Keep Those Banners High & Dry with Water-Resistant Media

Sure, April Showers are supposed to be coming to an end, but let’s be honest: We all know that with our wacky weather this year, the rainy days will continue. When it comes to outdoor signage, water-resistance is a key factor for graphics that can stand up to the elements. We gathered three of our top-performing outdoor media in vinyl, polyethylene and mesh that’ll resist the rain:

LexJet TOUGHcoat Blockout ThriftyBanner: This cost-effective, aqueous-compatible scrim vinyl option not only handles the outdoors for up to six month, it also provides a black backing for 100% opacity. With a great color gamut and smooth surface, it’s an excellent option for event signage or when you need to keep unsightly areas covered, like construction sites or even old signage.

HP HDPE Reinforced Banner: A great option for your environmentally conscious customers who care about recycling, this high density polyethylene reinforced banner is a cost-conscious option (starting at $0.33/sq ft). An alternative to scrim vinyl, this lightweight banner material resists the elements thanks to an HP media surface treatment that’s durable and provides great-looking graphics, too.

HEYtex Mesh w/ Liner: This latex-friendly banner option not only withstands the rain, but can take on the wind, too. This 360gsm polyester base with a 60/40 mesh pattern is an attractive alternative that maintains the integrity of your graphics without having to cut wind vents. It’s easy to grommet and hang, making it a go-to for latex, solvent, eco-solvent or UV-curable print technologies.

Learn about these and other water-resistant materials, give a LexJet print specialist a call at 800-453-9538.

 

LexJet Print-N-Stick: Encouraging Students to Explore the World

When Ashton Elementary School teacher Rachel Montisano wanted to liven up her classroom while simultaneously providing an interactive educational environment, she reached out to LexJet for some ideas.  Michael Clementi, LexJet’s in-house printing guru, recommended that she use LexJet Print-N-Stick Fabric.

“The use of large-format graphics has allowed me to create an interactive environment for my first-grade students as we study different topics,” says Montisano. With the bright, matte surface, easy repositionability and cleanly removable adhesive, the Print-N-Stick was the right product to bring the world into Montisano’s classroom.

Recently, her students were asked to research and report on the different animals found in the Arctic. As they stood at the head of the class to give their presentations, an image of polar bears frolicking near a snow-lined river served as the back drop for the students. Montisano says, “the students added animals and wrote their own captions and labels on the image. They were so excited to use what they had learned and make it a part of the large, realistic scene.”

Now that their trek through the Arctic is finished, the students will be whisked away to the Amazon rain forest. Once again, they will be asked to research the plants, animals and other interesting critters that call the rain forest home. Excited to see what the students’ imaginations will bring, Montisano says, “they will create their own plants and animals to add to our rain forest graphic, turning our classroom wall into a life-sized page from a non-fiction picture book.”

However, this new graphic will not just be for the students’ education and enjoyment, “they will make a presentation to parents,” she says. “As everyone walks through the rain forest, the graphic – and the special additions – will help them explain to their parents everything they have learned about the Amazon.”

Montisano is thrilled with the results of the images on the Print-N-Stick Fabric and says that the size and scope of the graphics played a huge part in bringing the environments to life in her classroom, which continue to generate excitement and learning amongst the students. The vivid colors, the ease of working with the product and the photographic image quality all contributed to a successful experience for the Ashton Elementary first graders.

“Working with this product allowed me to use thematic teaching – incorporating reading, writing and science in the same project – and it has been so rewarding to see such enthusiasm from my students,” she says.

Celebrate Fredrix’s 150th Anniversary with 15% Off

Fredrix has been making top-of-the-line art and print canvas for 150 years, and we’re celebrating with 15% off* four favorites:  Fredrix 901VWR Crystal Matte Canvas, Fredrix Artisan Semi-Gloss Canvas, Sunset by Fredrix Matte Canvas and Sunset by Fredrix Satin Canvas SUV through May 30. These products are available only through LexJet.

Fredrix has been the premier manufacturer of fine quality canvas for printing and painting since 1868. With 150 years of experience, Fredrix brings a vast understanding of canvas manufacturing, has stringent specifications and offers a wide range of canvas products including:

  • Fredrix 901VWR Crystal Matte Canvas, a bright-white, poly/cotton canvas with a 2-over-1 weave. Compatible with aqueous inks, its expansive color gamut and incredible Dmax make it the perfect choice for fine art or decorative gallery wraps that require a smooth yet subtle texture.
  • Fredrix Artisan Semi-Gloss Canvas, a poly/cotton blend canvas with a 2-over-1 weave.  It is specially engineered to create beautiful, acid-free prints with the latest solvent, eco-solvent, and latex inks, providing a wide color gamut and a consistent, subtle texture.
  • Sunset by Fredrix Matte Canvas, a OBA-free, poly/cotton blend canvas with a 2-over-1 weave. Easy to work with for stretching, mounting and framing while providing printers a subtly textured canvas that is compatible with aqueous inks.
  • Sunset by Fredrix Satin Canvas SUV, a bright-white, poly/cotton canvas with a 2-over-1 weave. Compatible with solvent, low-solvent, latex and UV-curable inks, this canvas is ideal for decor, fine art and photo reproductions.
Stock up on these popular canvases now and get 15% off*! Offer ends May 30.
To order online, click the product links above or contact your LexJet print specialist at 800-453-9538.

