Six Tips for Preventing Paper-Related Inkjet Printing Problems

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 or call 866-310-3335.


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