Try Sihl’s New Self Adhesive Vinyl for Aqueous Inkjet Printers

Freedom Paper has added a new Sihl self-adhesive vinyl to our assortment of wide-format inkjet media for printers that use aqueous dye or pigment inks. This includes HP DesignJet Z and T series printers, Canon imagePROGRAF printers, Epson Stylus Pro printers, and other makes and models.

Self adhesive vinyl is a popular choice for printing signs, labels, stickers, or decals. Printed graphics can be permanently mounted to sign blanks such as foamboard, coroplast, or Dibond or directly on surfaces such as laptops, smartphones, album covers, and scrapbooks.

Sihl 3585 Premium Vinyl SA 270 Gloss is a 5 mil high-gloss vinyl backed with a permanent water-based adhesive and 5 mil adhesive-release liner. A permanent adhesive provides a lasting bond without curling at the edges.

Sihl 3585 Premium Vinyl

The water-resistant coating on this 10 mil self-adhesive vinyl/liner combination makes graphics printed with pigment inks sufficiently splash-proof for short-term outdoor display without lamination. For extended durability, you can apply a pressure-sensitive (“cold”) laminating film.

Sihl 3585 Premium Vinyl SA supports the high color density required for photographic images but dries quickly for easy handling, laminating, and mounting.

Sihl 3585 Premium Vinyl SA 270 Gloss is sold in 100-ft. rolls on a 2-inch core. Roll width options include: 24, 36, or 50 inches.

For more information, call the customer service team at Freedom Paper, 888-310-3335 or chat with us online at

Canon Introduces 60-inch imagePROGRAF PRO-6000

Canon PRO-6000 wide format inkjet printer

The Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-Series of 12-ink printers for high-quality photography printing and fine art reproduction now includes a 60-inch model. The Canon PRO-6000 is for print-service providers and studios that make top-quality 60-inch prints of photographs and fine art for galleries, exhibitions, museums, and interior décor.

Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-6000 printer

Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-6000


Like the other 12-ink models in the PRO Series, the Canon PRO-6000 provides Canon’s input-to-output photo printing support known as Crystal Fidelity.  This feature allows users to obtain print quality that accurately expresses the structure, clarity, and texture of photos shot with Canon EOS DSLR cameras.

Multifunction Roll System: With the included Multifunction Roll System, users can load one roll of glossy media and one roll of matte media and seamlessly print to both rolls without manually switching rolls. The Multifunction Roll unit will intelligently switch to the correct media. The second roll can also be used as a take-up unit on long, uninterrupted print runs.

LUCIA PRO Inks: Like other models in the PRO series, the PRO-6000 uses 11 colors of LUCIA-PRO aqueous pigment ink with a clear Chroma Optimizer.

The ink colors include Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Light Cyan, Light Magenta, Red, Blue, Photo Black, Matte Black, Gray, and Light Gray. This LUCIA ink set provides a broader color gamut and greater expression in darker areas of an image.

The Optimizer improves the evenness of the luster and reduces surface irregularities when printing on gloss and semi-gloss photo papers. This enables prints to be produced in the original captured colors, tightens up the black areas, and reduces bronzing.

The printer comes with 330 ml starter ink tanks. You can order larger (700 ml) or smaller (160 ml) ink tanks depending on which colors you use most often in your color and black-and-white photography. A combination of different tank sizes can be loaded on the printer simultaneously.

Consistent Color: An onboard sensor calibrates the printer, helping to ensure color consistency from the first print to the last and across multiple PRO-series printers.

Rigid Frame: The high-precision mechanical platform and uniform, rigid frame reduce vibrations during printing and support more accurate ink ejection during printing.

Easy Media Loading: The uncomplicated media-loading process minimizes the risk of unsightly fingerprints on the print from media handling during loading.

Software: The printer includes Print Studio Pro, a plug-in for Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom, and Canon Digital Photo Professional software. The Accounting Manager utility helps photographers track how much ink and media is used to print each image. The Device Manager Console enables users to manage up to 50 imagePROGRAF PRO Series printers from one location.

