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Printing on metallic vinyl with Valuejet

Discussion in 'Mutoh' started by Sparky, Sep 7, 2008.

  1. Sparky

    Sparky Active Member

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    I am going for a worn effect on some R-Tape metallic stuff, but I can't get the ValueJet to read it OK and NOT give me an Undefined Media error. Right now I am testing this with some 15" material and I am loading it in the center to cover the media sensor.

    I tried turning off the media initial, but all it seems to think is that by turning it off, my media is 1000mm.

    Any tips?

    Thanks!
     
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  2. Sparky

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    so...I am the only one to try printing on this stuff?

    I see that you use very low heat and I need a quarter inch around printed edges to keep from lifting, but I am stuck at my printer trying to register the material...
     
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    Update Please?
     
  5. Sparky

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    Got busy... Sorry...
    No update as of yet. I am trying to get a sample to a customer showing that the ink will allow the metallic to show through, but then I got some fleet graphics, and a two-car deal, and then...., and then...

    The customers car will be in-town next week, so I will get to it - but tonight the printer will be busy most of the night. Love sleeping knowing I will have great prints in the morning!
     
  6. Sparky

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    UPDATE - - - -

    For whatever reason, this time, the Mutoh saw the R-Tape Brushed Aluminum material just fine and printed perfectly at low temps (30, 30, 35). The end result was a little dull, but after I laminated it, the result was very cool. The printed colors look wet and the lam made them pop.

    Their website (R-Tapes) said that heating the material is a good way to get it in the MINOR grooves of a cars body, but BE CAREFUL - too much heat will kill this material in a flash. In-fact, after my first heat experience, I decided that a post heat from a greater distance was all that I dared. I have a picture on my phone, but I will post a better picture in a couple of days - the car is locked up in a trailer right now...

    In brief - Try this material - it is very cool, and when it comes time to re-wrap the shop truck, I am going to use this stuff on some highlights (being careful not to break any laws about mirror-like graphics of course).
     
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