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G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M 2 0 2 1 S E P T E M B E R G R A P H I C S P R O 3 5 MAKE IT STICK It should go without saying, but get in the habit of quickly testing new products or materials before going into full production. It will only take a few minutes and could save you some time and rework in the future. Run a simple set of colored squares with and without a white underbase in your standard print mode. Once completed, you can scratch or use the ASTM tape test to verify your print. Repeat as needed when testing any of the options discussed during the rest of this piece. Start simple and go from there if your test print doesn't give you the results you're looking for. As you build your own library of experience, you will quickly reach for the results that provided the best adhesion in the past. Clean material and avoid overhandling Dirty material(s) full of greasy fingerprints can hurt adhesion. I've seen many customers solve the simplest adhesion challenges by simply wiping the product with an alcohol wipe prior to printing. Plus, this wipe can help those that work in high-static areas or environments. Clear ink (or varnish) can be your friend Depending on your printer brand or model, you may refer to it as clear ink or varnish. It doesn't matter what you call it, just know that it can help with adhesion and durability. These inks tend to adhere well to a wider range of materials than their white ink counterparts, so you can always start this test by simply printing a clear pass under your colored graphic. Oftentimes, this pass can be done in a faster print mode than your full-color graphics. AWARD WINNING UV DIGITAL INKJET PRINTERS We Make Product Customization a Breeze Contact us today to request your personalized live demo and sample kit. | 337.330.8471 | Many businesses are limited because they can't customize products in-house. At LogoJET, we make printers that print on almost any item, from golf balls to laptops, so you can print in-house to control your products and profits.

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