User Comments 

“I prefer Canon large-format printers because of their amazing quality as well as their outstanding reliability,” said Cody Ranaldo, technical director for Griffin Editions NYC, a full-service fine art photographic printing, imaging, and mounting studio. “With the new PRO-6000 printer, the singular printhead further improve the quality of nozzle alignment for cleaner, sharper images. I can launch an entire roll’s worth of prints and be confident I won’t find banding halfway through the batch. This is a huge advantage over the competition.”

Ranaldo also likes the printer’s dual-roll media loading system. It greatly reduces handling damage that can occur when switching back and forth between different types of media rolls.

Eric Luden, founder of Digital Silver Imaging in Belmont, Massachusetts, says “One of our best clients has been waiting to offer her work in 60 x 60 inches and is excited to now be able to offer fine art prints to a new client base. Commercial clients are especially excited to see the larger-scale prints for their lobbies and conference rooms. Our new Canon PRO-6000, which includes all the improvements we’ve come to enjoy in our Canon PRO-4000, will open up new opportunities and markets for our business.”

The imagePROGRAF PRO-6000 is expected to be available in August, 2017 with an manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $11,995.

Other Printers in the PRO Series

Other printers in the PRO-Series line include the 17-Inch PRO-1000, the 24-inch PRO-2000 and 2000S, and 44-inch PRO 4000 and 4000S, and 60-inch PRO-6000S.

The PRO-1000, PRO-2000, PRO-4000, and PRO-6000 printers use 11 colors of LUCIA PRO pigment ink with Chroma Optimizer for extraordinary print quality and precise color consistency in professional photography and art reproduction, advertisement design, and color-accurate proofs.

The PRO-2000S, 4000S, and PRO-6000S use 8 colors of LUCIA PRO ink for efficient, higher volume printing of retail graphics, concept and imposition proofs, and point-of-purchase signage.

For More Information

For information and special pricing on any of the printers in Canon’s imagePROGRAF PRO-Series, please call the custom-service team at Freedom Paper at 888-310-3335. Or send an inquiry to

Download a brochure for the PRO-2000, PRO-4000, and PRO-6000 here.

What You Should Know about Inkjet Paper Standards and Certifications

When you read the product descriptions and technical data sheets of different types of inkjet paper, you will come across terms or acronyms related to environmental standards or building or chemical-use regulations.

Global manufacturers of inkjet-printable materials are aware of all standards and regulations that affect how those materials will be made and used. But for most us, inkjet paper standards and certifications usually need some additional explanation.

Before reviewing some of the key standards and regulations cited in different types of inkjet paper products, let’s clarify the difference between standards and regulations.

Standards and Regulations 

A standard provides guidelines, rules, or characteristics that specific products should meet to achieve desired objectives. Standards are established by consensus and approved by a recognized body. Compliance with standards is voluntary.

In the case of inkjet media, if you want to assure your own customers that you use archival-grade paper, you should be aware of the ISO 11108 standard. If your customer worries that printing is destroying forests, choose a paper that is FSC-certified or PEFC-certified. Certification is the process used to ensure that a manufacturer’s product complies with the voluntary standards.

A regulation is a mandatory, government-imposed requirement. A regulation might specify certain performance characteristics of a product, process or service. Or it could require the disclosure of potentially hazardous chemicals  or the communication of safe handling, storage, and disposal procedures.

For example, building codes regulate that materials used in buildings meet certain safety, fire-resistance, or indoor air-quality performance standards. Some regulations start out as standards. Other regulations may specify that the products be tested using standardized testing procedures identified by the ASTM (American Society of Testing and Materials) or NFPA (National Fire Protection Association).

Here are some standards and regulations that appear on the spec sheets for inkjet bond papers, photo and art papers, and papers used for signs, displays, and wallcoverings.


The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) promotes the responsible management of the world’s forests. FSC certification signifies that the wood used to make the paper comes from FSC-certified, well-managed forests, company controlled sources, and/or recycled material.


FSC Chain-of-Custody certification traces the path of products from forests through the supply chain. The certification process verifies that FSC-certified material is kept separated from non-certified material throughout the chain.

The use of FSC-certified paper has grown significantly in recent years. The FSC now enables printing companies to apply for chain-of-custody certification and participate in the FSC Marketplace. The FSC Marketplace is a business-to-business platform that connects buyers of FSC-certified products with sellers of FSC-certified products.


