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Ok, well I finally got around to testing out some of the colorprint pu matte which I had picked up at Atlantic City in the spring. The sample roll has been sitting here for literally months and I had forgotten about it until I ran out of quick print which I use by the ton, and was in panic mode. I was literally in a bind so I thought I would give it a try........ nightmare city to say the least. It printed fine, but the masking and applying just simply wouldn't work. I would squeegee the hell out of it and out of 10 samples I tried, I only could salvage 2, which was what I needed to finish the job. I even called and spoke to the company to make sure I wasn't doing something wrong, but no I was using the correct mask, and even the 45 degree squeegee action that they insist on and no such luck. They really had no answer. So I wasted a ton of time, but reaffirmed why I love quickprint!
Could the results be from it being old? I have tried it and it masked great for me? It is VERY stretchy though and I would NEVER use it for small lettering but for something that is a solid piece it worked beautifully. Just my opinion though.
Hmmmmm geesh I didn't think of that.... if 7 months though is considered old them I am in trouble here, I have quite a few of imprintables samples that I am trying to get to at some point and they are much older than that! The image I was trying to do had 2 inch high letters and a large oval, no little lettering. Stretchy is putting it mildly, it was crazy. I did like the feel of the two that I was able to do, but I am not sure it is worth trying again.
My last batch of PU was a nightmare 2. I was told by my supplier to lay the masked product face down and pull the carrier away from the masked print in a strong quick motion. Also said to use the heaviest tack masking availiable or to use rhinestone masking.
Yup, tried all that, and yes there was swearing!
There is a bunch of colorprint naming products out there. What I found is to squeegy and peel right away not wait until all are squeegy. Like Butch I have used stone masking and that worked also. There is another colorprint called evolution - thicker but presses well, thin, and no quickprint glue trail. I have also pressed it with no masking and when you remove it from the carrier w/o mask I did not get any distortion. IJS
Thanks for the comments Lady Di, Been back and forth on it, love QP but want something thinner and stretchier. Gonna order some tomorrow.
May I ask what masking you are using ? I having a heck of a time with masking on this new batch.
Thanks, thats what my supplier was supposed to have shipped. I'll order some more mask from a different source and see if thats the issue.
I got mine through imprintables. Used evolution mask and it was great.