Our Top Window Graphics Tips

Window graphics have come a long way from the corner gas station. And while those bottling and promotional graphics are still in high demand, using window space to apply signage and brand messaging or even create a sense of privacy have inspired a new batch of window graphic materials for ease in installation and replacement. Here are a few of our top window graphic tips:

To Perf or Not to Perf?

Perforated window graphic film, such as LexJet Simple Perforated Window Vinyl (70/30), allows you to print on 70 percent of the surface, while 30 percent of it is tiny perforations, or holes. This allows for excellent image reproduction and shading coming into the window from outside, while people inside the building can still see out the window, through the perforations. Since this product is mounted outside, we suggest LexJet’s Optically Clear Cast Laminate for extra protection. Window perf is also available in 60/40 vinyl.

“We always use a laminate on our window perf,” says PSP and installer Keith Bernard of Road Signs in Sarasota, Fla. “One, it makes installation easier, and two, it protects the graphic from fading.” Check out more of Keith’s window perf tips in this video:

Get Stuck on Self-Adhesive

A fast-and-easy solution for temporary window graphics is a one-step product like LexJet Print-N-Stick, which is also available in a Solvent version. Both offer a nice, smooth white finish that has some water-resistance that stays fresh-looking for up to a year.

Whole Foods opts for LexJet Print-N-Stick for its windows

As the name suggests, it’s a quick and easy print-then-stick application process, and the product is easy to cut into shapes and corners. Check out this video to see it in action. Print-N-Stick works for a number of applications, from retail signage to classroom settings and beyond. It’s ease of use makes it a quick install for nearly anyone.

Double-Duty Windows

While many office settings are constructed with large windows for natural light and openness, some companies have found the clear “walls” can do double duty by highlighting brand messaging.

Conversely, when the windows are too much transparency, companies are looking to products like the LexJet Simple Grip line of products. These cling-like products are easily installed with a wet technique using a product like Marabu Window Juice.

Simple Grip in original, clear and white

Original LexJet Simple Grip has a slightly frosted texture, which illuminates nicely with either natural or artificial light. It is a bit translucent, so it offers a bit of privacy in an office setting.

LexJet Simple Grip Clear is completely transparent and will only offer some coverage where it is printed. It works well when adding subtle accent graphics to a window. LexJet Simple Grip White provides the same easy installation and removal as the other versions, but with a white finish that not only provides additional privacy, but allows extra-vivid colors to really pop.

Watch the video below to see how easy it is to work with LexJet Simple Grip:

HP Adhesive Vinyl Case Studies: ‘The Best We’ve Ever Used’

Last month, the launch of the new HP Adhesive Vinyl products had everyone talking at SGIA. By the sound of it, they’re still talking! For the print service providers who work with calendared vinyl every day, the new line has proven to be an easy and profitable alternative to other major brands.

Whether applying to rigid substrates, wall graphics, outdoor signs or die-cutting for stickers, LexJet’s customers are excited about a versatile product that reproduces images well, is easy to install and is cost-effective:

Sara Smith with Goodyear, Ariz., based Needle Supply Printing, recently purchased the HP Prime Gloss CP to print custom stickers. “The print was very fluid and made the colors pop,” she says. “There is very little deviation from the colors printed to the proof PDFs and the cuts are nice and crisp.” When compared to working with other brands available, she says, “the colors are truer than with my previous material and the gloss is more vibrant.”

William Roll of Signarama in Dothan, Ala., used the HP Prime Matte Air GP, laminated with the HP Matte Polymeric Overlaminate to create outdoor signage. For Roll and his team, the HP products are preferred over other options that are in the print shop. “My guys love the HP,” he says. “They grab it for every application they can use it on, and they tell me that the air-release component is the best they’ve ever used.”

Tyler Birch of Atchley Signs & Graphics in Columbus, Ohio, used HP Prime Gloss Air GP for an indoor application at a local gym. “We did an install onto a gym wall mat and it went on without a hitch! The rigidity of the material and the strength of the backer lead to a smooth installation,” Birch says.

Rounding out the first wave of customer reviews is Mason Ross of AlphaGraphics in Rexburg, Idaho. To create an in-house wall graphic, pictured at top, Ross chose the HP Prime Gloss Air GP and the Polymeric Matte Overlaminate to create a wall mural that was full of detailed text, spot-on colors, and multiple image depths. “The printing quality is just as good, if not better than other products I’ve used,” he says. “Since (LexJet sales specialist) Vince told me about the new HP products, I’ve switched completely from other brands.”

Due to the enormity of the project, with the various relief aspects, Ross estimated the whole install took about six hours; however, he said, “the vinyl installed very smooth and then when it came time to put the vinyl on the wall, that took the least amount of time for the whole project.”

These examples showcase the versatility of the new product line, giving PSPs the ability to condense the number of items kept on hand, freeing up space and reducing costs. If you are interested in trying one of the new HP Adhesive Vinyls, contact your LexJet sales representative at 800-453-9538 or visit us online at LexJet.com.

