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Discussion in 'Flatbed Printers' started by Sledhead, Aug 6, 2012.

  1. Sledhead

    Sledhead New Member

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    Does anyone have any recommendations for what to use for protecting rigid prints? Also what to stay away from.

    UV coaters like the Drytac are just as expensive as our FB500 printer. Are there other types of clear coats or varnishes out there that can will protect against heavy abrasion? How do you apply them? Brush-on or Spray-on?
     
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  2. DRPSignsNGrafix

    DRPSignsNGrafix Very Active Member

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    Clear Shield or Frog juice. Don't know how well against heavy abrasion but it works good for light stuff
     
  3. Sledhead

    Sledhead New Member

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    Thanks Mike. The Frog Juice looks to be some nasty stuff. The Maribu Clear Shield comes in a water-based version they call Production Clear that is intended for UV inks.

    I am still interested to hear from others about how they apply these clear coats. HVLP sprayer, foam roller or do you have to invest in a roller coater to get high quality results??
     
  4. J Hill Designs

    J Hill Designs Major Contributor

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    foam roller for larger applications, foam brush for smaller ones (clear shield water based for solvent prints) -- frog juice for thermal prints, either the aerosol can, or HVLP gun depending again on size (sometimes I'll even just use the frogskin edge foil)
     
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