5 Products that Changed the Game for Wide Format in 2019

In 2019, we looked to the market and our customers to find the gaps we could fill with problem-solving product innovations. As a company that marked its 25th anniversary this year, we’ve built our foundation on finding new ways to help our customers thrive. As the year comes to an end, we take a look back at some of the product launches customers and the industry asked for.

In case you didn’t catch them previously, here’s a look at five new media products that changed the game for the wide-format industry:

Squid, for High-End Window Graphics. Likely one of the most buzz-worthy products of the year, Squid is a self-adhesive, printable window textile that offers an elegant-looking alternative to window films that is more environmentally friendly and provides privacy while blocking the sun’s rays. With several color bases that range from a light Chalk to a dark Coal, Squid can be used alone or enhanced with eco-solvent or UV-curable print. In November, we announced that the Chalk version of Squid is now available for Latex printers.

Fredrix Metallic Canvas in Pearl and Gold. Maybe you didn’t think you needed a metallic-based canvas product, but now that it’s here, we don’t think there’s any going back. Before Fredrix dreamed up these dreamy canvases, the only option for creating a metallic gallery wrap was to use a wallcovering product, with dubious effect when wrapping it around those stretcher bars. Today, we’ve got Fredrix Metallic Pearl, which provides a glamorous, iridescent base that puts print jobs like bridal portraits in a whole new stratosphere. The Fredrix Metallic Gold is a showy option that looks amazing with rich, black inks. It also took the 2019 SGIA Product of the Year for Media – Textile – Canvas.

Dye-sub Fisher Textiles in Wide-Format Sizes. With the introduction of wide-format width dye-sub printers hitting the market from the likes of Epson and HP, the industry was in need of some quality dye-sub fabrics in the right widths. Until we partnered with Fisher Textiles, there weren’t many options. We brought right-sized rolls to the industry for a variety of applications, such as flags, soft signage, table skirts, drapery, banners, backdrops and much more.

New Sunset SUV Fine Art for Large Runs. As the preferred printer technologies in the market begin to shift to eco-solvent, we’re finding a bigger need for traditionally aqueous-based media to be re-formulated. Where better to start than with the fine-art segment? We introduced Sunset SUV Fine Art Paper 210g for high-volume art and photography reproductions at a cost-conscious price. For customers loyal to aqueous inks, we also launched Sunset Hot Press Smooth Bright White and Sunset Cold Press Textured Bright White papers to give them another budget-friendly, high-quality option.

High-Tack HP Grip Matte for Stickier Situations. All year we’ve seen the relatively new HP Adhesive Vinyl portfolio of products become customer favorites. Yet, the line was missing a high-tack option that could be used on hard-to-stick-to surfaces, such as trash cans and other low-energy plastics. So we brought on HP Grip Polymeric Air with its aggressive, high-tack clear adhesive, which works on rough surfaces as well as low-energy, while providing an easy, bubble-free installation.

Do you have any product favorites from 2019? Tell us in the comments below, or let us know what other solutions you’ve been looking for.

FREE Downloads: Tips for Installing HP Adhesive Vinyl

Our customers have spoken, and the feedback on the new HP Adhesive Vinyl line has been overwhelmingly positive. We’ve heard it time and again: It’s so easy to handle and install. To ensure that your installation goes smoothly, too, HP created three helpful “Tips & Tricks” guides.

1. “HP Adhesive Vinyl and Overlaminate Installation Tips and Tricks” covers the wide variety of retail, POP and fleet applications this suite of vinyl can cover and offers installation and surface preparation suggestions for general use. DOWNLOAD THE GUIDE HERE

Additional applications for HP Adhesive Vinyl and Laminates include:

  • Wayfinding
  • Indoor/Outdoor signage
  • Promotional decals
  • Advertising

2. “HP Adhesive Overlaminates for Windows” discusses how to properly prepare the surface and install the clear Gloss and Matte Polymeric Overlaminates for window applications. DOWNLOAD THE GUIDE HERE

Common applications include:

  • Indoor/Outdoor signage
  • Special effects
  • Privacy
  • Décor
  • Promotional decals
  • Increasing brand recognition
  • Lamination

3. “HP Adhesive Vinyl and Overlaminate Wall Covering Tips and Tricks” addresses the use of these products in the ever-growing market of digital wall décor. This guide offers suggested paint finishes and surface preparations. As always, we recommend testing the painted surface prior to installation. Pair HP Optimal Gloss Air GRP with either the matte or gloss laminate for long-term wall graphics. DOWNLOAD THE GUIDE HERE

To learn more about these game-changing products and additional ways to grow your business, visit LexJet.com or call your LexJet sales representative at 800-453-9538.

