Choosing Fabric Banner Materials for Aqueous Wide-Format Inkjet Printers

Soft signage is popular because inkjet fabric graphics are easier to ship, store, and recycle than traditional display films or banner vinyls. Many supersized fabric backdrop walls, backlit fabric displays, and hanging fabric banners at trade shows are printed on grand-format dye-sublimation inkjet printers. But you don’t need a dye-sub inkjet printer to make your own soft signage.

If you want to print budget-friendly polyester fabric banners, soft signage, fabric decals, or other products on the wide-format aqueous inkjet printers in your office or studio, Freedom Paper offers several options. This includes our own line of value-priced, tear-resistant fabrics. The Freedom Paper collection of products includes two adhesive-backed fabrics and three banner and decor fabrics.

The banner and decor fabrics can be used to make indoor and outdoor soft signage, tote bags, and event decor such as photo backdrops, stage decorations, wall drapes, gift bags, table covers, and table runners.

The adhesive fabrics are great for temporary, easy-install posters, wall murals. and contour-cut wall decals.

If you have never ordered soft signage fabrics before, note that polyester banner fabrics are different than polyester fabrics for apparel.

How Banner Fabrics Differ from Apparel Textiles

The technical fabrics used for banners have a higher “denier” than most apparel textiles. Denier (pronounced denYAY) is a unit of measurement that compares the thickness of yarn used to create a specific fabric. Larger numbers indicate thicker, sturdier yarns. The standard fabrics used to make apparel range from 1D (for ultra-sheer pantyhose) to 80D (for yoga pants) or 120D for jeans.

Durable textiles for flags, banners, tents, backpacks, duffle bags, furniture covers, and camp chairs typically fall in the 150D to 600D range. So, a “lightweight” polyester banner fabric looks and feels sturdier than a “lightweight” dress made with 10D microfiber polyester.

Freedom Paper Banner Fabrics

At Freedom Paper, we offer three weights of inkjet fabrics that can be printed with the aqueous pigment inks used in newer models of wide-format printers for offices, photo studios, and design firms. These materials are also compatible with printers that use latex and UV-curable inks.

Super Heavy Fabric Banner Material (FP513) – 600D x 600D

This strong, versatile, 13 mil, polyester fabric banner material has a rich, canvas-like weave. You can use Super Heavy Fabric Banner Material to make hanging and roll-up banners, wall drapes, stage backdrops, aprons, table covers, pillows, decorative art, and tote bags.

This water-resistant matte coated fabric resists tearing and can be displayed outdoors for up to six months. It is available in 24, 36, 24 and 60-inch roll widths.

FP506 Heavy Banner Fabric Material
FP506 Heavy Banner Fabric Material300D x 300D

This durable, 9 mil, water-resistant, polyester banner fabric has a tight, consistent weave. Use this 300D x 300D fabric to print hanging banners, banner-stand graphics, economy gallery wraps, backdrops, and point-of-sale or POP displays. The fabric is sturdy enough not to bunch up during printing and can be hemmed or sewn to other panels to create larger graphics.

Heavy Banner Fabric has an extremely bright white point to produce vibrant colors and deep blacks. Prints made with aqueous pigment inks can last up to 1 year indoors, and 6 months outdoors.

FP505 Ultra Light Fabric Banner – 150D x 150D

This 8-mil water-resistant 150D x 150D polyester fabric also has a tight consistent weave. This fabric is a good option for indoor and outdoor flags, banner stand graphics, table throws, table runners, and decorative point-of-sale displays.

It resists bunching during printing and can be hemmed for hanging. It can also be sewn with other panels to make larger graphics. The bright white point on Ultra Light Fabric Banner material produces vibrant colors and deep blacks. Pigment ink graphics will last up to 6 months indoors and 3 months outdoors. This fabric is sold in 36-, 42-, 50-, and 60-inch roll widths.

Freedom Paper Adhesive Fabrics

Advances in adhesive technology have improved the versatility of adhesive-backed fabrics. Some removable adhesives work best for temporary graphics on very smooth surfaces. Newer high-tack adhesives on sturdier fabrics can be used to make longer-term and contour-cut graphics on a wider range of smooth and textured surfaces.

FP512 Self-Adhesive Matte Polyester Wall Fabric – 150D x 150D

This strong, but lightweight, 8 mil, matte, woven polyester fabric for wall graphics has a removable acrylic adhesive on a 6 mil liner. Use it to produce temporary indoor wall murals and window signs.

