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wwattles

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I just got my first pack of Frisket film last night, and I'm wondering about its usage. Can I print directly on it, to use as a cutout template for masking, or do I need to print on paper, then lay that on the frisket sheet to cut out both?

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I've never tried that! sounds like a good idea to print the design right on the mask.
My gut feeling is that inkjet printing might not stick to it too well and laser printing might damage the adhesive with the heat of the fusion.
There is only one good way to find out!! Try IT!
 

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Well that didn't work. The inkjet ink just beaded up on the vinyl surface and didn't stay in the shape I needed it to. Drat. I don't think my paper will go through the laser printer at work, either. Double drat. I might end up having to try it by hand (a very daunting task, since what I'm printing/masking is VERY small (3/4-inch tall cursive writing) or end up outsourcing to someone with an ALPS printer and decal film. Bummer!

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I don't know which brand of frisket you're using, but if it has a translucent paper backing, try reversing your design and printing it on the paper side, instead of on the vinyl. You should be able to see the design through the paper; a makeshift lightbox might make it easier.
 

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That thought had already occurred to me (I like the idea!) but alas, it won't work. I need to be able to apply the film to the surface and then do the cutting. The reason is that there is a large number of small internal areas that I need to keep masked.

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Recommendation, if you can find it....

3M sells a paper that can be had in 8.5 X 11 sizes (letter size) that is entirely Post-It paper (the entire sheet is one large post-it note with adhesive covering the entire back side).

You can run this through your printer, peel off the backing and stick it on. It's sorta like having a bond-paper frisket film. I have never seen this available retail, but know it is available for industry use. Some research may find a source for this stuff in low volume.

Something to look into anyway...

jim
 
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