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I finally tried one of the offerings from R-Tape this morning and it worked pretty well
The ink didn't pool and smudge as some other ones I tried
Here's my question:
I used the CSC profile thinking that it would come closest to ink deposit and heater settings that would work on this shiny, glossy stuff
It printed okay and definitely feels dry to the touch
But I'm not sure if I should have maybe picked a better profile.
Not sure which way to go here and don't want to waste a bunch of this (somewhat) pricy stuff if someone here could offer some better recommendations
I'm going to post a picture but it's basically useless
I couldn't get a good shot of the print.................I just get a shot of the reflection off the silver
Lady Di - Nice Manicure - LOL - I have nothing to offer but humor this afternoon. When I try metallic - I use the IW profile for metallic and think there is a roland one. I also had times had to turn off the heaters, because the ink had a tendency to run, when the metallic was heated.
You're so adorable, my friend
and always so helpful, even if you don't mean to be
My dilemma may be that I'm thinking backwards
Because this stuff didn't smoosh (loaded on a fairly heavy paper carrier sheet) and the ink didn't run and pool.........I was thinking that using a profile that raised the heat and didn't lay down a boatload of ink
might be better.
I guess I got scared when I used some other product that didn't work well with a metallic-like profile
I'm probably over-thinking this whole thing
The decals are printing now and they're (more than) fine for what I need
When they're finished, I do some more experimenting
If I come up with something even better than what I've got (which really isn't bad at all), I'll let everyone know
Lady Di - As usual thanks. If you are talking decals and not garment - then CCVP or even GCVP - I do low heat. Roland also has a Silver profile - used that also. I also do not let the print hang - as it comes out I drape it over a chair or something to have it go out oppose to down - to help the ink think of something other than running. Speaking on behalf of the VC community we will be waiting your results. LOL
I fussed awhile today, in case anyone is interested in my totally unscientific results.
Tried a few profiles and tweaked a few others....decided all my mucking around really had very little effect.
This stuff prints great (RTape VinylEFX) whatever you do or should I say, despite what you do
No ink pooling, no ink running.............it comes out dry to the touch right off the printer
I used the GG/GS profile with MaxImpact on my decals and they looked terrific.
If anyone is looking for a printable shiny smooth silver, I highly recommend this stuff
Everything else I tried (even though they claimed it was eco-sol printable) caused too many issues
VinylEFX, in my book, is practically idiot-proof
2 thumbs way way up!
Hi Lady Di,
I'm going to be printing a bunch of decals using this RTape VinylEfx Brushed Silver vinyl. Which Versacamm model do you have? I guess I'll start by using the GG/GSPVC profile and go from there.
That is some high-end tech material you got there! Looks really nice. Quick question. What printer did you get the media printed off? How much a roll were you quoted for what you got?
Lady Di, the manicure still looks nice - LOL - see you at ISS-AC right?
Okay, Kevin from what I can see, I tried all different profiles.........however, some of that fussing had to do with trying to get silver/gold media printed before I found the FX stuff.
When I finally tried the FX, as I recall, it wasn't too fussy at all. It printed & dried well with almost everything I tried.
The last 2 jobs I did, I used GG/GS but as I said, I think other more generic profiles worked just fine too.
One side note.
The media is very thin. If you're not cutting through a bleed line, you should be okay with only adjusting your blade force.
If you're cutting through a bleed line, though, I strongly recommend you use PrePress to reduce the amount of ink that gets put down.
I did a bunch of record labels for a DJ that were sort of reverse printed. The round label was printed black. I left the center gold (media) G unfilled. When I printed with MaxImpact, I had curling issues.
These pictures come out terrible because of all the reflection but I'm hoping you get the idea.
................and Irv, my bags are packed, reservations made.
Road trip here we come. Can hardly wait!!!
Thanks LD. Good to know about cutting though the bleed. Noticed their website recommends allowing a 1/4" border. I'll start fussing with it later this afternoon. Thanks for all your help.