The printed graphics on this sturdy 150D x 150D fabric can be easily applied to smooth walls and glass surfaces without bunching or bubbling. The graphics resist scratches and water damage and don’t stretch out during installation. The acrylic adhesive removes more cleanly than traditional wallpapers. This fabric is available in 24-, 36- and 54-inch widths.

FP517 Heavyweight Polyester Wall Fabric with Hi-Tack Removable Adhesive

FP517 Heavyweight Polyester Wall Fabric with Hi-Tack Removable Adhesive – 300D x 300D

This strong, water-resistant 11 mil woven polyester fabric has a high-tack removable adhesive on a 5 mil liner. This 300D x 300D matte fabric is ideal for making easy-up/easy-down indoor murals, contour-cut wall decals, carpet graphics, and easy-to-change PVC-free signs.

The printed fabric can be applied without bunching, bubbling, or stretching and resist scratches and water damage. Graphics printed with aqueous pigment inks last up to one year indoors and six months outdoors. This fabric is available in 36-inch rolls.

Other Options

Freedom Paper also offers banner fabrics and adhesive fabrics from other manufacturers. Below are some of the other products you can order from the Freedom Paper website:

If you have questions about any of the banner fabrics and adhesive fabrics on the Freedom Paper website, please call us a 866-310-3335 or chat with us online.

Freedom Paper Offers Eco-Smart Recycled Non-Woven PET Inkjet Banner Material

If you need a outdoor-durable, water-resistant PVC-free inkjet banner material consider Freedom Paper’s new 15-mil Eco-Smart Recycled Non-woven PET Banner Material for aqueous, latex, or UV-curable inks.

This recyclable non-woven polyester banner fabric is made from pressed recycled PET (polyester) fibers. It can be used anywhere you would use a coated scrim banner vinyl material. It’s great for hanging banners, pole banners, roll-up banner-stands, and outdoor event signage that requires earth-friendly, recyclable graphics. 

Freedom Paper Eco-Smart Recycled Non-Woven PET Banner Material

Our ultra-strong Eco-Smart Recycled Non-Woven PET banner material weighs only 220 grams per square meter, so it easier to hang than the heavier scrim-banner vinyl banner materials It can be hole-punched for grommets, sewn, or hemmed with double-sided banner tape. Short-term banners don’t need to be hemmed.

Freedom Paper Eco-Smart Recycled Non-Woven PET Banner Material can be ordered from the Freedom Paper website in two sizes: a 36 in. x 100 ft. roll and a 60 in. x 100 ft. roll. For more information, chat with us online at the Freedom Paper website or call us at 866-310-3335.

Three Trends in Trade Show Booth Graphic Materials

Keeping up with trends in trade show booth graphic materials can be a challenge. But it’s a must for in-house printing groups and print-service providers.

For many businesses, trade shows are key components of their marketing strategy. A trade show provides an unbeatable opportunity to raise brand awareness within target customer groups, publicize new products, sell products, and meet face-to-face with strategic business partners, journalists, and current and prospective customers. A well-run trade-show booth can also help boost social-media follows and subscriptions to email newsletters.

So, even if a trade show is often the single largest expense in an organization’s marketing budget, the payoffs  can be substantial. With creative communications before and after the show, a trade show booth can generate returns long after the event has ended.

Fabric graphics in HP booth. Photo: Brand Management Group

If your company will be exhibiting at a trade show this year (or printing trade-show graphics for other companies), here are three trends in trade-show booth materials you should consider:

Print on Fabrics. Signs and images on inkjet-printable fabrics are called “soft signage” because they have a warmer, more inviting look than more rigid, laminated graphics. Plus lightweight fabric graphics can be easier and more economical to ship. HP recommends these two fabrics for trade-show graphics: HP Light Fabric and HP Durable Backlit Fabric.

 

Recyclable trade-show graphics on HP materials. Photo: Brand Management Group

 

Go Green. Many consumers are concerned about the environment and prefer doing business with companies that demonstrate a commitment to using environmentally friendly materials. HP recommends these recyclable options: HP Everyday Matte Polypropylene and HP Backlit Polyester Film.

Create Branded Walls. Use the wall space in your booth for branding. Custom-printed wallpaper with brand graphics can create an inviting space for demonstrating and discussing your products and services. HP recommends HP PVC-Wall Paper

Freedom Paper offers a huge assortment of wide-format inkjet media for trade-show graphics. For information and recommendations, chat with one of our wide-format experts online or call 866-310-3335.