LexJet Impresses at the FASTSIGNS Convention

The 2019 International FASTSIGNS Convention was held Jan. 17 in Orlando, Fla., and the S-One Signs & Graphics (S-OneSG) team from LexJet was on hand to discuss the newest products available to all LexJet customers, including the FASTSIGNS franchises.

The team spoke with FASTSIGNS representatives from all over the country about profitable new opportunities: the latex printable EnduraFab™ Fabrics and SignComp SEG-less framing systems, which create clean, easy-to-install soft-signage displays when partnered together.

While the fabrics and framing were a hit in the Now Trending booth, it was the new line-up of HP Adhesive Vinyl that was the real star of the show. LexJet Sales Specialist Brian Feeney – who is not a professional installer – was on hand to show everyone how easy these products are to install, due to the air-release liner.

The on-hand demonstrations certainly captivate an audience, but it is the cost savings per roll that always garners the most attention. With such a price difference – as much as $0.20/sf savings based on MSRP – many people were pleased to discover the HP Adhesive Vinyl products would perform as well, if not better than, the products they are currently using.

By the end of the show, the FASTSIGNS team members were excited to delve into new profitable markets as well as explore money-saving opportunities with LexJet and the S-OneSG team.

If you would like to find out more about EnduraFab and SignComp framing or see how much money you can save with HP Adhesive Vinyl, give us a call at 800-453-9538 or visit LexJet.com.

Now Available from LexJet: A New Line of HP Adhesive Vinyl

Later this week, we will be unveiling a new HP Adhesive Vinyl line at SGIA Expo in Las Vegas. These new products will give print service providers the ability to offer a total HP solution if they are currently using HP Latex printers and ink.

These products will have competitive pricing to help PSPs save on production costs when compared to similar products currently on the market.

HP Prime offers three varieties of intermediate calendered vinyl products:

  • HP Prime Gloss CP has a bright white gloss finish with a clear permanent adhesive
  • HP Prime Gloss Air GP and HP Prime Matte Air GP offer air-egress liners for bubble free application and opaque gray adhesive that provides consistent image quality, regardless of the substrate color

HP Optimal offers:

  • HP Optimal Gloss Air GRP is a high-performance calendered vinyl with a gray repositionable adhesive and an air-egress liner. This multi-purpose vinyl works for everything from fleet graphics to wayfinding signs, giving PSPs the opportunity to reduce the number of products they keep on hand for different applications.

HP Polymeric Overlaminates:

  • HP Gloss Polymeric Overlaminate and HP Matte Polymeric Overlaminate, which can be used in conjunction with all HP Prime and HP Optimal products or as clear, printable films.

These additions to HP Large Format media are compatible with latex, solvent and UV-curable printers. “This vinyl line offers consistent and reliable image quality which means clients can increase productivity while they decrease waste and labor,” says Vince Bejar, LexJet sales specialist.

LexJet understands the focus on the origin and environmental impact of goods. With that concern in mind, these products are manufactured in America, are REACH compliant, and contain no chemicals that require notification in accordance with Proposition 65.

If you are interested in learning more about the new HP Adhesive Vinyl products, please contact a LexJet sales representative at 800-453-9538 or visit us at www.lexjet.com.

LexJet’s Cosmic Eclipse Sale: $21 on Select Media Rolls

Events like this come around once in a lifetime. That’s right: It’s the LexJet Cosmic Eclipse Sale, where select rolls of media are just $21 for a limited time!

Just like the total eclipse of the sun, this offer won’t last long. Shop online or call a LexJet rep at 800-453-9538 today, Aug. 21, from noon to 4 p.m. Eastern only.

This sale features more than 65 of your favorite products in various sizes, from photo papers and canvas to adhesive vinyl and wallcovering, and much more, while supplies last.

There hasn’t been this much excitement about a complete blockout since LexJet unveiled its Gloss Blockout ThriftyBanner. This opaque banner material is a 15mil, water-resistant aqueous-compatible product that offers 100 percent opacity – totality, if you will. And it’s just one of the Cosmic Sale items you’ll find for just $21 today!

Don’t miss our biggest sale ever! Head over to the Eclipse Sale product page a 12 p.m. Eastern to view the list of $21 rolls or search with the keyword “eclipse” to find eligible products.

Unfolding Creative is Printing a New Path in Large-Format Fine Art

True to its name, Unfolding Creative — a small printing business based in Metro Detroit– thrives on a company mission of tailoring unique products to the exact needs of its clients. Founded in 2010, Unfolding Creative has developed from its inchoate days of specializing in aqueous-based products, and now offers a wide range of services to creative artists, businesses and more.

The company produces a variety of outdoor signage, photo reprints, custom canvases, building wraps and more. However, its primary niche is large format fine art and photographic output tailored to the needs of artists, designers and photographers.

“We try not to bring too much monotony during the day,” says founder and owner Alan Vultaggio. “We work with a variety of people, so it’s nice to have something different from day to day.”