6444ink drying time
- Aug 7, 2006Hello there,
I am a relative newbie printing non-commercially with an ink drying question that may be
related to the type of paper I am using, or could just be that I need to add some kind of
dryer to my ink (or both?).
I am printing a 2-color job using Gans rubber-based ink on Gmund Bier Cover (92lb)
paper. According to the paper's specs, it has a varnish on one-side and it recommends
printing on that side since it will "reduce picking and increase print fidelity" and, of course,
I printed on that side.
Many days later, it is still tacky and I am left wondering if there is anything I can do after
the fact to help the ink dry â" or, reprint the run on the unvarnished side. It's a small-ish
run and I have plenty of leftover materials, so I could reprint but I'm not sure if it's going
to dry any quicker or if the picking issue is truly going to be a problem. Maybe I just need
to add ink dryer?
I've tried slip-sheeting, laying them out with a fan on them and, as an experiment, even
tried throwing a small stack of printed sheets on a rack in my clothes dryer set to air fluff.
The latter seems to have dried out the paper quite nicely â" it's cracking when I fold it â"
but the ink is still a bit sticky. Don't know if it helps my paper argument, but I printed 3
interior pages with the same inks, but on Mohawk Superfine Eggshell cover which dried in
about 2 days slip-sheeted.
Anyone have any suggestions or recommendations? If ink dryer is the key, can you
recommend something that would work with these inks?
Thanks so much. I really appreciate any help you could give me.
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