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Need a printer that prints white on clear

Discussion in 'Digital Printing' started by artofacks1, Jan 18, 2019.

  1. artofacks1

    artofacks1 Member

    Mar 15, 2014
    Los Angeles
    Looking for a digital printer that can print white on clear and full color on top.

    Please recommend a printer I can buy. I currently own the edge fx and would like to move to something I can stock less colors.

  2. woolly

    woolly Active Member

    Sep 24, 2007
    Cornwall uk
    you might already have the best printer for the job i see. i run a white ink roland and to be honest its a pain to keep on top of the extra maintenance required results are really just above ok, not opaque enough in some cases, then if full colour on top you will run in to total ink load failure on some materials, but in our instance it more than pays it way, can't comment much on uv printers but would be possibly a better bet, running solvent white inks will increase the overall ink usage due to extra cleaning etc. and must be taken into consideration.
    have often wished i had a edge in my line up i used a roland colourcam for years and thermal can not be beaten on some jobs, i nearly bought a summa but could not see i would overcome the banding on larger spot colour stuff where the edge wins but then i needed to print 14 in in one go, so back to inkjet.
    really like the idea of a uv flatbed as i have a flat bed cutter and the advantages of the media staying still soon become apparent.

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  3. CL Visual

    CL Visual Member

    Jun 8, 2016
    Copiague, NY
    I have a mutoh 1628ur up for sale. It's a UV roll to roll printer that has white and varnish. I use it primarily for white print on optically clear window films. About 6 months old. Only selling because I need a faster machine.
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  4. Mark H

    Mark H Member

    Jan 4, 2018
    Berea, Ohio
    I have a Mimaki UV flatbed & have been backprinting clear acrylic for cabinet signs, they look great. I print primer, color, white, white color
  5. burgmurk

    burgmurk Member

    Oct 24, 2016
    Auckland, New Zealand
    White ink is awful to work with, especially if you only use it occasionally (it's notorious for clogging). Unless my printer was running non-stop, printing white every day... i'd get someone else to print those rare jobs.
    On the other hand, if nobody else in town has the technology, you can be the 'white guy', which might just justify the spend.
    Apparently the new HP latex flatbed uses a much improved white ink, but that's a fairly big ticket machine, and it's still a bit new to have any real reviews back from the field yet.
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  6. AMGearhart

    AMGearhart Member

    Jan 15, 2016
    I work with a HP Scitex FB500 and the white ink is a pain. Too easy to clog. And when loaded up, the endless automatic cleaning cycles chew through the box of ink even when nothing is printing. Right now, we have it loaded, but I can't get the light cyan ink out of the tubes, so it is showing up in the white. And when white did print, we never seemed to be able to get it focused well. I kind of inherited this machine, which has had a lot of previous jury-rigging, so I am still learning. Others may have a more positive experience.
  7. DerbyCitySignGuy

    DerbyCitySignGuy Very Active Member

    Dec 12, 2013
    Accurate statement! White ink contains large amounts of titanium dioxide which has a tendency to settle and cause issues. Even printers with ink recirculators can have problems unless you run white ink frequently. If you do go with a white ink machine, it's definitely worth following burgmurks advice. On days when we don't print white ink (which is pretty rare), on some of the machines we run a white square in the morning and white in the evening, just to make sure we don't have any issues.
  8. BigfishDM

    BigfishDM Merchant Member

    Jun 22, 2009
    All Over
    I am local to you and I sell the Mimaki UCJV that is a really good white ink machine. I will take you over to Mimaki in Torrance and we can do a demo with your files.
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  9. artofacks1

    artofacks1 Member

    Mar 15, 2014
    Los Angeles
    Lets do it, can you private message me your phone number?
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