 

 

 

Seven Trends Affecting Paper Manufacturing and Costs

Since the Great Recession of 2008-2009, the paper manufacturing business has undergone some major changes. As the U.S. economy enters a growth mode, some of these changes are now creating paper shortages.

These shortages are driving up the costs of the coated and uncoated paper stocks that are used for everything from marketing materials, manuals, and packaging to office documents, engineering drawings, and architectural renderings.

Paper manufacturing plant
Pulp and paper mill. (Photo: ©hxdyl/www.123RF.com)
Background

During the Great Recession, marketers and publishers slashed printing costs by publishing more content online instead of printing catalogs and magazines. As the big printing companies suffered sharp declines in the demand for high volumes of printed publications, the demand for printing paper dropped too.

Big printing companies and paper mills both started focusing more attention on package printing, because printed packaging can’t be replaced with digital content. Some U.S. paper mills started exporting more of their products overseas.

The rising interest in sustainability also affected paper manufacturing. After environmentalists called attention to problems associated with paper manufacturing, the mills adopted long-term goals to:

  • Increase paper recovery for recycling
  • Improve purchased energy efficiency
  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • Promote sustainable forestry practices
  • Improve safety
  • Reduce water use

According to the 2016 “The Better Practices, Better Planet 2020” report, by the American Forest & Paper Association, some goals have already been surpassed and mills are making substantial progress on the other goals. The 2020 goals were established in 2011 and based on 2005 benchmarks.

Paper manufacturing is a very capital-intensive business. Higher energy costs and environmental investments have made it more costly for paper companies to operate or expand their existing facilities.

As U.S. paper mills revamped their operations for environmental improvements over the past 30 years, they didn’t invest in the newer, faster, and bigger manufacturing machines that are used by paper manufacturers in Europe, Asia, and South America. Most paper-making machines in the U.S. are more than 40 years old.

Paper mill cogeneration facility
Many paper mills have invested millions of dollars on high-efficiency power co-generation facilities. With these on-site facilities, pulp and paper mills use biomass such as wood waste and short-fiber cellulosic residuals to generate some of their own electricity. (Photo: ©Moreno Soppelsa, www.123RF.com)

Today, the demand for paper continues to be difficult to predict accurately. As the use of printed materials continues to evolve, major printing companies are keeping their customers informed about some of the trends that affect the cost of coated paper stocks. Here are facts reported in printing-industry blog posts and paper-industry associations.

Trends That Drive Up Costs

The number of paper mills in the United States has decreased. Two major U.S. manufacturers of coated paper closed in 2017. And 18 pulp and paper mills in the Southeast were shut down either temporarily or permanently after Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

Plus, the new owners for Appleton Coated have announced they will no longer make coated paper. SAPPI is shifting some of its paper-manufacturing capacity from coated paper to packaging grades of papers.

But there is no shortage of paper worldwide, and some paper distributors are replacing domestically manufactured papers with imported papers.

The price of wood pulp is rising. There is global competition for the raw materials used to make paper. Analysts predict that wood pulp costs will rise at an annual rate of about 5.1 percent through 2019.

A shortage of truck drivers is driving up shipping costs and delivery times. According to the American Trucking Associations, nearly 71% of all the freight tonnage moved in the U.S. goes on trucks. Moving 10.5 billion tons of freight annually requires over 3.6 million trucks and over 3.5 million truck drivers. But the number of applicants for truck-driving jobs has been shrinking. Currently, there are about 51,000 fewer drivers available to meet the existing demand from product manufacturers and national retailers (such as Amazon and Walmart). To attract new drivers, shipping companies are offering signing bonuses and other incentives.

Trends That Influence Demand

Print and paper still have value. For a long time, some analysts have predicted that offices would eventually become “paperless.” That hasn’t happened.

Multiple surveys have shown that many people prefer to read printed books and magazines and keep hard copies of financial and legal documents. Many people believe prints on paper are easier to proofread.

Plus, printed copies offer a way to keep important information from being hacked and preserved for future generations. Photographs, engineering drawings, and architectural designs printed on archival papers can last for decades. The long-term accessibility of files stored on outdated formats and technology is less certain.

Print is an integral part of the multi-channel marketing mix. Brand marketers have discovered that personalized, printed direct mail is still an effective marketing tool, especially when used in conjunction with online marketing.