The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) is a Switzerland-based organization committed to conserving forests. PEFC Certification provides a way for paper manufacturers and printing companies to assure their customers that the products come from sustainably managed forests.

Forest certification enables forest managers to demonstrate that the practices they apply to forests today are sustainable and that their forests meet both our needs and those of future generations.

ISO-9706 and ISO-11108

The International Organization for Standardization develops ISO specifications for products, services, and systems to ensure quality, safety, and efficiency.

The ISO-9706 standard sets specifications for unprinted “permanent paper” for documents and publications.

ISO-11108 standard is for unprinted “archival paper” intended for documents and publications that will be permanently retained and frequently used. The standard doesn’t distinguish between papers used for archived text documents and papers used for archived photos and art.

Both the permanent and archival papers must be free of acids and oxidizing agents (such a as lignins) and be buffered. Buffering with materials such as calcium carbonate help prevent acids from migrating from the print surface into the paper. And permanent and archival papers must also have a certain degree of resistance to tearing.

But an “archival paper” must be made from cotton, cotton linters, hemp, or flax and be able to tolerate some folding. An archival paper may contain a minor fraction of fully bleached chemical pulp. 

The ISO specifications for permanent and archival papers don’t consider factors that don’t affect the permanence and usability of the paper such as opacity, thickness, or brightness. A color change, such as yellowing around the edges, isn’t included in the standard for archival paper because it doesn’t affect the usability of the paper or the legibility of the print.


GREENGUARD certification helps architects and builders identify which products designed for use in building interiors have low chemical emissions. Builders and interior designers seek materials with low chemical emissions because they don’t want to inadvertently contribute to high levels of indoor air pollution.

According to an EPA booklet on indoor air quality “A growing body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air within homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outdoor air…People who may be exposed to indoor air pollutants for the longest periods of time are often the most susceptible to the effects of indoor air pollution.” This includes the young, the elderly, and the chronically ill, such as those suffering from respiratory or cardiovascular disease.

The EPA notes that “While pollutant levels from individual sources may not pose a significant health risk by themselves, most homes have more than one source that contributes to indoor air pollution. There can be a serious risk from the cumulative effects of these sources.”

GREENGUARD Gold Certification requires manufacturers to meet stricter certification criteria than basic GREENGUARD certification. The Gold certification considers the safety of sensitive individuals such as children or the elderly.

The GREENGUARD certification program is managed by the UL Environment business unit of the safety-sciences firm UL (Underwriters Laboratories). GREENGUARD certification is recognized by sustainable building programs and building codes around the world.

REACH Compliant

REACH stands for Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals.

REACH is a European Union regulation that addresses the production of and use of chemical substances. It is designed to improve the protection of human health and the environment from risks posed by chemicals.

The regulation recognizes that toxic substances don’t have to be ingested to harm human health. Chemicals can be inhaled or enter the food chain through plants, fish, or other animals.

A key element of the REACH regulation is the requirement to communicate information about chemicals up and down the supply chain so that manufacturers, importers, and their customers are aware of the health and safety of the products being supplied.

Why Manufacturers Cite Standards

Ten years ago, many products that were promoted as environmentally friendly weren’t backed by environmental science. This “greenwashing” caused confusion among consumers of inkjet media and other products.

Today, many companies have established goals for corporate social responsibility, including sustainable supply chains. They want to proof that all the products they buy come from companies that act in an environmentally responsible way. Certification by independent organizations helps provide this proof.

Plus, if you know that your printed artwork must meet certain expectations for long-term durability, it makes sense to choose inkjet papers that have been designed to meet standards for archival performance.

Inkjet-printable fabrics must conform with an entirely different set of standards and regulations than inkjet-printable papers. Some building codes specify the properties of textiles that will be displayed in public buildings. Other regulations govern inkjet-printed fabrics that will be worn as apparel. We will discuss these regulations in another post.

How to Install HP PVC-free Wall Paper

Installing HP Wall Paper

HP PVC-Free Wall Paper is an odor-free, PVC-free wallcovering material that can be printed on wide-format inkjet printers that use HP Latex inks. HP PVC-Free Wall Paper is flame resistant and meets multiple environmental certifications in the U.S. and Europe.

It is safe for use in even sensitive public environments such as schools and healthcare facilities.

