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Card Printing Tips

March 28, 2011

Since hand oil will transfer to the cards causing smudging, fingerprints or other distortion when printing, cards should be handled by the edges, not by the flat finished surface. In addition, the use of lint free gloves or finger cots can help.

  1. Always check cards for noticeable debris. In some instances there may be small pieces of vinyl, lint or dust on the card. Clean cards using 99% pure Isopropyl alcohol and a soft, lint free cloth.
  2. The environment where you print the cards should be neat, clean and free of airborne particles.
  3. Check the printer’s roller frequently. Clean the printer roller, at a minimum, after every ribbon replacement or more frequently if necessary.
  4. Occasionally, fine scuff marks appear on the surface of cards. These marks will not affect the printer, or the outcome of the printed images.
  5. Do not print cards which are pre-punched. The slot edge may tear the printer ribbon, interfere with card position sensors or cause you to break pixels in your printhead that can cause white lines through the card.


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