Brand marketers are also testing technologies to make printed materials (including packaging) more interactive. When printed materials can instantly be augmented with online content, brands can use print as a measurable, direct-to-end-user marketing channel.

Paper is recognized as a renewable resource. Two Sides North America has done a great job making corporations and consumers aware that “going paperless” doesn’t necessarily save trees and forests. Today, 91% of U.S. consumers agree that print and paper can be a sustainable way to communicate when responsibly produced, used, and recycled.

Some companies that formerly used flexible plastics for packaging have switched to to paper packaging because it’s a more environmentally friendly option.

The percentage of paper that is being recycled and re-used is growing. Paper recovery for recycling helps extend the useful life of paper and paper-based packaging products. The American Forest & Paper Association has announced that 65.8% of the paper consumed in the U.S. was recovered for recycling in 2017. Paper is recycled more than any other material in North America.

The Bottom Line

Despite all of the good news about the sustainability of paper and effectiveness of printed communications, the prices of uncoated and coated papers are rising.

Over the past year, paper manufacturing companies have announced several price hikes. Distributors such as Freedom Paper have absorbed some of these price increases by diversifying into other types of products and becoming more efficient in daily operations. But at some point, every buyer of printing paper may be asked to pay higher prices.

Many paper merchants, including Freedom Paper, are confident that today’s manufacturing and shipping issues will be resolved so price hikes can be minimized.

In the long-term, the uptick in costs might be a small price to pay for making paper manufacturing a more environmentally sustainable, less wasteful process. Thanks to advances in digital printing and recycling, you can print only as many copies as you need and recycle outdated versions.

What’s the Difference Between Inkjet Mylar, Vellum, and PET Tracing Film?

rolls of inkjet vellum and mylar

If you are looking for wide-format rolls of translucent materials for printed and markable overlays, drafting, or mixed-media art projects, your options include xerographic or inkjet Mylar, inkjet vellum paper, translucent bond, or double-matte PET tracing films.

The key differences among these materials are costs, durability, and composition of the base material.

Vellum originally described a writing surface made from animal hide. Today, vellum paper is a thin, translucent paper that can be used for tracing, drafting, drawings, and overlays. Vellum papers are designed to withstand erasing and redrawing.

Archival vellum papers are acid-free and made from cotton fibers.

Sheets of inkjet vellum paper
Inkjet Vellum Paper

Mylar® is a DuPont-trademarked name for a bi-axillary-oriented polyester film (BoPET). Different types of Mylar are used applications ranging from packaging and food storage to insulation and industrial and decorative laminates. The Mylar used for drafting typically has a finely textured, “frosted” surface to ensure that inks or other water-based materials don’t smear or smudge.

PET tracing or drafting film is a translucent, matte polyester film that is similar to Mylar, but not manufactured or licensed by DuPont. It is available in different thicknesses.

A double-matte film is coated on both sides. The two-sided versions can be inkjet-printed on one side, and marked up with pencils, pens, or markers on the other side.

Translucent bond is a 3 mil, 18 lb. white coated bond paper. It costs less than a PET or Mylar film, but it tears more easily and isn’t quite as “see-through.”

Rolls of Mylar and PET double matte film
Mylar and double matte films

Mylar and PET tracing films provide a more durable alternative to vellum and bond papers. The films are naturally impervious to water and resist tearing. The films are also designed not to yellow with age.

Freedom Paper offers wide-format rolls of different types of translucent materials from a variety of manufacturers. Some materials are designed for inkjet printing; others are for wide-format xerographic copiers that use toners.

Vellum Papers

Freedom Paper 471 Production Vellum Rolls, 20 lb 

Freedom Paper 473 Solventless Vellum Rolls, 100% Rag, 20 lb

Freedom Paper 772 Solventless Inkjet Vellum, 100% Cotton, 20 lb.

Freedom Paper 472 Solventless Vellum Rolls, 100% Rag, 17 lb.

Freedom Paper 771 Solventless Inkjet Vellum 100% Cotton, 17 lb

Mylar and PET Films

Freedom Paper Inkjet Double Matte Mylar 4 mil

Freedom Paper 493 Double Matte Xerographic Mylar Film, 3 mil

Freedom Paper 494 Mylar Double Matte Xerographic Film, 4 mil

Freedom Paper 778 High Speed Frosted Double Matte Tracing Film, 5 mil 

Sihl 4571 Double Matte CAD Film, 4 mil

HP Double Matte Film, 152 gsm, 4 mil

Bond Papers

Freedom Paper 750 Translucent Inkjet Bond Paper, 18 lb.