Installing HP PVC-free Wall Paper

It is also durable enough to withstand the wear-and-tear of high-traffic locations such as hallways, lobbies, classrooms, meeting spaces, retail stores, and hotel rooms.

HP PVC-free Wall Paper resists mold, mildew, water, and scratches. And as an added benefit, it’s easy to install and remove. It doesn’t require any messy glues or water troughs.

This video shows that anyone can install this wallpaper with just water and a few simple tools that can be purchased at your local home improvement store.

Here’s a brief recap of the information covered in this video:

Gather the tools and supplies need for installation. This includes:

  • a damp sponge
  • a spray bottle filled with room-temperature water
  • a razor knife with multiple, sharp, fresh blades
  • a squeegee
  • a broad-edged metal putty knife
  • wallpaper primer

Before starting the installation, prime the walls and clean off all of the dust, dirt, and debris. Priming (also known as “sizing”) provides a uniform, evenly white surface for the wallpaper to stick to. It will also make it easier to remove the wallpaper when you’re ready for something new.  Allow the primer to dry for 24 hours and acclimate to the room.

To make the installation process go more smoothly, back-roll each panel of printed wallpaper.  This will relax any curl that remains after the printed panel was cut from the roll.

Once the walls have been primed and cleaned, stack the panels face down on a table. The panels should be stacked in the order in which they will be installed, with the first panel on top.

Spray the back of the first panel evenly with water. Then “book” the panel and let it set for five minutes. When you “book” wallpaper, you gently fold both ends toward the center of the panel. Don’t crease the folds; leave them loose. The pasted side will be facing in and the printed side will face out.

While your first booked panel is setting, spray and book two or three additional panels so you will be ready to apply them after you first panel is installed.

Hang the first panel at a corner of the wall or along a plumb line determined by the design of the room.

Unfold the top portion of the first panel and secure it to the wall. Once the top section is in place, unfold the bottom section and press it against the wall.

Squeegee out any air bubbles or wrinkles. Be careful not to damage the print.

When you’re done smoothing out the panel, wipe it with a damp sponge to remove any excess adhesive.

When you’re ready, move on to the other panels.

Repeat the installation process using the the preprinted overlap to ensure that the panels properly line up.

Once your entire wall is covered, use the razor knife with the broad edge of your putty knife to trim any excess wallpaper around the edges.

If you have covered up outlets on the wall, use your knife to cut openings in the panels.

Finally, go over the entire wall with a damp sponge to make sure all remaining water and adhesive have been removed.

In most environments, HP PVC-free Wall Paper will last up to three years.

Tips for Removal

Removing HP PVC-free Wall Paper is easy. If the wall has been primed, you should be able to peel it off with just a little effort. Peel the panel close to the wall to keep from damaging the walls while peeling.

If the wallpaper has been in place for more than three years, you may need to spray the wallpaper with a bit of water to help remove the paper.

If you plan to paint the wall or recover it with fresh wallpaper, you will need to remove any adhesive left behind.

Just use your damp sponge and broad-edge putty knife to scrape the adhesive off the wall.

Then reprime the wall. The best primer is a hybrid alkyd primer/sealer that you can find at your local paint store.

To order HP PVC-free Wall Paper, visit the Freedom Paper website. If you have questions, please chat with us online or call us at 866-310-3335.

HP Announces Everyday Blockout Display Film for Latex and DesignJet Inks

HP Everyday Blockout Display Film

HP Everyday Blockout Display Film is an economical, inkjet-printable display film that is compatible with both HP Latex inks and Original HP DesignJet inks.

Use it to produce pop-up and roll-up banner stands graphics, trade-show and event displays, indoor banners, or point-of-purchase retail displays.

The three-layer 9.8 mil composite display film combines top and bottom layers of white matte polypropylene film with a middle layer of opaque polyester film. This combination provides excellent lay-flat properties and dimensional stability for easy handling and installation. But it costs less than a polyester display film.

The light-blocking opaque layer prevents show-through, so the printed graphics always look clean and crisp.

The ink-receptive coating on HP Everyday Blockout Display film enables durable, quick-drying prints with either HP Latex ink or Original HP DesignJet aqueous dye and pigment inks.

