SMartGRAIN(TM) Inkjet Printable Wood Veneer Instructions
PRODUCT IS TO BE USED IN INKJET PRINTERS ONLY!
These hints and tips for use will help you make the best possible use of our product.
READ THIS INFORMATION BEFORE HANDLING OR
ATTEMPTING TO PRINT ON THE VENEER!
Wood veneer is sensitive to humidity. Veneer absorbs water and can curl or
warp unless there is sufficient weight during storage to prevent curling or warping.
It also helps to store the veneer in plastic to keep the surface of the veneer clean
and free from dirt and oils. Extreme temperature changes can also effect veneer.
Preparation for Printing
For printing, use the single sheet loading procedure. Test the feeding by loading
and ejecting a sheet to check for any feeding problems. Be sure to set your printer
for the maximum material thickness possible. This is often the card stock or envelope
setting for desk top or small format printers. Check your owners manual to be sure!
Try to keep your printer's rollers clean, and make sure the edges of the veneer have
not been damaged during transport or storage.
Printing on SMartGRAIN® Veneer
We recommend that you become familiar with the wood veneer by test-printing
a sample image on a part of the veneer to enable you to adjust the color, brightness,
contrast and any other adjustments of your image before moving to full-scale printing.
Repeat until the desired results are achieved. The grain of the veneer should be
kept parallel to the rollers when going through the printer when using a small format
or desktop printer.
Remember that you are printing on a material that is not white, so some color
changes may be needed to obtain the desired colors and/or desired results.
Colors and transparency can be manipulated to achieve very interesting and attractive
results. Use your printer's most detailed image setting. You should also use the ink
settings that apply the least amount of ink. If you are unsure, consult your printer owner's
Securing the Image
Once the desired image has been successfully printed, the material should be handled
with care, and allowed to fully dry. A spray finish must be used to protect the printed
veneer. A number of spray finishes have been successfully used for this purpose, but
again we recommend testing a small portion before broad application. Make sure the
finish is thoroughly dry before proceeding. Self-adhesive laminate material available
in office supply stores works well for a quick protective finish. Again we suggest a trial
Attaching the Veneer to your Project
Several methods can be used to attach the veneer to the target material. Almost
any kind of wood glue or contact adhesive will work. Double-faced adhesive films
also work very well but should NOT be used in conjunction with a solvent-based
finish. Use a clean sheet of paper to cover and protect the veneer while applying
pressure to form a bond and follow the glue manufacturer's instructions. One or two
spray coats of finish should be applied before attaching the veneer to the target
material or project, and more can be applied once the veneer is in place. As always,
a test project should be completed before attempting something on a larger scale.
Promise of Quality
We are proud to offer a product produced to best of our ability.
However, we cannot be responsible for the way in which our product is used
once it leaves our hands. This includes but is not limited to problems that may arise
from the purchaser's use of, or skills with, printing equipment or software. Also,
please understand that this veneer is a product of Mother Nature, and that
undetected flaws may exist.
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