HP Universal Tracing Paper Rolls 24 lb, 3 mil

HP Translucent Inkjet Bond 18 lb

For more information about inkjet printable vellum papers, Mylar, and PET tracing films, call the wide-format printing experts at Freedom Paper at 866-310-3335 or chat with us online at www.freedompaper.com

Five Tips for Designing Trade Show Graphics

As the spring trade-show seasons approaches, it’s time to review some basic principles for designing trade show graphics.

Use Images with Correct Resolution

Big, colorful images attract attention on the trade-show floor. They can also create a strong positive impression about your company’s brand, products, or services.

But enlarging your images can also reveal defects in your image that weren’t apparent when the image was smaller. If your enlarged images look fuzzy or pixelated, it can create an impression that your brand doesn’t pay attention to details.

Images are “bitmap” or “raster” graphics. Without special software (such as Alien Skin BlowUp or OnOne Perfect Resize) they cannot be enlarged beyond their established resolution without losing quality.

To make sure the images you choose for your graphic will have enough resolution, consider the final size of the output and the distance from which the graphic will be viewed.

If the graphic will be viewed from more than five feet away (e.g. a hanging sign or backdrop), your image resolution should be at least 100 dpi x your final output size in inches. (150 dpi is recommended). This can result in some big file sizes. For example, an image to cover a 10 ft. wide by 88 in. high pop-up display needs a resolution of about 15,400 x 8800 pixels.

If the graphic will be viewed from a distance closer than five feet (e.g. a banner-stand graphic or informational poster), your image resolution should be at least 150 dpi x your final output size (in inches(. Use 300 dpi x final output size (in inches) if the enlarged image is likely to be viewed from 3 feet or less.

Use TIFF files to prepare your graphics instead of JPEG files. The JPEG file format that compresses the image data. Even if you save the JPEG for maximum quality, you will still be losing image data that can affect the print quality.

One quick way to check whether you are starting with a high-quality image file is to view the image at 100% or 150% on your screen. You can immediately see the types of image artifacts will be visible when the photo is enlarged for printing.

If you have used special up-sizing software to increase the resolution, view the up-sized image file at 50% of your full output size before you print it. You may need to do some additional sharpening or noise correction before you printing it. Your up-sizing software will include tools and tutorials for doing this.

Trade Show Banner Stands - Vectors

Vector illustrations such as this one make good backgrounds because they don’t lose resolution when enlarged. (Photo: 123rf.com/mousemd)

Consider Using Vector Graphics and/or Smaller Images

Vector graphics can be up-sized without losing quality because they are not composed of pixels. Vector graphics rely on mathematical equations to represent graphic components. Most stock photo agencies offer a wide selection of vector graphics.

Or, you can create a design that incorporated poster-sized images instead of full-bleed images. For example, a backwall design that includes 15 in. x 15 in. images will require images with resolutions as low as 1500 x 1500.

Choose and Use Your Fonts With Care

Trade-show aisles are packed with eye-catching messages competing for the attendees’ attention. Your graphic should graphics should convey a clear and concise message that can be understood in just a few seconds.

Keep text simple, so you can use a font that is big enough to read from a distance. And never use more than two fonts in a design space. Using a lot of different fonts looks like visual chatter and confuses the viewer.

Choose a font that reflects “voice” of your company. With a carefully chosen font, your main graphics won’t look like you are “yelling” at your customers (VISIT US NOW!). A contemporary, more casual-looking font can make it seem as if you are inviting the viewer to chat with the warm and friendly experts who are staffing the trade show booth.

Choose Effective Colors

To ensure that colors are readable, choose text color that sharply contrasts with the background color.

Colors that complement your brand colors can help support brand recognition. Colors that contrast with your brand colors can help call attention to special promotions new products.

Choose the Right Inkjet Printing Material

If the graphic will be displayed on a freestanding banner stand, choose an inkjet-printable display film with a high level of opacity. You don’t want the shadow of the banner-stand hardware to distract from the appearance of your graphic.

If the graphic will be mounted and displayed under bright lights, choose a printing material with a low-glare or matte surface finish. While glossy materials do a great job reproducing photographs, they can create glare that make your well-designed graphics difficult to read.

