminator if your clients want gloss. Instant curing both ways, and liquid UV coating is vastly less expensive than film lamination.
     
  10. ProWraps

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    LOL. best response ever.
     
  11. Bly

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    From experience if the prints are going onto a flat surface you can laminate once they are touch dry.
    If it's to go onto a curved surface, a vehicle wrap or you might need to remove the print at some stage - let them outgas for at least 24 hours.
     
  12. arzu

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    This is the kind if response I was waiting for. It makes sense , Thanks for sharing.
     
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