Self Adhesive Vinyl
Cleaning & preparation
Self Adhesive films can be applied to a wide variety of substrates, provided that they are clean, dry, smooth, nonporous and free from grease, dirt, silicones or other contaminants. We recommend appropriate cleaning of every surface prior to application.
A detailed instruction sheet on all application methods is available from any of our sales team.
Invest in quality materials
Labour will inevitably make up the bulk of the production cost. Choosing the best possible material for the job will improve quality and enhance productivity while minimising wastage.
Beware of media deformation
Most materials are liable to shrinkage and deformation when printed on with solvent inks. The higher the quality of the material, the less susceptible it is to this process.
Handle your media with care
Print media needs to be acclimatised to the production environment at least 12 hours before use. Store your media upright or on prongs to avoid pressure marks on the face film, keep it dust free and always use lint free gloves.
Use the right profile
A correct media profile and regular re-calibration of your printer are essential to ensure optimal and consistent print quality. Proper profiles will enhance quality and save you money by ensuring the correct amount of ink is used. We offer this service to our customers please ask our staff for details.
Store solvent ink at room temperature
Store solvent ink at around 21 C, away from fire and flammable material. Please consult your local environmental services department for advice on disposal of excess inks and ink waste.
Check the ink expiry date
Solvent ink has a limited shelf life and will deteriorate when the expiry date has run out. For optimal print quality, check the ink expiry date.
Calibrate the printer
Calibration of your printer is essential for consistent quality printing. Calibration also referred to as a density adjustment or linerisation takes into account changes in the environment, media, ink and status of the print heads. Calibration should be performed using either a densitometer or spectrophotometer. We offer this service to our customers please ask our staff for details.
Perform daily maintenance
Solvent inkjet printers require regular cleaning and maintenance and down time should be restricted. Please refer to your printers manual or equipment supplier for the daily maintenance routines.
Allow enough dry time
Even though solvent ink is touched dry with in minutes, it is strongly advised to allow the material to be aired between 24 and 72 hours before proceeding to the next production stage. Solvents must be allowed to evaporate fully from the media before lamination, contour cutting or application.
Ventilate the production area
When working in an environment already laden with solvent fumes, the curing process will take longer. Air extraction will also help in optimising the production process by stabilising the environment, with improved quality as a direct result.
Create a healthy and pleasant working environment
Effective air purification or ventilation is recommended for all types of solvent printing in order to create a healthy and pleasant working environment.
Ensure stable environment
Solvent inkjet printers are sensitive to changes in the environment, including temperature and humidity. For consistent print quality it is recommended to keep your printer in a controlled environment as per the manufactures guidelines.
Laminates Wide Format
Prior to lamination make sure that:
- the main rollers of the laminator are clean
- the rollers are set at the correct temperature and pressure
- the laminates to be used are centred on the supply shafts.
When laminating solvent prints on self adhesive vinyl, always allow a min of 24 hours before laminating to avoid solvent trapping For best results, always use minimum supply shaft tension â€“ this will help stop curling and keep unnecessary stress out of the film These are guidelines only â€“ settings will change depending on the laminator.