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Martyn Heath

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Post Tue Feb 06, 2018 5:56 pm

Printed lightbox redo. Which method to use

Hi guys,

I did a lightbox last year, printed which i got from my print supplier. They are now wanting to change the design.

Im now running my own printer but do very little lightbox work. I talked to my supplier today and they offered monomeric and polymeric lightbox vinyl. Now the polymeric seems very expensive. So would the monomeric be upto the job? i would laminate it with a good polymeric.

Or would using transparent vinyl be a better option? as i would get more use out the rest of the roll.

Thanks
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Post Tue Feb 06, 2018 8:05 pm

Re: Printed lightbox redo. Which method to use

Hi Martyn,

I’d personally go with the polymeric vinyl for this. Acrylic expands so a monomeric wouldn’t be up to the task. Laminating a monomeric with a polymeric will only be as good as the monomeric, so no advantage there.

All the best,
Chris
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Post Wed Feb 07, 2018 8:00 am

Re: Printed lightbox redo. Which method to use

By “Transpent” you mean translucent?
Using non-translucent vinyl on s light box:
Day time light box will look ok.
Night time all colours will appear very dark.
Some clients have noticed the difference and I had to redo box.
Offer both and let client decide. Make him aware of colour appearance at night for non-translucent vinyl and price differences. Then you are covered I think.
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Post Wed Feb 07, 2018 8:32 am

Re: Printed lightbox redo. Which method to use

Pane Talev wrote:By “Transpent” you mean translucent?
Using non-translucent vinyl on s light box:
Day time light box will look ok.
Night time all colours will appear very dark.
Some clients have noticed the difference and I had to redo box.
Offer both and let client decide. Make him aware of colour appearance at night for non-translucent vinyl and price differences. Then you are covered I think.


Hi pane. No i did mean transparent, clear. I believe you can print on clear and put onto the white opal which should give a good enough effect.
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Post Wed Feb 07, 2018 9:09 am

Re: Printed lightbox redo. Which method to use

Print on clear vinyl - colours looks very washed to me.
When not possible to do the job in cut translucent vinyl I print light boxes on
Metamark MDT Translucent Digital Vinyl + its recommended laminate
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Post Wed Feb 07, 2018 10:03 am

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Light boxes I'd avoid transparent print with white backing unless you really have no choice.

Use a 'Duratrans' media - +1 for the Metamark products, we use a lot of the BL2 media - it prints soooo nice, great colours etc, something that would be impossible to produce backing with white from experience.
I think Metamark do a 5m roll too.
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Post Wed Feb 07, 2018 10:43 am

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Thanks for the answers guys
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Post Thu Feb 08, 2018 8:32 pm

Re: Printed lightbox redo. Which method to use

Print on clear. Overprint twice and back with white. Mount onto the back of clear acrylic for premium finish. Pic of one I did last week. Lights are off in the unit so the colours look dark. Another with lights on with duratran print. [img]https://www.uksignboards.com/mobile-gallery/0d55a4d6999bd9d1f106ced1bc1009dd.jpg[/img]

In my opinion duratran print quality is incredible but I had sandwiching it between acrylic. Can look loose and wrinkle sometimes. [img]https://www.uksignboards.com/mobile-gallery/54a95362df9820c19b14fdbb95cc049b.jpg[/img]
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Post Thu Feb 08, 2018 9:46 pm

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[quote="Andrew O Brien"]Print on clear. Overprint twice and back with white [img]https://www.uksignboards.com/mobile-gallery/0d55a4d6999bd9d1f106ced1bc1009dd.jpg[/img]

How do you overprint twice? Is this a setting in the your rip software? What machine and rip are you running?
By any chance are you talking the amount of passes the heads do?
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Post Thu Feb 08, 2018 10:12 pm

Re: Printed lightbox redo. Which method to use

I’m running Roland on versaworks and mimaki on rastorlink.

Definitely called overprint on rastorlink. Can’t remember what’s it’s called in versa. Basically puts two layers on ink down. Passes is a separate thing.

What are you running?

If you choose to reverse print on clear and mount on the acrylic. Don’t forget to mirror print it. I’ve always got better results wet mounting it on the acrylic then dry mounting.
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Post Thu Feb 08, 2018 10:59 pm

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I’m running hp latex through onyx, I’ll have to have a look for something like that!

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