HP Everyday Blockout Display Film is designed with the environment in mind and is REACH compliant. This means this inkjet-printable display film contains no chemical substances that could be harmful to human health and the environment.

HP Everyday Blockout Display Film is available on 100-foot rolls in three widths: 36 inches, 50 inches, and 60 inches. Click here to download a data sheet.

For more information, chat with the customer service team online at Freedom Paper or call 866-310-3335.


Sihl Earns Sustainable Business Recognition from SGIA

As a long-time supplier of Sihl inkjet media for wide-format inkjet printing, Freedom Paper is happy to report Sihl has received a national award related to the environmental impact of their operations.

Sihl Inc. in Fiskeville, Rhode Island, was one of 22 SGIA member-companies honored through the 2017 Sustainable Business Recognition program.

sihl logoSGIA’s Sustainable Business Recognition program encourages SGIA member companies to create and adopt sustainable business practices and to set an example for other companies to follow. The program recognizes member companies that have implemented projects that have improved employee safety and health, reduced environmental impact, and improved business efficiency.

“Sustainability is about more than the environment,” said Marci Kinter, SGIA’s Vice President, Government and Business Information. “It’s about business efficiencies, reducing waste, and conserving resources.”

Sihl products are manufactured at two coating plants in Duren, Germany and Bern, Switzerland. The Sihl U.S. operation in Fiskeville, Rhode Island imports large master rolls from Duren and Bern and converts them into wide-format rolls and cut sheets for shipping to customers in North America and Latin America.

The Sihl U.S. facility was honored for a process of recycling off-spec material. After identifying a recycling facility that could handle the unwanted material, Sihl employees came up with a process for collecting the rolls in a way that minimized their footprint — both in the facility and in the trailer that hauled them away. The unwanted rolls were collected using repurposed skids that were no longer fit for normal use.

“The team at Sihl Inc. is very appreciative of the recognition that they have received,” said Steve Conlon, VP of Operations. “They also understand that the preservation of the environment isn’t about awards, it’s about the commitment to a fundamental belief.”

Freedom Paper recently added more than 30 of Sihl’s newest products to our website, including products for HP Latex inkjet printers and HP PageWide XL printers.

About SGIA

The SGIA (Specialty Graphic Imaging Association) is a trade association for printing professionals. Members use digital printing for many different applications, including industrial production, graphics and signage, garment decoration, textile manufacturing, electronics, packaging, and commercial printing.

SGIA maintains a Sustainability Resource Library and  supports and endorses the Sustainable Green Printing Partnership Program. SGP is the industry standard for the certification and continuous improvement of sustainability and best practices within print manufacturing operations.

Design Group Prints Educational Board Game on Inkjet Fabric

HP Light Fabric in Board Game

Unlike traditional “board games” made with printed paper on paperboard, the “Save Your Streets” educational game produced by Participate in Design (P!D) was printed on HP Light Fabric with HP Latex inks.

Participate in Design is a non-profit community planning and educational organization based in Singapore. After a car accident in the city involved an 11-year-old cyclist, P!D produced “Save Our Streets: A Walkability Game.” The game and educational toolkit are being used to teach children about the importance of designing safe, livable, walkable communities.


To produce the game, PiD looked for a inkjet-printable material that was more durable than paper and could withstand the wear-and-tear of dozens of little hands.

“HP Light Fabric can be folded and is wrinkle-free, durable, water-resistant, and longer-lasting than paper,” explained Mizah Rahman, one of the founders of P!D.

He said the multiple environmental certifications of HP Light Fabric also influenced the decision to print the game on the fabric.

“As part of the game, we included concepts of environmental sustainability, so the green properties in the product of the board game added to our overarching vision,” said Rahman.

P!D plans to develop additional educational games that focus on green building concepts. Mizah affirms they would use HP Light Fabric again in the production of these educational materials.

HP Light Fabric in Board Game

Participate in Design helps neighborhoods and public institutions in Singapore design community-owned spaces and solutions. The organization was founded on the belief that everyone has the right to influence the design and planning processes that affect them. P!D services facilitate public participation and engagement in designing the built environment.

HP Light Fabric is a 15 mil, knit polyester fabric designed for printing with HP Latex inks.  Because this flame-resistant light fabric is REACH compliant and OKEO-Tex certified, it is suitable for applications that must meet high health and safety standards.

