1. Open Browser on PC connected to printer.
2. In the address bar type in the IP of the Printer.
3. Click on the Setup Tab.
4. Click Substrate Presets Management.
5. Click Choose File.
6. Browse to the .OMS profile you downloaded and select it (Note: if the OMS file is Zipped or compressed please extract before selecting).
7. Click Update.

Magic products are developed with OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) printers and printer settings as a key benchmark. Developing our products to this specification allows a wider range of compatibility and excellent results with generic OEM printer settings. We strive to have dedicated ICC profiles for every material / printer / ink / RIP combination. If Magic does not have a profile for your setup, you can use the following procedure.

  1. Search the OEM’s profile library for the closest media match. Use media type finish thickness.
  2. Print a small test image, approximately 8.5” x 11”, using the OEM profile.
  3. Evaluate the printed test image to determine if it is acceptable.

ISSUES?

  • Adjust printer temperature, adjust speed (pass count & delay) or switch to uni-directional mode. These adjustments will improve ink adhesion, coalescence and print quality.

A dedicated ICC profile is currently unavailable for HP latex printers. You can use the following procedure to ensure success when printing on Magic SCF7.

  1. Load the HP White Satin Poster Paper profile.
  2. Open the Color Correction tab. Increase the saturation levels by +10 for all the ink colors.
  3. Select Edit Printer Settings on the Print Page.
  4. Turn on High Ink Level by placing a checkmark in the box.
  5. Decrease the vacuum level to 5.
  6. Proceed with your print job.

ISSUES?

  • Print side is the smoother side. Rolls are wound print side out.
  • Increase the heat to facilitate ink cure if needed, but if the material ripples you’ll need to decrease the heat until they disappear. Suggested heater starting points: 77°F pre-heat, 95°F post-heat.
  • If the low heat settings cause curing issues, add a small inter-pass delay offset of about 0.5-1 second.
  • Scratches in the film are a result of HP’s excessive loading and print finishing sequence. The sequence will forward and reverse the film repeatedly until it starts the print. We recommend adding a 6”-12” border at the start and end of the print to prevent scratches in the graphic.

1. Click the resources tab on the homepage.
2. Click the pink “icc profile search” box.
3. Select Product, Printer Make, RIP or Printer Driver and Printer Model (all fields are not required) and click search.
4. Click on the blue link to download the appropriate file.
5. If the file is zipped, unzip it and read the “how to” PDF for instructions on how to import the profile into a RIP or use proper color management settings.

Four factors contribute to ink drying time during the printing process. Ink Compatibility, Print Speed, Time and ICC profiles determine how fast the ink dries. The time it takes the ink to properly dry affects the quality of the final print.

Ink Compatibility must be determined before purchasing a Magic product. Common signs of ink compatibility issues include ink bleeding, drying issues, saturation of colors and persistent banding. Refer to the compatibility bubbles which can be found on every product page to prevent compatibility issues.

Print Speed is often overlooked as the cause of an ink drying issue. Printing too fast may cause ink to be applied during a following head pass before the preceding head pass can dry. Try decreasing the speed of the printer by increasing the print quality dpi and/or increasing the number of printhead passes.

Time may be required to allow the ink to dry and properly cure. Ink may feel dry immediately after printing, but it’s best practice to allow prints to dry for 24 hours. This extended time allows the ink to cure properly on the media surface.

ICC Profiles contain settings for the printer to accurately reproduce an image. The profile controls printer speed, heater temperature, ink limits and color accuracy. Make sure that you are using the correct profile for the Magic product loaded in the printer. Instructions for downloading the correct ICC Profile can be found here.

MAGIC FAB6 is a 100% polyester woven fabric with our proprietary matte coating that creates vibrant, long-lasting prints. It can be used in applications such as wall décor, banners, roll-up banners and retail advertising. Here are some FAB6 tips to ensure your print project is a success.

  • Use minimum vacuum pressure during the printing process.
  • Cut the material with a hot fabric knife to eliminate fraying of the material.
  • Cut the material on a glass surface to prevent fraying of the material.
  • Standard high-tack banner tape can be used to hem the edge of the material.
  • FAB6 should not be folded, washed or ironed because the inks and coating are likely to crack.
  • Liquid laminates such as ClearShield Classic can be applied to FAB6 for additional protection. Use a paintbrush, short-nap or high-density foam roller to apply a thin coating of the laminate. Allow the first coat to dry completely for an hour before applying a second coat. Spray laminates are also suitable.

TYPES OF LAMINATE

  • Heat Activated – The adhesive requires high levels of heat to be activated before it will adhere to the media.
  • Pressure Sensitive – The adhesive is aggressive and requires pressure to adhere to the print. Heat is not required with this laminate.
  • Liquid – Applied by hand using a brush, roller or a spray gun applicator. It can be used with a roll-to-roll liquid laminator.

