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1. Problem Printers:

There always seems to be one bad apple in the bunch and in the world of laser printers there is no exception. The BROTHER line of printers is exceptional except when it comes to compatibility of their toner formulation with our foils. Years ago BROTHER changed their toner formulation to a very high temperature toner and that along with some non-plastic ingredients is the crux of the problem. Conventional toner used by all other manufacturers use "styrene" plastic (what makes the toner melt into the paper) in the mix of 9 elements that makes up toner powder. Brother went to what is believed to be an epoxy type of re-fusible material.

 

2. Laser Printer Settings:

There are 2 settings on your printer you want to set.

 

TONER DENSITY:

This setting normally ranges from 1 to 5 (or similar). The factory default is the mid-range setting. When printing graphics to foil, you want the highest amount of toner deposited to your specialty papers as our "TRF" foils will only transfer to toner and if the toner density is low, you can get other than perfect transfers. This setting is normally not within your standard "printing dialog box". Rather, you use the manufacturer's PRINTER UTILITY program to talk to the printer to make this setting.

 

PAPER TYPE:

All laser printers default to printing on standard, smooth, 20# to 24# bond paper. When you run heavyweight and/or textured papers through a printer, you may not get a great result because printer parameters need to set to let the printer know what it's printing on. When you find the list of "types" of papers, you'll see everything in a list like, Plain, Transparency, Coated, Uncoated, Gloss, Card Stock, etc. It doesn't hurt to go with the heaviest sounding paper in the list to guarantee you'll get a good dense printout that the foils will easily transfer to without any foil transfer errors. Keep in mind that you can't "re-foil" a page to correct a hiccup due to the height of the exisiting foil, so a second foil can't get down into the pits of missing foil to fix a problem. Set the printer parameters and you shouldn't ever have a foiling problem.

 

 

3. "What if I only have an Inkjet printer?"

Because our TRF foils will only transfer to "toner", you have three options here...
 
1. LASER PRINTERS:
Most all are great (except for BROTHER as mentioned above in #1). New, entry level printers aren't expensive but you can get much better bang-for-the-buck by considering older 'refurbished' printers.
 
2.QUICK-PRINT COPY SHOPS:
Using your local print shop is fine but can be a hassle to always have to drive down to them. This can also complicate things if you are wanting to do some of the more advanced techniques, as you'd need to make several trips back to the store. However, doing just simple one-color foiling jobs makes this option a viable way to go.
 
3. DESKTOP COPIERS:
Specifically the micro-sized units from Canon, called the 'PC' series. These units are briefcase sized photo-static copiers that make a GREAT reproduction from your inkjet original. The 'PC' series of copiers has been around for many years so you can pickup a used one for pennies on the dollar from outlets like eBay and Amazon.
 
The oldest units are the PC-140 and every year or two they increased the number but with no changes to the product's internal guts - strictly cosmetic changes to the case. Models include the PC-140, PC-150, PC-160, PC-170, etc. No need to buy the newest as they all do a great job of converting your inkjet original to a toner-based reproduction. We've had a PC-150 in our office for about 15 years now and it keeps cranking out great prints on-demand.