HP Light Fabric can be ordered from Freedom Paper in two sizes: 54 inches x 150 feet and 60 inches x 150 feet. For more information, call us at 866-310-3335 or chat with us online at

If you don’t have a latex-ink printer, we can suggest inkjet fabrics you can use with the HP Designjet or Canon imagePROGRAF aqueous inkjet printer that you use in your school or office.

Reference Guide for Sihl Aqueous Inkjet Media Helps You Choose Best Option

Sihl’s Reference Guide for Aqueous Ink suggests which Sihl aqueous inkjet media you should choose for different types of print requirements. The guide recommends products for different types of photo prints, posters, overlays and color separations, canvas prints, screen-printing positives, fabric transfers, window displays, backlit signs, and point-of-sale displays.

For example, here are some of the applications covered in the guide.

For printing photos with aqueous dye inks, use CADPerfect II photo paper. If you have an HP Designjet 5000 or 5500 with dye ink or a newer CAD printer that uses dye color inks and black pigment inks, Sihl suggests printing photos on their 7 mil CADPerfect™ II Photo Paper. Aqueous dye inks printed on inkjet photo papers that have microporous coatings can turn green if exposed to ozone in the atmosphere. The ink-receptive coating on Sihl CADPerfect II photo paper can prevent this ozone-induced color shift.

For creating mock-ups of package designs, try Sihl Imola Pearl Photo Paper PSA. The aggressive adhesive on Sihl 3670 Imola™ Pearl Photo Paper PSA sticks to most cardboard and the photo paper doesn’t shrink like PVC films can. The crack-resistant coating prevents white areas from showing up if the mounted print is wrapped around a box.

Sihl Imola Pearl Photo Paper PSA is also a great choice for printing photos that will be mounted on foamboards and other rigid substrates.

For everyday posters that include photographs use Sihl 3620 Maranello Satin Photo Paper. The instant-dry coating enables you to handle prints shortly after they come off the printer. The neutral white point on this 8 mil inkjet photo paper provides a pleasing, warm background.

For durable roll-up banner stand displays that will be used repeatedly at different sites or in high-traffic/high touch areas, use a polyester film that can be wiped clean such as Sihl SuperDry POS inkjet media.

For short-term indoor or outdoor displays that will be viewed from a distance, use an economical polypropylene film such as Sihl SyntiTec POS PolyPro Grayback or SuperDry SyntiTec PolyPro Outdoor Film Matte.

For wayfinding banners in a store or event venue, consider using a fabric banner material such as Sihl 3502 Expo Fire Retardant Banner. Graphics printed on fabrics are perceived as less intrusive than promotional banners on vinyl or polypropylene.

For printing portraits on canvas, use a canvas with a smooth surface structure. While natural canvas textures are great for art reproductions, the texture can make the skin in portraits look blotchy. Sihl Artistic Canvas is designed to minimize this effect.

For creating peel-and-stick letters or shaped graphics that will be contour cut and applied to flat surfaces, use an adhesive-backed polypropylene such as Sihl 3539 SyntiTec PolyPro Film with EasyTack.

For colorful window signs that focus attention on the text or graphics, use an optically clear polyester film with an extremely clear removable adhesive such as ClearStick Adhesive Clear Film.

For window displays that give the appearance of stained glass, use 3989 WindowGraphx Film with EasyTack repositionable adhesive. Because the film is designed to diffuse light from behind, the printed image appears to glow. A well-designed graphic can turn a window into a stunning focal point. EasyTack is Sihl’s proprietary repositionable adhesive for bubble-free application and residue-free removal from smooth surfaces such as glass, metal, and plastics.

The free 16-page Reference Guide for Aqueous Ink media can be downloaded here.

Sihl Digital Imaging is a long-time, global manufacturer of digital print media for display graphics, photo and art reproduction, point-of-sale (POS) advertising, CAD, in-office, and at-home printing. Sihl has manufacturing sites in the United States, Germany, Switzerland, and France.

