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QUESTION? Wide Format Printers what ........

Discussion in 'Newbie Forum' started by vinylink0331, Apr 12, 2008.

  1. Hey Guys, This question is for anyone who does in-house printing? When u think back to the first time you operated your wide-format printer, What stands out as the issue that gave you the most trouble & headaches? Im in the process of getting our's up and running & Im interested in knowing how things went for you guys during those first few months of learning your new equipment.
  2. cdiesel

    cdiesel Very Active Member

    Jan 28, 2005
    Phoenix, AZ
    Color. Profiles are a PITA 'til you get them figured out.
    Banding. It's usually a function of the profile, but once you figure out how to adjust your feed calibration you'll be okay.
    Lamination. You'll ruin more than a few prints as you get the hang of it.

    Those are the biggies we struggled with, but once you get the hang of everything, it goes like clockwork.
  3. Ken

    Ken Major Contributor

    Feb 7, 2005
    Echoing Chris's reply I would also add good tracking on long prints.12 - 16 ft plus. If it's tight to the edges, try running the material all the way thru before starting the print.
  4. eforer

    eforer Active Member

    Nov 2, 2006
    I would say the two above posts cover it pretty well. The best thing you can do is find a good resource for your printer for information. Forums/users groups etc. They will save you a lot of headaches.
  5. Big House Signs

    Big House Signs Active Member

    Jul 23, 2007
    you got that right....we screwed up so many prints and for the longest time I was so intimidated by the laminator...but finally got the hang of it, thank god!! And now I want to laminate everything!!

  6. petepaz

    petepaz Major Contributor

    Feb 14, 2007
    all of the above
    and printing on new rolls of vinyl and the first 12" or so have your finger prints or you can see where the tape was that kept the roll from unrolling
  7. Baz

    Baz Very Active Member

    For me it was figuring out what caused and how to control banding issues ... Learning about photo resolutions and how the final output looked compared to the picture on the screen. After a few months when you start having drops of ink on your prints or missing colors you start learning about maintenance :) ...

    I've been doing liquid laminating since the start (6 years ago) and applying film laminate by hand. That wasnt a big learning curve. But i received my nice new Royal Sovereign 54" laminator yesterday and i expect to screw up a couple of jobs next week (hopefully not ... seems straight forward and user friendly) but we'll see ....

    Good luck with your new equipment :thumb:
    BTW ... what did you get?
  8. jgolo

    jgolo Member

    Oct 19, 2005
    The "tape" mark still gets me when I rush things.
  9. KR3signguy

    KR3signguy Very Active Member

    Jul 11, 2007
    ... color correcting large batches of files before we used color management. Yuk.

    ...using different pdf settings per native file format.

    ...color management, all worth while but first there was difficulty wrapping my head around it at first.

    ...troubleshooting garbage files, which have taken years to perfect & is an ongoing battle.

    ... figuring out you have a garbage roll after you've tried hours of troubleshooting & second guessing yourself.
  10. Fuzzbuster

    Fuzzbuster Active Member

    Mar 23, 2008
    Profiles Profiles Profiles:wink:

    That covers about everything???

    oh ya! I forgot.......Profiles:cool:

    PS Patience helps too in the begining:Big Laugh

    Besta luck
  11. iSign

    iSign Major Contributor

    Nov 29, 2003
    Kahului, Maui
    I used 13 oz banner material, but only wanted to tape-hem the 2 ends.
    Grommmets pulled out easily in the wind & I had to eat a few banners.

    Switched to 15 oz only, and added a small extra square of 15oz cloth behind banner, at each grommet. that resolved that.
  12. cdiesel

    cdiesel Very Active Member

    Jan 28, 2005
    Phoenix, AZ
    The garbage roll thing is a pain..
    About six weeks ago, we were under a tight deadline and broke open a new roll of 3951. I couldn't get that thing to print without banding to save my life. Worst banding I'd ever seen! After messing with it for about three hours, I switched to a roll of 180C (the rest of the job was previously done in 3951), and it printed perfectly. Our service company was busy and couldn't make it out that day. This was on a Friday. On Monday I was able to print on the 3951 using our normal settings without any problems at all. Service tech told me afterwards that the problem was probably "environmental" due to the fact we had some rain on that Friday. That was fun!
  13. gnemmas

    gnemmas Active Member

    Nov 7, 2006
    Garbage ink cartridge.

    The other day we were printing job with burgundy color. Bunch of white pin holes in the prints. First suspect is the vinyl. Swap to a new roll, same thing. Test print swatch of CYMK. Turn out it was the Magenta only. Swap a new magenta cartridge, problem solved.

    Another episode of Sign Shop CSI.
  14. eforer

    eforer Active Member

    Nov 2, 2006
    Last week, bad roll of 3651 and a bad roll of sihl banner material (they are often bad and only purchased out of desperation). Nothing is more frustrating when you don't have an extra roll in stock and you're in a rush.

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