Temporary Solutions: Have Your Walls Your Way

Not all wallcoverings are the same — and that’s a good thing! While sometimes a customer may want a long-lasting wall paper, chances are they are looking for a more temporary solution for company brand messages, home décor or trendy retail spaces. Digital print technology makes customizing the visuals simple. The right media will make installation — and removal — quick and easy, too.

Printed Photo Tex used in place of tiles on this kitchen backsplash

At LexJet, we offer a wide range of wallcovering options, from glossy vinyls to satin fabric textures with just the right amount of adhesive backing to stay on the wall … til you customer changes his or her mind.

Here’s a look at several of our most popular temporary wallcovering media options:

Photo Tex – Opaque (Solvent) is a 95% opaque fabric that won’t shrink, wrinkle or rip, but it will come down from a wall without any residue left behind. The matte finish makes it a good choice for residential spaces, and it will stick to any non-porous flat surface. The detailed print quality makes creating a faux finish a breeze (see kitchen backsplash photo). It’s also available in an Aqueous version.

Avery Dennison’s MPI 2600 Series Wall Film, pictured at top, offers scuff resistance that holds up in busy areas. The films also offer a variety of textures for extra interest, like canvas, crushed stone or stucco. Create quick, customizable wall decoration with easy installation and removal.

LexJet Simple Flo Vinyl Wrap offered awesome branding for Scorch Fitness

LexJet Simple Flo Wrap Vinyl is a favorite of both printers and installers, with a glossy white finish with an ultra-conformable calendared adhesive backing for easy handling. As one customer says: “It produces great image quality and the air-egress liner makes it extremely easy to work with.  This is a great go-to product for all types of different applications.”

LexJet Print-N-Stick Fabric is a customer favorite not only for its ease of use when creating an accent wall or an entire room, but it’s one of our most versatile products that can be used on walls, windows, floors and even metal (like elevators). It’s been Class A, ASTM E84 Fire Rated and provides a higher ink saturation for richer colors. It’s also available for Solvent printers.

HP Optimal Gloss Air GRP used on an accent wall in an office setting

HP Optimal Gloss Air GRP is a great vinyl that’s optimized for Latex printers, and priced just right. This newer product is quickly becoming a customer favorite for its ease of use, consistent results and budget-friendly price point. “The print quality is great, profiles are set, and I don’t have head strikes or color issues as compared to my other products,” says one customer. For similar results in a matte finish, try HP Prime Matte Air GR.

To learn more about wallcovering options, both temporary and permanent, call a LexJet pro at 800-453-9538 or visit LexJet.com/wall-murals.

3 Ways to Get Creative with Your Posters

In retail, posters are a way of life. They are versatile and need to meet these criteria:

  • Eye-catching
  • Easy to install or hang
  • Easy to change
  • Cost-effective

For cost-effective and eye-catching posters, it’s important to start with the right paper. For latex, solvent, and UV, LexJet Satin Poster Paper 200g has a bright, white satin finish, is water-resistant, and at $0.14/sq. ft., this is the perfect alternative to expensive photo papers that are frequently used for temporary graphics.

For aqueous printing, consider LexJet 8 Mil Production Satin Photo Paper, an instant-dry satin paper that offers fast turnaround for those last-minute requests.

Installing, hanging and changing retail graphics need to be easy, because professional installers are rarely used for seasonal merchandising or store remodels. Posters are eye-catching because of paper and print quality and final application.

Here are three different ways to create easy-to-install temporary posters:

Face-mounted Window Graphics – Window advertising is important in retail marketing, and posters can create interest before the customer even walks through the door. Use LexJet CrystalClear-X Removable Adhesive to install face mounted posters that are designed to capture the eye of passers-by. The removable adhesive offers air-channels for easy, bubble-free installation.

Hanging Graphics – Showcase your graphics with Poster Snapper Hanging Rail. Quick and easy to install, this economical aluminum hanging system is a snap to use.

Mounted Graphics – If you are displaying posters on a substrate like posterboard, PVC, or foam boards, consider a self-adhesive product like LexJet Production Satin Photo Paper PSA for aqueous or HP Prime Matte Air GR for latex and solvent. Print the graphic, stick it to the substrate and your posters are ready to shine.

Want to see these posters in action? Watch the video below:

Discover Media That Matters at Printing United

We are beyond excited for Printing United later this month. This year is sure to be full of exciting trends, new innovations and award-winning ideas. You can find your LexJet favorites in booth #6810. Our focus is on the hand-selected, state-of-the-art media offerings that provide versatility, production excellence, environmental consciousness and cost awareness that allow you to create amazing signage, graphics and more, while balancing your business-building budget.

In booth #6810, you’ll get a hands-on look at several samples, and be sure to check out our installation demos, too. Our team will be standing by to guide you to the right media for any project, from vinyl wall wraps and soft signage displays to elegant retail décor and fine art reproductions, and much more. Our teammates from S-One Labels & Packaging will also be displaying the latest in sustainable packaging materials and specialty coatings for a variety of applications.