Dozens of different inkjet printing materials are available to help your organization or clients make a big impression.

If you need help choosing the right inkjet printing material for your trade-show graphics, chat with us online at www.freedompaper.com or call us at 866-310-3335. To make the right recommendation, we will need details such as:

  • how the graphic will be displayed
  • where it will be displayed (indoor or outdoors)
  • what type of printer you use
  • how many times the graphic will be used at various shows

Freedom Paper offers a wide selection of trade-show graphic materials from leading brands such as HP, Sihl, Magic, and Kodak. We also offer our own Freedom Paper-brand of sign and display materials for inkjet printers that use aqueous, latex, or UV-curable inks.

Six Tips for Preventing Paper-Related Inkjet Printing Problems

Wide format inkjet printer with print

If problems such as paper cockling, head strikes, or slow print drying affect your ability to efficiently produce high-quality prints, don’t automatically blame the inkjet paper.

Wide format inkjet printer with printWhile the quality of the ink-receptive coating on the paper could be the culprit, paper-related inkjet-printing problems are typically caused by changes in humidity or using the wrong profiles or print settings.

Consider these six tips for reducing the likelihood of paper-related inkjet printing problems.

—Store inkjet paper in a room in which the temperature and humidity are controlled.

—Or, keep the paper in the room in which it will be printed for 24 hours before printing it.

—Maintain the relative humidity in your production space between 45 and 55%.

—Take note of any moisture losses or gains that occur when outside air enters the workspace from nearby doors or loading docks. Consider installing barriers such as plastic or forced air between the docks and your production area.

—Keep the paper shrink-wrapped and away from outside walls.

—Use the recommended print settings for the type of inkjet paper are using. Not all paper types are designed to handle the same levels of ink densities. Sihl, and other inkjet media vendors, have downloadable print setting recommendations for the type of wide-format inkjet printer and paper you plan to use.

If you have questions, please contact the wide-format printing experts at Freedom Paper. Chat with us online at www.freedompaper.com or call 866-310-3335.

 

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.

How to Use a 3-inch Spindle Adapter with HP DesignJet Printers

Many new papers for wide-format inkjet printing are now are supplied on 3-inch cores instead of 2-inch cores. The core is the cardboard cylinder upon which the media is rolled.

A primary benefit of the larger core sizes is less curl in your final prints.

To run a roll of wide-format inkjet media with a 3-inch core on an HP DesignJet printer with a 2-inch spindle, you can use a spindle adapter (also known as a core adapter). This video shows how easy it is to load and remove the adapter.

Newer models of HP, Canon, and Epson printers come with core adapters.

But older-model printers that were designed primarily for CAD/technical drawings can’t use inkjet media that comes on 3-inch cores because the overall diameter of the paper roll is too large for the machine.

If you have misplaced the spindle adapter supplied with your printer, we can provide them.
Or, if you are using an older CAD printer that can’t handle 3-inch cores, we can suggest an upgrade that might be perfect for your requirements.

Please call the wide-format printing experts at Freedom Paper at 866-310-3335 and we’ll be happy to help.

What Is Wide Format Plotter Paper?

Premium Opaque Bond for Engineering Copiers

Wide format plotter paper is a category of coated and uncoated bond papers used to make original prints or reproductions of digitally created line drawings on wide format inkjet printers or toner-based engineering copiers.

Today’s wide format plotter papers are updated versions of the types of papers used in the 1970s and 80s on “plotters” that used computer-driven ink pens to draw engineering or architecture designs created in computer-aided design (CAD) software.

As you search for wide format plotter paper, you will discover a variety of options. Some wide format plotter papers are designed for making inexpensive first drafts with black ink only. Heavier weight, coated papers are available for special purposes such as color renderings, client presentations, or long-term archiving of building plans and site surveys.

Some wide format plotter papers are similar to the sheets of bond papers you use to print everyday office documents. So, you can use wide format bond paper rolls for projects other than technical drawings. For example, you can output posters, charts, short-term signs for events and promotions, or early-stage proofs for graphic designs.

Below is a quick overview of the types of wide format plotter paper that Freedom Paper offers for digital printing devices, including inkjet printers that use aqueous inks and toner-based devices such as engineering copiers and laser or LCD printers.