Freedom Paper carries Sihl inkjet media for all types of wide format inkjet printers, including including those that use eco-solvent or solvent inks, latex inks, or UV-curable inks. If you have any questions about using Sihl inkjet media, call us at 866-310-3335 or chat with us online at





Sihl Makes Innovative Media for Eco-Solvent and Solvent Inkjet Printers

Sihl ClearSOL WetCling Film

At Freedom Paper, we offer a huge assortment of papers and other inkjet printable materials. Most of the products we sell are for use with aqueous dye and aqueous pigment inks. But we also offer eco-solvent and solvent inkjet media and materials that can be printed with latex and UV-curable inks. Many customers who began with aqueous inkjet printers now own at least one other inkjet printer that uses other ink types.

Aqueous inks are superb for printing photographs, art, GIS maps, technical drawings, indoor posters, and displays. But the newer ink varieties are more cost-effective for making outdoor prints and decorated objects. Solvent, latex, and UV-curable inks can produce weather-resistant signs and graphics that don’t require the added time and expense of lamination.

Sihl Bravo II Canvas

Recently, we added a batch of innovative products from Sihl for owners of printers that use solvent or eco-solvent inks (such as the Epson GS6000 and SureColor S printers, Roland SOLJet and TRUEVIS printers, Mutoh ValueJet, and Mimaki JV300 and CJV150).

Some Sihl products take advantage of the greater durability of solvent and eco-solvent inks. Others enable owners of eco-solvent-ink printers to output photographic and art-related jobs that are commonly output on aqueous inkjet printers. Below are a few examples.

Sihl ClearSOL WetCling Film: This ultra-clear, 5 mil polyester film lets you make window graphics that are super-easy to install and remove. Simply spray the glass with water, position the image, and squeegee it. You don’t have to mess with any adhesives or release liners. To remove the graphic, simply peel it off. Even if the window-graphic is displayed for months, there won’t be any adhesive residue on the window. Watch this video for a demonstration.

While signmakers use wet-cling films for promotional window graphics, you can also use Sihl ClearSol WetCling Film to make colorful labels and graphics for display cases or decorative window art for office décor.

Sihl TriSolv PrimeArt Paper is a durable, 8-mil, semi-gloss paper for applications such as posters, electoral maps, courtroom graphics, presentations, and architectural renderings.

Sihl TriSolv PosterArt Paper is an economical, 6 mil wet-strength poster paper with a satin print surface. It is great for outdoor-durable, scratch-resistant prints without lamination. This material feels like paper, but the fibers don’t come apart if the posted graphics get wet. Use it for temporary advertising billboards, construction signs, indoor or outdoor décor, exhibits, and promotions.

Sihl TriSolv PhotoArt Paper is a glossy 9-mil, bright-white photo paper with a water-repellant surface and a base that doesn’t come apart when wet. Use it for short-term indoor and outdoor photo displays, maps, and photo-rich promotional posters for special events such as concerts, films, exhibitions, and races. This paper provides high-quality color reproduction with dense blacks, extended shadow detail, and an even gloss level across the printed and unprinted areas of the image.

Sihl Bravo II Canvas is an archival-quality, 18 mil, 365 gsm matte artist canvas for the production of fine-art quality prints and decorative art graphics with solvent or eco-solvent inks. Prints on Sihl Bravo canvas remain free of cracks on the surface or edges during stretching or framing. Or, the printed canvas can be mounted to rigid boards using an adhesive film and a laminator or a spray adhesive.The finished art prints can be embellished with hand-brushed oils and acrylics.

Aurolux Backlit Film: This glossy, 9 mil backlit polyester film produces bright, crisp images for indoor and outdoor lightboxes, backlit casino games, beverage dispensers, and displays at airports and theaters. Images printed on this film are bright enough to be viewed whether the lightbox is turned on or off. This tear-resistant, dimensionally stable film is easy to install and impervious to drastic changes in temperature.

Pacifica Matte II Photo Paper This super-smooth, extra-white 7 mil, 180 gsm matte produces scratch-resistant, water-resistant photo prints with eco-solvent inks. Use it for high-quality photographic photo posters, indoor photorealistic posters, and mounted photo prints and photo posters. A barrier coating seals the base paper to prevent show through and cockling from heavy ink loads. The surface coating maximizes print density, color gamut, and shadow detail in images.

If you have any questions about these products, contact our customer-service team at 866-310-3335 or chat with us online at

Or, you can download Sihl’s Reference Guide for Solvent Ink materials here.



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