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Question Prepping Signs For Digital Printing

Discussion in 'General Signmaking Topics' started by Marshallmax, Feb 11, 2020.

  1. Marshallmax

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    Can’t seem to find any info regarding this. I was wondering the best process for cleaning aluminum sign blanks before printing. The signs are white on both sides, so of course I know they’re ready for print. However, i was wondering if I could wipe them down with 99% isopropyl alcohol before printing. Or is it safer to use soap and water?
     
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  2. Boudica

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    We use the isopropyl alcohol for all substrates - except foam core and acrylic.
     
  3. Marshallmax

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    So you would say that it’s okay to use isopropyl alcohol on white sign blanks?
     
  4. Boudica

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    Yep - cleans up the oils and won't leave a film. Plus, it cleans off the occasional scuff or mark that soap and water will not.
     
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  5. StarSign

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    This is what we get when cleaning ACM with 99% this is after wiping and letting sit 20 min before printing.
     

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  6. WYLDGFI

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    Wipe with Iso 91% and then dry and buff out. Looks great when you print.....
    Personally, I spray directly ONTO the aluminum or coro or anything else Im cleaning that way. Its amazing how you see fingerprints or hand swipes on non masked substrates. Do not let the Iso sit on the substrate.
     
  7. Gino

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    Yeah, what he said. Wipe it around cleaning it , but keep wiping til it's dry. Don't let it air dry or you'll get the streaks and hazing Star mentioned.
     
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