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Gerber HP Series 280i Plus is a high performance reflective film made exclusively for Gerber by 3M™. Series 280i Plus is durable and dimensionally stable with a clear, pressure-sensitive adhesive designed to withstand a variety of severe weather and handling conditions. It is available in white only on a 78-lb, double-sided, poly-coated liner. Series 280i…

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Wraps Trimming Tips

We do a lot of vehicle wrap work in our shop, and over the years we’ve discovered a lot of cool little tips and tricks that have improved the wrapping process in one way or another. Here are some tips for trimming out your next wrap job.   Trim Carefully—The finish work on the wrap…

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Window Film Selection

The first window films were invented by 3M in the 1960s. They were (and still are) clear or tinted adhesive backed products that allow viewing through the film with a minimum amount of distortion. The original films were dark and not all that transparent. Digital printing has added a whole new dimension to the world…

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The Right Tools for the Job

 A closer look at squeegees and mesh, and how their properties affect specific prints. Shown are squeegee blades with different durometers, as well as some composite blades consisting of several durometers sandwiched together. Blade samples courtesy of Fimor, Serilor brand. My father is a master carpenter, and I learned early on that doing the best…

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Overview of Specialty Inks

Remember four-color process CMYK digital printing? Remember the joys and frustrations of trying to match Pantones or other color specifications? Those frustrating days are long gone with the proliferation of multiple ink colors available in today’s printers. But there are a huge variety of choices, and a limited number of heads on printers. Switching colors…

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How to Profile Dryer Temperature Output

A thermometer with a doughnut probe attachment is commonly used to profile heat output in dryers. The dryer preforms a very important job in a screen-printing shop. If it’s not working properly it can result in the ink that cracks, or falls off after a garment is washed. Achieving the required temperature to completely fuse…

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M&R Launches Screen Printer Success Stories Video Series

GLEN ELLYN, Ill.—M&R introduces a new video series about successful screen printers. The “Screen Printer Success Stories” series is dedicated to bringing screen printers’ stories to light. Those stories range from the bar owners who bought a hole-in-the-wall screen printing shop without knowing what a squeegee was to the unemployed college grad who read an article…

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