Ironbar

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    Glow in the dark self-adhesive printable vinyl?

    I don't know of any printable glow in the dark vinyl either but honestly I've never looked. There is plenty of glow in the dark vinyl out there though. If you have a printer you could print on regular vinyl, die cut it, and layer it onto the regular vinyl. Like Wildgoose said, it's not going to glow through the printed areas very bright anyway.
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    Do we really need a clear vinyl film over the decals

    Agreed. Differently do not laminate over layered vinyl. If it were printed vinyl and you needed it to last more than a couple of years then that is another story.
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    Outdoor Chrome

    I have a customer that is wanting me to cut decals for his boat in chrome vinyl. Everything I find chrome seems to be decorative and not rated for any decent amount of time outdoors. Can anyone recommend a chrome vinyl that will hold up at least 4-5 years outdoors? Thank you.
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    wanting to upgrade

    I went through this when I was looking for a new printer: This is completely my opinion I formed while shopping for a printer. Latex - Advantages: No clogs after sitting for a long period of time. HP 115 allows for in home/office setup by end user without having to deal with a dealer and all of their fees and contracts Almost zero smell (only smell is the vinyl being heated up in the drying process) No wait for out-gassing Very little maintenance on a regular basis. I have had mine for about 6 months and I have not done anything with it except print. New technology they are continuing to improve. Disadvantages: Requires 220v (not a major one to me but everyone harps on it) Parts *might* be an issue long term No print/cut combination (that I know of) (the barcode function of the HP/Suma/Graphtec cutters works GREAT though) Prints are not as "bright" Roland/ECO - Advantages: Years and years of use of these units and you can find help with almost anything. Great support & parts. Brighter prints Print/Cut combination units (saves space but costs time - might not actually be an advantage) Many sources for ink Disadvantages: Requires you to print often Requires routine maintenance (not hard to do though) Smell - ECO does not have very much of a smell but it is there All units I looked at required a deal being involved in the install and setup thus costing additional fees The same: Print quality is good with both types Print longevity is about the same Price is not really that far off depending on the unit About the same materials are available for both As far as outdoor signage. I've only had mine for about 6 months. I printed some unlaminated decals when I first started and stuck them to the back of my truck. They have not faded any noticeable amount. HP advertises that unlaminated inks will last at least two years. If you use a quality material and laminate it you will get about 7 years. This is my understanding. I think ECO is about the same. I was about to write the check for a Roland when I switched to the Latex mostly because I don't want to worry about running it every week. I think you can't go wrong with either one.
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    It's the 1st of the month..

    I second Always Sync. I used to use it as well. I find Backup Maker a little more automated but Always Sync does a great job. Allways Sync does not allow you to put the files in a catalog or compress them though. It also does not version files. At least the older version didn't. Allways Sync has its advantages though.
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    wanting to upgrade

    I don't think those are adapters for the latex. I believe they are completely different machines. I got invited to the HP demo here in Atlanta but I didn't go. I kept asking them for a estimated price and they would not give me one. So I'm thinking very expensive. One of the things I like the most about my Latex printer is I can let it sit for a long time without any worries. One of the main reasons that I want with Latex. I have a few different things I do with my business so I don't keep my printer running every day like a lot of the people on this forum. I've let mine sit for three weeks without any issue. I wouldn't be afraid to let it sit for three months though. No problem. I think a Latex unit would do exactly what you need it to but you would be printing on vinyl and applying it to corrugated. I also hope Dakota is wrong about the parts ----- or hopefully I will never need any. LOL
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    Recommendations on Sticker/Decal/Transfer Printer

    I have a 115 and I really like it. Yes you have to have power ran. Cost me $400 to have an electrician run it. You will also need good 220 volt surge suppressors. Yes you can do shirts and they come out great. I'm happy with the colors that come from the HP however I do believe the colors are the hardest thing to get correct. You HAVE to set up the profiles on your monitor correctly to match the printer or you will waste a lot of time and materials getting the colors right. You can't just pick a pantone color and expect it to be right with out the proper calibration. Of course, this is mostly true with an ECO machine as well. The downside to the 115 over the BN-20? About 7 feet difference in size. The thing is huge and is over 9' long. Then you will also have your cutter and laminator.
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    It's the 1st of the month..

    I personally love Backup Maker. It's simple, free for personal use and cheap to register, and automated. You can back up to NAS, external drives, where ever. My strategy is to back up all of my computers to my network storage which is running two redundant drives. I also save anything super important to the cloud. Then I use "cold storage drives" to back up the network storage once a month and I keep them encrypted at another location. I've had many drives fail and I've managed to come out almost every time with very little to no data loss. Check out Backup Maker. I've been using it for years and it is great.
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    Sublimation Problem - Black Ink Trash / Spotting

    Well I finally figured it out. I believe I actually had two issues. The spotting / trash I believe was actually moisture. I normally leave my paper in the printer tray and I have never had this problem before. I used some paper from the pack and I also placed some packing paper in the sandwich to absorb some of the moisture. Came out almost perfect except a little ghosting. I've never noticed the ghosting before but I believe it has always been there. I've never done a straight black on white print so it was not evident. Took me a bit of thinking to figure out what was causing it. My press is one of the "auto release" types. When it releases it does with a 'thud'. By holding the handle firm when it released, the ghosting disappeared also. So my margin is slim on this run but I learned a couple of valuable lessons. Thanks for all your suggestions and help!
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    Sublimation Problem - Black Ink Trash / Spotting

    I have not tried it on another substrate. I can try it on some generic panels to check. I've used this substrate many times before and never had this problem. Very odd.
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    Sublimation Problem - Black Ink Trash / Spotting

    Yes. Texptrint-r paper. Only printing one page. Allowing at least a few minutes to insure the ink is dry. In the Virtuoso print manager I am choosing ChromaLuxe Products, Texprint-R paper, and High Quality. I am using the Graphic Color mode. I thought it might be putting down to much ink. Black seems to be the only color doing this.
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    Sublimation Problem - Black Ink Trash / Spotting

    Ricoh - Sawgrass SG400
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    Sublimation Problem - Black Ink Trash / Spotting

    It's a clean vector file I created. I just double-checked and there is nothing there. Also, each version I press is different. There is nothing consistent about where the spots appear. I keep going back to the moisture causing the issue. I'm think I am going to try some different paper.
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    Sublimation Problem - Black Ink Trash / Spotting

    I'm sublimating to bracelets from Conde Systems. They are Chomelux bracelets. If there is a flaw, I can't see it with a magnifying glass. They look perfect before the sublimation. I even tried wiping them down with an alcohol swap and then dried them out and then blew them off with a can of air. No luck.
  15. I've never had this problem before. If you look at the attached pictures, the black ink seems to be spotting in different areas and I cannot figure out why. Any idea why I am getting these black spots in various places on this transfer? Here is what I did: 1) I thought it might be moisture so I made sure to lay the paper out on my press before and after the print to make sure it was dry. 2) I thought it might be gassing out so I made sure the press was nice and tight and I am taping it down properly. 3) I quadruple checked the graphic and the black spots do not appear in the artwork. 4) I also looked at the printed copy with a magnifying glass and I did not see them in the print either. 5) I checked the paper carefully. Nothing on the paper to be concerned with. Anyone have any suggestions? I'm baffled. Thank you.