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  • Printing golf balls, print life expectancy advice, please?

     David Wilde updated 2 months, 1 week ago 3 Members · 7 Posts
  • Matic Serbelj

    Member
    August 17, 2020 at 2:40 pm

    Hey!

    I recently bought a mimaki ujf 6042 mkii and am printing on golf balls. The print is good but am searching for a method so that the print lasts a bit longer than one round. Do you guys spray the balls with another clear coat? I thought about dipping the balls in a clear coat and leaving them to dry. Any other ideas?

  • Robert Lambie

    Administrator
    August 17, 2020 at 2:57 pm

    I am not a golf guy by any means, but does the print on balls normally withstand the hits and chips from a club?

    even with a liquid coating, I can’t see them being a whole lot better.

  • David Wilde

    Member
    August 17, 2020 at 3:11 pm

    I’m a golfer, i’m almost certain that ‘dipping’ a golf ball in any sort of lacquer or resin is entirely detrimental to the ball quality and also, I think, against the rules.

    Printed logos usually with stand a decent knock and in my experience the logo usually lasts longer than I can manage to keep the ball itself.

  • David Wilde

    Member
    August 17, 2020 at 3:14 pm

    I should point out that its the ‘dipping’ bit I think is the problem, not an extra layer of overprint.

  • Matic Serbelj

    Member
    August 17, 2020 at 4:13 pm

    I bought some golf balls in december, printed directly in Srixon with my logo … factory printed and the logo was great. they print and then do another layer of clear so thats what i am trying to do. when i play, the balls usually last a few holes and the print comes off. I will do some testing so I dont get customers coming back to the shop with “faulty” balls. What do you tell your customers about the durability?

  • Robert Lambie

    Administrator
    August 18, 2020 at 12:59 am

    @matic-serbelj

    could it be that you need to prime the surface of the ball “before” printing?
    This may help prevent the ink chipping or flaking when it’s being hit?

  • David Wilde

    Member
    August 18, 2020 at 6:47 am

    Sounds plausible Rob. I have to say I’ve never had any issues with personalised balls fading or the logo chipping in the past so there must be a way around this.

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