Let’s Take It Outside with Aqueous Printers & Media

It’s time to dispel the myth that graphics printed with aqueous technology can’t stand the test of time when displayed outdoors. With wide-format printer manufacturers like Epson, Canon and HP advancing their pigment inks, media is performing better than ever when facing the elements.

“When you’re talking about outdoor durability, it comes down to three things,” says Jaimie Mask, LexJet product specialist, “the inks — which have definitely advanced — and the inkjet coating (including top coat and anchor coating) and the substrate itself. Take LexJet’s TOUGHcoat Water Resistant Polypropylene. The reason we call it TOUGHcoat is because its coating is engineered to withstand outdoor climate changes, like wind and rain.”

All New ThriftyBanner, Now with Blockout


We’ve taken everything you love about LexJet TOUGHcoat ThriftyBanner: its smooth, bright-white finish, weather resistance and budget-friendly price point, and added a blockout banner and made it more durable and long-lasting with an even smoother finish.

The all new LexJet TOUGHcoat Blockout ThriftyBanner is a 15mil, water-resistant aqueous-compatible banner material that offers 100 percent opacity and will last up to six months outdoors.

Key Product Features:

  • Bright-white, super-smooth surface that ensures image quality
  • Black back for 100 percent opacity
  • Water-, weather- and scratch-resistant
  • Durable and consistent
  • Lasts up to six months outside
  • Compatible with aqueous and latex printers

The addition of the black blockout backing adds more versatility to ThriftyBanner when you need a material that hides unsightly views, construction sites, old signage or lighting.

Plus, it’s perfectly designed to partner with Canon, Epson and HP aqueous printers, getting the most out of their expansive color gamuts to deliver rich, vibrant images.

You can feel confident in using LexJet TOUGHcoat Blockout ThriftyBanner for pole, street and hanging banners of all types, and it works great for indoor applications, as well.

Contact a LexJet print specialist at 800-453-9538 to find out how to work this new banner material into your toolbox of offerings for your customers.

Now Available: LexJet’s Digital Catalog

Catalog cover

Now available online is LexJet’s Digital Catalog, a flipable product guide that includes all of the media, printers, ink, laminates, and accessories available at LexJet.com.

The catalog is organized by printer type: aqueous, solvent, and latex. Within each section, you can flip page by page to find papers, canvas, coatings, framing systems, films, adhesive-backed materials, fabrics, inks, and printers. A wide variety of brands are featured, including LexJet, Sunset, HP, Canon, Epson, Fredrix, Kodak, and many others.

Each product page features multiple items within the category as well as imagery of the products in use. Next to the individual product names, click on the plus sign to read more details about that particular item, see the variety of sizes it is available in, and add it to your shopping cart. Click on the product name to go directly to purchase.product example

New and best-selling products are highlighted throughout. If a media is available for more than one type of printer, it will be noted with a small black tab with letters that indicate A=aqueous; S=solvent; U=UV; L=latex.

Because the catalog is digital, you’ll be able to stay right on the page and watch informative videos on several of the products. But the interactivity doesn’t stop there. You can click through the table of contents, search for a product by name, and visit the catalog regularly for the latest updates on new and existing products.

Take a look through the new LexJet Digital Catalog now. If you have questions, please feel free to call a LexJet print specialist at 800-453-9538.

How to Cover a Wall for Less than $2 per Square Foot

Our Experience Center team took on the challenge of completely refreshing a 26-foot-by-7-foot wall using LexJet Print-N-Stick Fabric.

In the video above, watch how the team installed 36-inch panels across the entire wall to create a faux-wood wallpaper-type treatment. They then finished it off with a variety framed canvas pieces.

The Print-N-Stick part of the project took 4 hours and cost less than $2 per square foot, with no messy wallpaper glue and no residue left behind on the wall, should they decide to give it a makeover again.

PrintNStick Collage

Want to learn more about Print-N-Stick Fabric applications? Check out how St. Thomas More Catholic Newman Center on the Minnesota State University Campus customized a wall using a personalized hand drawing printed on LexJet Print-N-Stick Fabric.

Bold, Bright Suite Graphics Light up an Arena

Wall Graphics for Branding and Advertising

Competing for the consumer’s attention is especially intense at public venues like sports arenas and stadiums. Inundated with advertising messages, not to mention the game or event at hand, it can be difficult to stand out and grab someone’s attention.

Coca-Cola Bottling Co. High Country in Rapid City, S.D., found a solution to this vexing challenge at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City: a full wrap of its corporate suite in bold Coca-Cola red.

Inkjet Printed Wall Murals“When we got the suite in January of 2012 we wanted to do something dynamic that would stand out and make it obvious we were in there,” explains Holly LaGrande, marketing manager for Coca-Cola Bottling Co. High Country. “Because we were the first to wrap the inside of one of the suites it was very visible, not only because it was the first one, but because it was so bright and so red. It’s very vibrant, and I was even worried that we overdid it. However, the people at the arena like it and were looking forward to someone doing it because no one had to that point, and the beer companies followed up with their own wraps.”

LaGrande used Photo Tex PSA Fabric – Aqueous Printers from LexJet and printed the wrap in 60″ x 144″ panels. The panels were installed in the suite in two four-hour sessions, which LaGrande did by herself. She says it would have been nearly impossible to apply the graphics by herself with an adhesive-backed vinyl since Photo Tex is repositionable and thus extremely easy to apply and re-apply if necessary.

Adding Graphics to Walls
Before: What a difference a wall mural makes, as you can see in the “after” pictures above.

“First, I had to take out all the light fixtures, door stops and electrical outlets and strip everything out. Then, I started at the top on the far left and applied each panel across. I was able to pull it apart and get it re-applied easily when it bunched up,” says LaGrande.

LaGrande plans to update the graphics for the 2013-2014 hockey season in late summer or early fall and says she’s looking forward to printing the project on the new Canon iPF9400 she picked up from LexJet earlier this year.

YouTube HowTo: How to Apply Wall Graphics with Photo Tex

How to apply inkjet printed wall muralsPhoto Tex is one of the most popular inkjet print materials available at LexJet, and for good reason. It’s versatile, easy to install and just as easy to remove, leaving little to no residue behind after it’s removed.

Though it can be used on a variety of surfaces, and has been, from windows to sign boards, it’s most common application is for wall murals and die-cut decals applied to walls in a diverse range of environments and applications, including convention center graphics, room décor, restaurant art and corporate lobby graphics.

Photo Tex comes in two flavors: One which is compatible with aqueous printers and another compatible with solvent, low-solvent, latex and UV-curable printers. Call a LexJet customer specialist at 800-453-9538 to find out more and for information about the full slate of LexJet’s wall graphics solutions. Also, be sure to check out the free white paper, Increase Revenue by Offering Wall Murals.

In the video below, video production coordinator Sean McGettigan, he of the multiple talents, shows how easy it is to apply and remove Photo Tex, as well as the best method for application…