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  • Latex printing perforated vinyl help please

    Posted by Simon Worrall on November 30, 2022 at 5:53 pm

    Hi all.

    I finally called it on my antiquated roland SP540V and went LATEX! I bought a 335. (Applause!)

    Fabulous printer, loading is a pain in the ass, but Im sure ill get used to it eventually.

    However my biggest issue is printing contravision. It warps really badly with the heat. (using high quality Avery perforated vinyl) and touches the top surface of the heater, ruining the print.

    I have turned down the heat to 107, printed with the take up roller engaged (wasting a meter of material) which stretches it down a bit, and eventually managed to print the small car window job I was doing,

    but looking up inside the heater area, you can see it straining to touch the top surface.

    I have some large contravision windows coming up in December, and I really dont want issues with that.

    Can anybody recommend a brand of perforated vinyl thats designed for latex printing? Or a profile that is reliable?

    Thanx

    Leslie Anderson replied 3 weeks, 4 days ago 4 Members · 7 Replies
  • 7 Replies
  • Colin Crabb

    Member
    November 30, 2022 at 10:42 pm

    Only used Metamark, and have no issues – will check my setting on the 315 or 360 and post here.

  • Robert Lambie

    Administrator
    December 1, 2022 at 9:17 am

    I have a bunch of windows being done in it next week, ill check our settings to, mate.

    loading the vinyl will come to you mate. like everything there is just a knack to getting it every time.
    keep in mind you do not have to get it spot-on unless you are tracking long distances.

  • Robert Lambie

    Administrator
    December 7, 2022 at 1:47 pm

    Simon, I had a quick look at the controvision on our latex.
    We have a couple of profiles loaded for controvision such as Oracal and Image Perfect which run through the machine with no problem. I also see that HP have their own controvision generic profile. so maybe worth trying that one too.

    when I say try it, I just mean a test print. 🙂

    You may already know, but from directly on the printer’s control panel. you can search for profiles and it will auto-log into the HP server and download the required profile or you can install it from your PC into the printer. it’s pretty straightforward. but granted, if you are just getting your head around the machine it can all be a bit of a mind F**k!

  • Leslie Anderson

    Member
    December 8, 2022 at 12:02 pm

    if i ever struggle for a profile, i just use one of the pre-loaded HP profiles from the list. they have worked fine for me so far.

    • Simon Worrall

      Member
      December 8, 2022 at 5:48 pm

      Thanks Leslie and Rob.
      I looked through all the HP contravision profiles, and the curing heat on all of them looks to be really high, and the vacuum really low, which seems to be the problem.
      On advice from my supplier, Ive ordered the Promoview, and Ive figured out how to clone a profile, turning down the heat and you can add a delay between each printing pass to make up for it.

      • Simon Worrall

        Member
        December 9, 2022 at 7:20 pm

        Just to update, I printed 10 meters of promoview perforated vinyl yesterday, it went without any problems.

        1500ms interval, 107 degrees heat, 10 passes.

        Thanks for the suggestions everyone.

  • Leslie Anderson

    Member
    January 5, 2023 at 7:11 pm

    Glad you got there in the end Simon.
    i was told cheaper materials do not react well with the heat in latex machines. so if it is not working well with a profile, it is better to look for alternatives rather than trying to tinker with the profile. fortunately, i have only ever had an issue with some budget banner i was given for free!