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Protective Coating For Dibond

Discussion in 'General Signmaking Topics' started by kmacabale, Sep 26, 2018.

  1. kmacabale

    kmacabale New Member

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    Hey guys, I was wondering if any of you coat your dibond with anything after printing. I print directly on dibond using an Oce Arizona. I was wondering if there are any products I can coat it with after printing to help the UV Ink from fading over time. Would laminating it be a better option?
     
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    TimToad Very Active Member

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    We've used FrogJuice and ClearShield Production with good results.
     
  3. kmacabale

    kmacabale New Member

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    Thanks, would this just be applied with some kind of roller after printing?
     
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    Bly Very Active Member

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    Laminate. Cast conforms better so you get less silvering but polymeric calendared is usually fine.
     
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    TimToad Very Active Member

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    The Frog Juice comes in either aerosol or liquid form. We use the rattle cans for smaller signs and you have to do several light mist coats first, then a good flood coat.

    Foam rollers don't work very well with the liquid form or the Clear Shield Production. It creates too many air bubbles. We use a Mohair type roller sleeve for that and it lays down pretty well.
     
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    I thought that many laminates over uv had adhesion issues, especially full bleed prints. Have you experienced this at all?
     
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    Bly Very Active Member

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    We've found Arizona 257 inks have reasonable adhesion.
     
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