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Printing lightbox panels

Discussion in 'Mutoh' started by heyskull, Oct 3, 2012.

  1. heyskull

    heyskull Very Active Member

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    I don't print many lightboxes but have 3 todo this week.
    The panels are 5mm white Acrylic.
    Is their a special setting like double passing that I should use?
    We are using Wasatch or Signlab 9.1 to RIP on our VJ1604.

    Thanks

    SC
     
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    Most 2 & 3 mil vinyls are translucent but many have an opaque adhesive. We have use Avery MPI 2920 and General Formulations 210 which have a clear adhesive and printed on our Falcon II and HP 25500. We have installed these materials on a number of light boxes over the past 3-4 years. We installed one across the street from our shop which has been there for more than 2 years facing west, and still looks good. I am sure if I held a something not exposed to the sun it would show some fading, but without that comparison, it looks good. I would suggest laminating, bird poop is hard on the ink.
     
  3. J Hill Designs

    J Hill Designs Major Contributor

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    um no, use an ACTUAL translucent vinyl.

    best way: print on translucent first surface, reverse print on clear second surface
     
  4. Gino

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    Are you direct printing or onto a vinyl for application ??
     
  5. CanuckSigns

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    Depending on the design, I always try to use cut translucent vinyl, I have yet to see a digital print that looks as good as translucent when lit up.
     
  6. GVP

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    +1
     
  7. heyskull

    heyskull Very Active Member

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    We are printing onto vinyl.
    The original specification was for laser cut/inlaid acrylic panels, but we have serviced their previously supplied sign and it takes at least 4 hours work to rebuild it as it is so fragile.

    SC
     
  8. signpost-boston

    signpost-boston Making America great, one sign at a time.

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    i print digital using translucent white via jv33.(double pass) prints come out just as good as an sign the Reagan Administration would have ordered...
     
  9. 401Graphics

    401Graphics Very Active Member

    Print on clear vinyl with a double pass with a half second delay between passes. that is how i do it on my mutoh 1204
     
  10. Gino

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    I think the OraCal translucents are the best.
     
  11. sar bossier

    sar bossier Very Active Member

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    We print all of the translucent vinyls we use, they look as good at night, as during the day ... We DO triple pass the ink, though.

    And, like Gino - ALL of our prints have always been Oracal Translucent vinyl.
     

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  12. J Hill Designs

    J Hill Designs Major Contributor

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    Need. More. Breathing. Room.

    :thumb:
     
  13. sar bossier

    sar bossier Very Active Member

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    Jessie ... I KNOW!! Ya dunna undahstand - theys wants to see dem frum da bottom of da hill ...

    :wink:
     
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