*15% discount is off of MSRP; pricing at LexJet.com reflects discount; while supplies last; some restrictions apply

HP – Take it Back! Ink and Media Recycling Initiatives

Did you know that your HP inkjet cartridges can be recycled? What about your HP recyclable media printed with OEM HP inks? Do you know how easy it is to participate in the program? Read on for answers to all these questions.

HP has been involved with product recycling for over 25 years and utilize the materials in a “closed-loop” process, which means cartridge materials returned are created into raw materials used in the production of future cartridges. This program is easy to follow: simply drop off the original HP inkjet cartridges off at a collection location or ship them to HP by requesting shipping labels.

The HP media recycling program can be used with many of the recyclable Technical and Graphics or Sign and Display products. To be properly recycled, any printed graphics sent in must have been printed using HP printers and HP OEM ink. HP will send you labels and packing instructions for eligible products once you have completed the request. Then it’s as simple as taking it to a UPS drop-off location or handing it over to a UPS driver.

Whether you are participating in the HP Supplies Recycling or the Free HP Large-format Media Recycling, HP has made it easy for you to recycle some of your most frequently purchased products, which means less waste piling up and more raw materials available for production of new products.

If you have questions about either of these recycling initiatives or to replenish any HP products, call 800-453-9538 and speak with a LexJet rep today.

How EnduraFab™ Can Help You Break Into New Markets

If you’re looking for new revenue streams — and who isn’t? — consider how the latex-compatible EnduraFab™ Textiles product line can help you reach new customers or expand the services you provide to your current clients.

The key to selling printable fabrics to your customers is focusing on the benefits of these products and how their versatility and ease of use can help your customers achieve their project goals. Let’s take a look at some of the benefits your customers will love:

Lightweight and easy to transport: Since they are fabric, EnduraFab™ products are much lighter weight than vinyl and can easily be folded and carried without creases and wrinkles, making it a great option for trade shows or traveling exhibits.

Durability: These 100% polyester warp knit fabrics are specially treated with a proprietary coating that makes them latex-compatible while still maintaining a nice hand feel. With latex technology, the images have great longevity and color reproduction that lasts. These fabrics have also passed wash testing as well under normal wash cycle conditions.

Versatility: EnduraFab™ products can be finished in a number of ways — stitched to create pole pockets, finished with silicone edging for framing or simply trimmed with scissors for short-term signage that doesn’t fray along the edges.

Knowing this, where can you attract new customers? Consider retail shop owners who like the elegant drape of a fabric sign, versus a vinyl banner that looks like it belongs outdoors. EnduraFab™ Frontlit is a great option for soft signage or tableskirts. Also, many retail outlets prefer SEG frames that can be easily swapped out. EnduraFab™ Stretch finished with Keder Tape or a gel edging is so easy to use that any retail staff person could make a sign switch in a matter of minutes.

Think about facilities where fire retardant properties are important, such as schools, malls and healthcare centersEnduraFab™ Frontlit FREnduraFab™ Frontlit Premier FR and EnduraFab™ Stretch FR all meet the flammability standard for NFPA 701, 2015 Edition (Test 1, Small Scale) and require heat set for desired print durability.

SEG-framed EnduraFab™ Frontlit Premier is a great option for modern, clean office or home décor that’s heavier weight and resistant to scratches and scuffs. Check out the video below to watch EnduraFab in action as a dramatic spa décor art piece.

From Banners to Canvas, the All-new LexJet FlexTek Can Do It All

Looking for a multi-functional material that performs for a variety of uses, from canvas to banners and beyond? The new LexJet FlexTek PVC-free, non-woven technical fabric can do it all for a wide range of both indoor and outdoor applications.

Available in both 200g SUV and 170g aqueous versions, FlexTek is finished with a slight texture that looks and feels like traditional fabric. With great tear strength, it can go from grommeted banners to stretched canvas wraps to pole pockets for multiple signage possibilities, including outdoor use (short-term outdoor with 170g aqueous). Plus, with no plasticizers, you get consistent results that you can rely on.

Starting at $0.35 per square foot, FlexTek a versatile, budget-beating, environmentally friendly option.

Product Highlights:

  • PVC-free (no plasticizers) and recyclable with a wide range of post-use options
  • Multi-functional material so you can carry less inventory
  • Comparable to canvas, fabric and other banner materials
  • Cuts clean with no fraying like a fabric
  • Grommetable, stretchable, stitchable
  • Images look great from a distance or up-close

Watch the video above to learn more, and give a LexJet print specialist a call at 800-453-9538 to learn more ways that LexJet FlexTek can work for you.