Plotter Papers for Wide-Format Inkjet Printers

wide format plotter paperFreedom Paper offers inkjet printable wide format plotter paper in standard cut-sheet sizes up to 30 x 42 inches and roll widths from 17 to 60 inches. Wide-format plotter rolls for inkjet printers are supplied on 2-inch cores and in two roll lengths: 150 or 300 feet.

Uncoated Bond: This inexpensive white paper is typically used for black-ink drawings and text documents. It is typically a 20 lb. paper.  Freedom Paper offers 21 lb. and 24 lb. uncoated bond plotter paper, as well.

Eco-Friendly Bond: This paper contains at least 30% post-consumer recycled paper. (“Post-consumer”  paper has been used, discarded, and recovered from the waste stream.)

Coated Bond: The surface treatment on this type of bond paper helps keep droplets of inkjet inks from spreading through the fibers of the paper. Coated papers are best for sharp, accurate printing of fine lines, small text, and multi-color drawings. While a medium-grade coated bond is suitable for many requirements, you may prefer a Premium Coated Bond for documents that will have heavier ink loads or will be presented to clients.

Premium Coated Bond: The inkjet-receptive coatings on these 24 to 32 lb. papers are engineered to handle drawings and documents that include light-ink-coverage graphics or colorful charts or line drawings. Some premium coated bond papers have an anti-curl back coating to help prints stay flat after they are cut from the roll.

Heavyweight Presentation Paper:  These 35 to 38 lb. premium coated bond papers have a higher level of opacity than lighter-weight papers. These papers can also handle the heavier ink coverage in documents that contain photographs, graphics  or solid blocks of color. The ink-receptive coating on these premium bond papers supports bright, clean contrasts, rich colors, and smoother tonal gradations.

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Inkjet Translucent Bond: This smooth, 18 lb. white bond paper provides an economical option for everyday printing of non-archival translucent overlays and blueprints.

Inkjet Vellum: This 100% cotton-fiber, solventless inkjet paper is used to make archival-grade overlays and blueprints that require high-resolution text and uniformity in solid print areas. It is available in 17 lb. and 20 lbs. Choose the heavier vellum if you need more durability.

Wide-Format Papers for Engineering Copiers

The papers in this category are optimized for use in xerographic copiers and LCD and laser printers that use toners instead of inks. The coatings on wide format papers for engineering copiers are formulated to enhance toner adhesion. Rolls of these papers typically have a 3-inch core. Roll lengths range from 150 to 500 ft., depending on the weight of the material. Some models of Xerox copiers require rolls that are taped to the core. Most of Freedom Paper’s bond papers are available in taped-roll form.

Opaque Bond Wide Format Plotter Paper: This white paper is an inexpensive white paper, typically used for black-ink drawings and text documents. This paper is available in 20 lb. standard-weight or 24 lb. premium-duty rolls, and can be purchased with blue, pink, green, or yellow tint.  It may also be referred to as Bond Laser Paper.

Eco-friendly bond. This bond paper is manufactured with 30 percent post-consumer recycled paper.

Translucent Bonds for Laser Printers: These papers are a great choice if you need a more affordable, non-archival translucent alternative to Mylar films or premium vellum.

Solventless and Production-Quality Vellum Paper Rolls: These 100 percent cotton-rag, archival grade papers that produce crisp lines and high-resolution images. These papers are sold in 500 ft. roll lengths.

Other Drafting Materials

Xerographic Mylar Film:  This thin, polyester, translucent film provides a durable, alternative to drawing paper. It can withstand repeated revisions and mark-ups with wet-erase markers. Mylar is unaffected by humidity and temperature extremes, including the heat of engineering copies. This dimensional stability minimizes shrinkage and image distortion and enhances the longevity of the prints. Xerographic Mylar Film is specifically design to work with engineering copiers and laser toner printers.

Inkjet Double-Matte Mylar: These translucent films have a coating for inkjet printing on one side, and a coating for drafting on the other side. Both sides can be marked up with wet-erase markers. While this film looks and behaves almost identically to the Xerographic mylar film, it is coated specifically to be printed on with aqueous inkjet printers.

Clear Films: These optically clear films can be printed to produce informative overlays for maps and drawings.

Call Us With Questions

If you have any questions about which wide format plotter paper is right for your specific printer or copier, call Freedom Paper’s technical support team at 866-310-3335.

For more than a decade, we have been helping customers from all types and sizes of businesses get the wide format plotter paper they need for architectural, engineering, and technical drawings, maps, and general office printing.

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