Handling Aqueous Media

Aqueous Printing: Handling, printing and storing of Aqueous inkjet media.

It is advisable to wear cotton gloves to prevent fingerprints caused by moisture, dirt or grease from marking the media.
Inkjet media is nearly always presented to you with the print side facing out.
Inkjet media should be stored in its original box until required and repackaged after use using the plastic bag and core plugs.

Laminating inkjet media

Lamination times will increase in more humid, still and colder conditions and when using lamination films with lesser adhesive formulations.
Most manufacturers will generally recommend leaving prints a full 24 hours prior to lamination, reducing to 4 hours in the most suitable conditions.
The main problems caused when laminating prints too quickly is the lack of adhesive bond to the still tacky inks.

Pop-up / Roll-up inkjet media

The laminates should be run using minimum tension to avoid stretching and distortion.
The trimmed panels must be left laying flat for as long as possible, at least 1 hour and ideally for 24 hours. This is to allow the adhesive to fully cure.
The finished panels should be wrapped carefully to avoid damage to the edges, with the image ALWAYS wound face out.
The panels should be allowed to fill the space in the wheeled pop up carrier. Tight winding should be avoided at all times.