EPSON Adds 4 Printers to the T-Series and a New Dry Lab

When it comes to professional dry lab imaging, the EPSON D-Series printers have been the industry standard for output. At the 2018 SGIA Expo, the new SureLab D700 was released. The new dry lab printer offers exceptional print speeds (up to 460 4×6-inch prints an hour) and simple media loading an unloading. This new printer also offers border-free prints in standard and custom sizes, as well as panorama printing with any 5-, 6-, or 8-inch roll media.

While the announcement of the SureLab D700 is exciting for professional labs and photographers, the release of the four new SureColor T-Series printers brings more options for the PSPs who are printing for GIS, construction, blueprints and line-drawings.

SureColor T3170 Wireless is a 24-inch desktop printer that fits nicely into small spaces, like construction trailers or retail offices. The wireless capability allows you to print directly from your phone or tablet anywhere in the office or print shop.

Epson SureColor T5170

SureColor T5170 Wireless is a 36-inch printer that allows for either sheet-fed or roll printing and offers the same benefits as the T3170.

SureColor T3470 24-inch and SureColor T5470 36-inch printers are ideal for high-production printing of line drawings, blueprints and posters. Sensitive information is safeguarded with advanced network security and encryption features. You can print either through router-free Wi-Fi printing or plug a USB thumb drive directly into the printer for PC-free printing.

LexJet’s 2018 Holiday Hours

With the holidays upon us, we want to make sure you know our shipping schedule so you can plan your on-hand inventory for the rest of the year:

  • Thanksgiving – LexJet will be closed Thursday, Nov. 22 and Friday, Nov. 23
  • Christmas – We will be closing at Noon ET on Monday, Dec. 24 and closed Christmas Day, Dec. 25
  • New Year’s – We will be closing at Noon ET on Monday, Dec. 31 and closed New Year’s Day, Jan. 1

As always, you can order online during the holiday hours, but please note that any orders placed online will not ship until the next available business day.

The holidays are peak season for UPS, which can mean extended lead times for ground shipping. You can find the UPS year-end shipping schedule HERE.

If you have any questions, please call us at 800-453-9538 or visit us online at LexJet.com.

HP and Canon Debut New Printers

Trade-show season is typically filled with new product launches, and 2018 did not disappoint. HP and Canon both debuted new printers at FESPA and SGIA.

HP Makes a Splash at FESPA 2018

HP DesignJet Z6610

HP announced of the new suite of DesignJet Z-series printers, designed to increase production, reduced print costs with improved color gamut, and the first ever DesignJet printer with a vertical trimmer.

The 60-inch wide HP DesignJet Z6610 Production Printer (6-color) and DesignJet Z6810 Production Printer (8-color) are built to handle high-speed printing (up to 548 sq. ft. on plain paper) and long, unattended workloads because of long-roll handling, 775-ml ink capacity, and a built-in take-up reel.

The HP DesignJet Z6 PostScript Printer (6-color) and DesignJet Z9+ PostScript Printer (9-color with Gloss Optimizer option) offer SecureBoot and an encrypted hard disk to preserve confidentiality. The Z6dr and Z9+dr offer the additional benefits of dual roll handling and the vertical trimmer, reducing the need to switch media rolls between jobs and manual trimming in post-production.

Canon Takes Strides to Improve CAD Printers

At the 2018 SGIA show, Canon introduced the imagePROGRAF TM Series of CAD printers. The new line of printers improves upon the previous generation of IPF CAD printers by increasing speeds by as much as 23% and reducing ink consumption by as much as 21%.

If you are looking to add a new CAD printer to your workflow, check out the suite of TM-Series from Canon:

  • Canon imagePROGRAF TM-300

    Standard Versions: The 24-inch TM-200, the 36-inch TM-300, and the 36-inch TM-305 – this suite of printers offer secure printing, and a smaller footprint than other 24- and 36-inch CAD printers, which means they fit well in small environments. They are easy to use for everyone from beginner to professional.

  • T-Scanner: The 36-inch TM-300 MFP T36 and TM-305 MFP T36 offer the same benefits as the standard TM printers, but with the added ability to quickly scan documents.
  • Lei Series: The 24-inch TM-200 MFP L24ei and 36-inch TM-300 MFP L36ei allow for scanning and sharing of documents through the ScanApp Lei software that is simple and easy to operate for low volume, entry-level users.

For additional product or rebate information on these new and diverse printers, visit LexJet.com or contact your LexJet printer specialist at 800-453-9538.

#Fredrix150Canvas Winners Announced!

We’re excited to join Fredrix to announce the winners of the Fredrix 150th Anniversary social media contest! All of these creative printers sent us images of canvas prints in various stages of completion. We love the variety in images, colors, finishing and more!

  • Spartan Printing Press
  • George S. Kelley
  • Frame By Frame
  • Jack Paton
  • Art City Frame Co
  • Bluebird Imaging
  • Daniel G. Walczyk
  • Pugbully Studio

Each of these winners will receive a roll of Fredrix Print Canvas of their choosing — that’s $4,000 worth of U.S.-made canvas! (If your name is listed above, please email us with your contact information so we can help you redeem your prize. Include “Fredrix Contest” in your email subject line.)

To see all the entries in the contest, just search #Fredrix150Canvas on Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter. Thank you to everyone who participated and posted images! Your work is inspiring! Click on the pictures below to view the entire image.