Be sure to check out some of our most buzz-worthy media products, including:

  • Squid. This is the new self-adhesive fabric for window displays that everyone is talking about. It’s easy to install and provides an elegant look for retail environments or can add privacy in a corporate setting.
  • HP Adhesive Vinyl & Laminates. The new line of products is changing the game for printers. We’ve added even more products, like HP Grip, with a strong adhesive, and a new cast overlaminate. See them in action!
  • Award-winning Canvas. We’ll be displaying the 2019 SGIA Product of the Year – Media – Textile – Canvas: Fredrix Metallic Gold Canvas; as well as last year’s big winner: HP Recycled Satin Canvas, made from 100% recycled water bottles.
  • Fabrics. We’ve got several options here, whether you prefer latex or dye-sub. We’ve got options for a variety of applications, like soft signage, backlit displays, tableskirts, SEG frames and more.

We’ve got Show Specials, too, that you won’t want to miss! See you in Dallas later this month!

Still need a Printing United Expo Pass? Go to THIS LINK and use promo code 76842.

It’s Time to Learn and Earn with October Printer Webinars

Is the idea of getting a new printer scary? Check out our free webinar series for HP Latex and Canon PRO-Series printers, learn some new tricks, and get a special treat for attending. John Stevens, one of the industry’s leading latex specialists will talk about the benefits of bringing HP Latex technology in-house. Later in the month, Pete Wright, an award-winning photographer, will discuss software and applications for the Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-Series printers. Receive additional savings with the purchase of a qualified printer. Sign up today because space is limited.

HP Latex Webinar: Join us for the free HP Latex printer technology webinar on Tuesday, Oct. 15, at 11 AM ET. Attend and save $1,000 on an HP Latex 315 Print & Cut Bundle or HP Latex 335 Print & Cut Bundle, or save $4,000 on an HP Latex 560 or HP Latex 570. SIGN UP NOW

Canon PRO-Series Webinar: Join us Monday, Oct. 21, at 11 AM ET to learn about the features of the Canon PRO-Series printers and software, as well as print applications. Attendees will receive an additional 5% off their PRO-Series printer purchase. SIGN UP NOW

Sign up online or call one of our printer specialists at 800-453-9538 for additional information.

Add Some Sticking Power with New HP Grip Matte Polymeric Air

Most installers and print service providers know there are just some surfaces that make the installation of vinyl graphics seemingly impossible. Now there’s a solution: HP Grip Matte Polymeric Air, the newest addition to the HP Adhesive Vinyl family.

Grip Matte Polymeric Air features a high-performance, calendered vinyl with a high-tack, clear permanent adhesive. “If you’ve had graphic-failure on low- or no-VOC paints, textured low-surface energy plastics or powder-coated paint surfaces, Grip is the perfect solution,” says Mitchell Bonine, LexJet national accounts sales specialist.

Like the Prime Gloss and Prime Matte Air GP and the Optimal Gloss Air GRP, the new Grip has an air-release liner for bubble-free application. “The Prime is definitely the most versatile of the products and Optimal is great if you are installing over rivets, but if you are having difficulty adhering graphics to certain surfaces, Grip can help you with those applications,” says Bonine.

This latest addition expands the HP Adhesive Vinyl portfolio, giving PSPs even more ways to create cost-effective, eye-popping graphics and continue to remain competitive without sacrificing quality.

For more information on HP Grip Matte Polymeric Air, contact a LexJet sales specialist at 800-453-9538 or visit LexJet.com

From Custom Décor to High-volume Art, Canvas Adds Style

Including canvas wraps in any décor plan is an effective way to add a touch of style to every space, from the bedroom to the boardroom. Families want portraits in their homes while hoteliers want to brighten their lobbies, and print service providers can offer their customers many different solutions to create the perfect piece of art. Check out these three ways to include canvas printing in your product offering:

Specialty Canvas – Earlier this year, Fredrix unveiled Metallic Pearl and Metallic Gold canvases, which give photographers the opportunity to create glamorous portraits for weddings and engagements or eye-catching artistic photography prints. Fredrix Metallic Pearl Canvas adds a beautiful, ethereal, shimmering quality that will delight even the hardest-to-please bride. Fredrix Metallic Gold, a 2019 SGIA Product of the Year for Media – Textile – Canvas, offers an elegant gold finish that is perfect for high-end retail art, especially when printing with black ink. Both the Pearl and Gold are compatible with solvent, latex and UV-curable printers.

Work Space Canvas – Studies have found that art in the workplace can boost productivity, reduce stress and increase communication, so corporations are including art to enhance the employee experience. Working with local businesses and hospitality groups to design and create art that fosters creativity in the workplace and tells the story of the company culture and values. Fredrix offers a variety of aqueous and latex/solvent/UV-curable canvas products that are perfect for outfitting art-inspired work spaces.

Inkjet Canvas Decor by MyPix2

Custom Canvas –Photographers and PSPs printing with aqueous technology, can offer gallery wraps in portrait and photo packages, providing customers the opportunity to turn their family photos into art. Sunset Production Matte Canvas is a 100% polyester canvas that provides the look of cotton canvas with a 2-over-1 weave that delivers a consistent, repeatable print solution. Sunset Select Matte Canvas is a poly/cotton blend that meets the demand for a wide variety of art-reproduction and photo printing requirements. Use GOframe stretcher bars give the finished gallery wrap appearance.

To learn more ways to include canvas printing in your portfolio, contact a LexJet sales specialist at 800-453-9538 or visit LexJet.com.

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