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Flexible Magnetic Sheeting Compatibility Influenced by Two Things

Magnetic sheeting compatibility depends on the type of printer ink
Selecting the right type of magnetic sheeting for your printer is key in achieving quality results. For example, using a magnetic sheeting with a paper top-coat for aqueous ink yields quality prints (above). A vinyl top-coat with the same type of ink creates a blurry, messy image (below).
Flexible magnetic sheeting compatibility largely depends on two things: the type of printer and how the sheeting is being used.  Get these things right and achieving quality results when printing direct to magnet increases greatly.

Printer Compatibility

First, when determining magnetic sheeting compatibility, look to see what type of material to use with your printer.  Printer compatibility largely depends on the type of ink used.   PrintMagnetVinyl is a flexible magnetic sheeting with a vinyl coating used with wide-format solvent, eco-solvent, UV, and latex printers.  Magnetic receptive material, FlexIRON, is also compatible with these same printer types.

For printers using aqueous inks, select PrintMagnet with a paper topcoat as the compatible option for flexible magnetic sheeting and FlexIRON (PP) for a magnetic receptive choice.

Refer to the table for a quick reference of the ink and magnetic sheeting compatibility.

Type of Ink Compatible Material by Brand Name
UV Ink PrintMagnetVinyl, FlexIRON (PET) and FlexIRON (PVC)
Eco-solvent Ink PrintMagnetVinyl, FlexIRON (PET) and FlexIRON (PVC)
Solvent Inks PrintMagnetVinyl, FlexIRON (PET) and FlexIRON (PVC)
Latex Inks PrintMagnetVinyl, FlexIRON (PET) and FlexIRON (PVC)
Screen Printing Inks PrintMagnetVinyl
Aqueous Inks PrintMagnet, FlexIRON (PP)

 

Beyond the ink compatibility, we’ve worked with most major printers to test for quality and compatibility with PrintMagnetVinyl™ and FlexIRON™.  Find a list of printers and more information here.

 

Use Influences Choice

After understanding the type of magnetic sheeting compatible with your printer, the next factor in selecting material is determining where and how it will be used.

Major influencing factors include:

  • Material thickness
  • Indoor or outdoor use
  • Size of project

The thicker the magnetic sheeting means the stronger the sheeting.  However, that isn’t always the best way to select the thickness needed for your project.   Traditionally vehicle magnets need the strength of 30-mil to adhere securely during high speeds. But promotional items like magnetic calendars only need 15-mil.

Projects designed to withstand the outdoor elements of sun, wind and rain clearly require vinyl sheeting for outdoor use.  Alternatively, if printing with aqueous ink on a paper topcoat, laminating the project provides protection from the element.  However, items designed to be used exclusively indoors, like magnetic business cards or P.O.P. signage, simply need material for indoor use.

Also, considering the size and scope of your project prior to deciding on the width of material can potentially save you time and money.  Will you gang up your graphics so that a 48-inch roll is just perfect?  Does a 24-inch roll mean less cutting?  Can we provide a custom size to expedite a large project?  Discuss your project with our sales team and see how we can save you time and money.

Read more tips about printing direct to magnet here.

Our knowledgeable sales team can assist you with determining magnetic sheeting compatibility for your printer and project.  Contact us with questions and samples.

 

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