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Understanding the Digital Technology Used When Printing on Vinyl

Vinyl printingWhen looking for a company to do a boat or vehicle wrap for you, it pays to have a little understanding of what to expect. This will help you settle for a shop that will provide quality service and results.

There are two types of wraps or covers: pre-cured and digitally printed. Pre-cured wraps come in various textured films and solid colors. The digitally printed wraps are designed on a computer before being printed using wide format printers. Rockwallsignsandwraps.com shares some information about the technology used in today’s vinyl printing industry.

Solvent and Eco-Solvent Printers

These printers use extremely sticky solvents or eco-solvent inks. They saturate vinyl with a substantial amount of ink that needs time to dry. Without the right amount of time to dry, wraps printed using these printers are highly prone to failure. Lamination of prints without adequate time to dry makes them appear bubbly and hazy. A minimum of 2 days is necessary for the print to dry off before lamination for a good wrap.

Latex Printers

Latex is the latest technology in the world of vehicle wrapping. Latex printers use inks that are less abrasive than solvent and eco-solvent ones. They have multiple fans and high-powered heaters that allow for a completely dry wrap. Because the composition of latex ink is naturally flexible, it is the best option for vinyl that needs to stretch and conform.

Ultra Violet Printers

UV printers are ideal for window graphics and signage. They are not used for vehicle wraps as the ink becomes brittle when it dries after undergoing curing under UV light. Stretching vinyl that is printed using these printers increases the risk of ink cracking beneath the laminate.

Vinyl printing is indeed a remarkable technology that benefits the world. Look for a shop that offers quality printing and vehicle wrap services in your location. Choose one that uses genuine inks to ensure the quality and longevity of the print.