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Old 10-10-2006, 05:10 AM   #1
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Hi - I'm trying to print on paper that's been abraided (as if wetted, then dried ungently by hand) with an inkjet - the results are very poor, and i can't substitute the paper (and i've only got a limited supply - experimentation is taking it's toll). Is there a coating I can apply, or a process i can use to "de-rough" - smooth - the paper?

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Old 10-10-2006, 05:16 AM   #2
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I guess the inkjet ink is bleeding some?
Just a thought, but perhaps try putting a large and heavy book on a couple of sheets and let them sit for an hour or so?
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Old 10-10-2006, 12:54 PM   #3
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curioser: Is there a coating I can apply, or a process i can use to "de-rough" - smooth - the paper?
You may not need to but I need some info before I can offer any advice...

1. Which inkjet printer?

2. What paper is this--maker name???

3. Is it for inkjets?

4. Do you use color management at all--as in calibrate your monitor, use paper profiles, etc??

You might take a look at inkaid which can be applied to all sorts of surfaces to be used in inkjet printing...

Hope that helps...

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Old 10-10-2006, 02:13 PM   #4
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the problem is that by dumming down what u have - u might as wel buy the right paper - ink jets work by spraying a very small amount of ink onto the paper - the distance from the nozzle to the paper is critical - seems like you have a varying paper depth -If you are doing this for money and committed yourself -i suggest that u contact the maker of the printer they may be able to help
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Old 10-11-2006, 06:38 PM   #5
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You could try running it through a laser printer or photocopier, but I have my doubts as to how well it will work.

Or ironing it?
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Old 10-12-2006, 02:00 AM   #6
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Thanks all for your responses, they were very helpful in testing different approaches and ultimately arriving at the temporary solution i'm using (wetting the sheets and running them through a roll-lamination machine - ref: djb's ironing suggestion). this does solve the roughed issue mentioned and the sheets generally turn out crisp, flat and smooth - but even so, the quality is far from where i need it to be. a few days of more thorough examination of printing techniques has led me to believe a lithographic press would greatly improve output, or perhaps gravure. do consumer-level lithographic presses even exist? if not, what would be the suggested approach to print fine detail on heavy matte-finished paper with irregular surfaces? would a coating be of benefit? if so, any recommendations? would something as simple as a switch from inkjet to laserjet provide any benefit?

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Old 10-12-2006, 02:10 AM   #7
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You might try looking on the Luminous Landscape site, which has lots of articles on inkjet printing, and forums for discussing same.

http://www.luminous-landscape.com

There are lots of specialist watercolour-type papers for inkjets: Hannemuhle, Somerset and Lyson are some well-known brands.
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Old 10-12-2006, 04:35 AM   #8
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I don't what the job entails, but you may want to explore the possibility of letterpress...
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