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Post Mon Oct 25, 2004 12:25 pm

Do you use transfer tape on printed items?

Maybe a daft question - but when you've done a fairly big printed sticker do you apply transfer tape to make it easier for the customer to apply, or is this running the risk of the print lifting off the vinyl when the transfer tape is removed.
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Post Mon Oct 25, 2004 1:32 pm

it should make it easyer to handle and should not afect the print - just thought pc 60 prints done with wax ribbons will lift

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Post Mon Oct 25, 2004 11:00 pm

I'd say yes.
It makes it easier to work with and protects the print from scratch damage when applying.

With regards to print lifting, we use a very high tack clear plastic sheet
we printed with the Cadet and left for around 15 minutes then applied this stuff, absolutely no transfer of colour whatsoever, I was quite amazed as with the PC600 with resin ribbons it tore the print off.
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Post Tue Oct 26, 2004 12:32 am

Don't know if this applies or not but I did some prints on hotmark (tshirt stuff very good) with a PC600 and used the clear backing off other tshirt cut stuff (the clear sticky backing) and it ruined the prints overnight. Smudged them all.
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Post Tue Oct 26, 2004 4:41 am

If you digital print on polymerics and have high ink coverage , you have to use an app tape , otherwise its almost impossible to apply as the inks variably thin the vinyl and the print puckers in sections. I have found the paper based one works well. You must let the graphic cure a while before applying the tape.
If you lam , tape is not needed as the laminate strengthens the print and protects it during installation. The only time we have had problems is applying the plastic based tape a little too early and leaving it on for a long time. We often even apply app tape to small decals too , making them way easier for the customer to apply. The tape we use is very transluscent and has a grid printed on it , making positioning etc a snap.
There have been reports of problems with liquid lams/coatings and app tapes - seems to be solvable with extended curing time and low tack (the app tape was removing the liquid lam and graphics)
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Post Tue Oct 26, 2004 5:27 pm

Thanks for the replies. I've let the print cure for a while (approx 5 days) so hopefully it should be OK. Though I'll tell them if any problems to come back and I'll replace.

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