Get the Most Out of Your Aqueous Printer

Are you using your aqueous printer to its full potential? From canvas prints to temporary outdoor graphics, your aqueous printer is the utility player every profitable printshop needs. We’ve put together some applications and media suggestions to help you get the most out of your printer:

Décor: If you are considering décor applications, you may have thought an aqueous printer limited your capabilities, but, in fact, you can print plenty of décor applications, including wall art and wall murals. LexJet Sunset Select Matte Canvas is a customer favorite for photo prints or fine art reproductions. It can also be easily stretched for canvas wraps, like the GOframe system. If you are looking for wall murals, decals or window graphics, try LexJet Print-N-Stick Fabric, an easy-to-use and apply option that’s forgivable and repositionable during installation. Check out our Digital Décor Printing Line Card for more aqueous options, as well as many others.

Soft Signage: One of the fastest-growing trends in the market is the transition to soft signage using fabric rather than rigid vinyl or polyester films for POP displays, banners, framed graphics and even trade show booths. The advantage to fabrics like LexJet Water-Resistant Satin Cloth or LexJet FlexTex 170g is that they are easier and lighter to ship, image nicely and can be used for indoor or temporary outdoor applications. With soft signage textiles, you’ll need some easy finishing techniques — watch this video for quick tips on using a hot knife for perfectly finished edges.

Outdoor Banners: When it comes to outdoor advertising and event signage, LexJet TOUGHcoatTM Water-Resistant Polypropylene and  TOUGHcoatTM ThriftyBanner are two of the most popular products. Both products are easy to handle, offer scratch- and water-resistance, and a bright white point which means vibrant prints, even in outdoor weather. Need more outdoor aqueous options? Check out this blog for more ideas and applications that will look great and stand up to the elements.

Still unsure how you can use your aqueous printer to expand your market offering? Call one of our specialists at 800-453-9538 or visit us at LexJet.com.

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.

 

Introducing: LexJet Gloss Blockout ThriftyBanner

With our newest banner material, LexJet Gloss Blockout ThriftyBanner, we’ve combined a set of features that will make this cost-effective scrim vinyl your new solution for high-impact banners.

This 15-mil banner combines a smooth, bright-white base for excellent color reproduction with a 100 percent opaque black back that blocks out everything.

“We tried a regular banner for a customer who wanted it hanging in the window,” says LexJet customer Chris Kleine, who runs New Mexico-based Graphics by Kleine. “I redid it with the Blockout, and there was literally no show-through. It’s all I push now … I won’t use any other.”

kleine graphics banner
Photo provided by Chris Kleine

The glossy finish makes this product unique on the market, giving photo banners an extra pop that other vinyls can’t produce.

“The gloss enhances the output by, I’d say, 1000 percent,” Kleine says. “You go from a dull matte finish to almost photo quality … it’s perfect.”

With weather- and water-resistance, the aqueous ink-compatible Gloss Blockout ThriftyBanner can last up to six months outdoors, making it the go-to vinyl for pole, street and hanging banners indoors or out. Kleine says the thickness and durability make finishing a breeze.

“You don’t even have to fold and stitch it … just grommet it,” he says. “Other companies want me to use their stuff, but I like the dependability and durability of this product.”

LexJet Gloss Blockout ThriftyBanner is now available in 24-, 36- and 60-inch by 75-foot rolls on LexJet.com or by calling a LexJet print specialist at 800-453-9538.