APPLICATIONS & USES

Laminates are designed to be used in a variety of applications. A quality laminate protects the ink or toner from environmental conditions such as water and dirt. Some products offer additional UV protection to increase print durability and lifespan. Laminates can also be used to change the appearance or finish of the graphic. Changing a print from a matte to a gloss finish or adding texture are good application examples.

COMPATIBILITY

It’s important to pick a laminate that is compatible with your media. Vinyl laminate should be used to laminate vinyl media and polyester laminate should be used to laminate polyester. Choosing an incompatible laminate can result in a product failure. This could result in a costly reprint of the entire project.

MEDIA PREPARATION

Allow the print to dry completely before applying an over laminate. Refer to the OEM’s drying instructions for your ink set. It’s best practice in our industry to allow the print to dry for 24 hours. This additional time will ensure the ink has cured and prevent lamination issues. Wipe the print with a clean, lint free cloth to remove dust and debris before applying the over laminate.

LAMINATION PROCEDURE FOR PRESSURE SENSITIVE FILM

  1. Make sure the rollers in the laminator are clean.
  2. Feed the laminate into the laminator following the manufacturer’s instructions.
    1. Use tape to secure the laminate liner to the upper wind-up shaft.
    2. Pull the laminate through the area where the upper and lower roller meet (nip) until it is about 1 foot past the rollers.
  3. Set the laminator pressure at the OEM’s recommended setting to avoid wrinkles.
  4. Lower the upper laminator roller.
  5. Set the motor to run in the FORWARD direction. The speed should be set at approximately 2 feet per minute.
  6. Slowly start the laminator. Make sure there are no wrinkles in the laminate as it passes through the rollers.

Note: If wrinkles occur, increase or decrease the pressure setting until the laminate smooths out.

  1. Increase the motor speed to about 15 feet per minute.
  2. Slide the printed media through the in-feed table alongside the guide bar.
  3. Release the finished print from the machine using a safety knife.
  4. Trim the finished print.

TIPS & TRICKS

Set the laminator to the proper settings before starting your project. Settings include temperature, tension, and pressure. The temperature may have to be increased due to laminator heating coil age or the size of the rollers. Limit the amount of tension during the application of the laminate through the laminator. After application, allow the laminate adhesive to cure overnight if possible.

If possible, design your graphic with a non-imaged border around the edges. The laminate will bond more aggressively to the non-imaged border. It is also recommended to leave some unprinted media in front of your print. This will allow you to check for wrinkles or problems with your laminator beforehand. Follow the recommended ink saturation levels. Failure to do so may result in laminate adhesion failure.

Various environmental factors will impact the effectiveness of the adhesion. It is important to limit the amount of stress that causes adhesive failure. Since laminated graphics are comprised of several components it is likely that at least one layer will fail. Whether it be the coating to substrate or bond coat layer, coating or ink to laminate adhesive layer, the coating layer itself or the adhesive itself.

Encapsulating your graphics will produce better results than laminating the front and back. Encapsulation provides adhesive to adhesive bond and seals the graphic ensuring complete water fastness. Encapsulate with a ¼”- ½” border around the edges of the print.

Trimming the edges will promote stress and can decrease the effectiveness of the adhesion. If trimming is necessary, wait at least 1 hour before doing so and use a sharp blade. When transporting, wrap the laminated media loosely, wrapping it tightly may affect the adhesion as well.

TROUBLESHOOTING 

Laminating takes practice, you may experience a variety of issues the first few times you laminate. Common issues that may arise are listed below:

  • Cloudy lamination is a result of insufficient heat.
  • Bubbles in the laminate is a result of the temperature being too high or the image not being completely dry.
  • Silvering is caused when the adhesive does not wet out. Silvering can be eliminated by either increasing the temperature or slowing down the speed. It may be necessary to do both.
  • Over laminating one side with too much tension can cause the product to curl toward the laminated side and the edges to lift.

SURFACE PREP BEFORE PRINTING

Clean your printer thoroughly of dust and debris that could stick to the product.  The adhesive side of the window perf is the print side. Do not use the take-up reel with this type of product. For large projects or overnight runs, lay a piece of non-stick backer on the floor for the product to lay on.

PRINTING

When printing of NEWVUE, the media sensor detector may see through the perforation holes causing the print job to delete or result is a “media out” error. Cover the media sensor detector with masking tape to prevent this from happening. Remove the masking tape after the print job is complete.

AFTER PRINTING

When your image is done printing carefully cut the image off the printer and lay it flat on a table or wind it loosely with the image size out and stand it on one end. Perforated window films should be cut by hand.

SHIPMENT/TRANSPORTATION

When shipping sheets, place a piece of silicone lined paper over the printed/adhesive side of the product to protect it from dust and debris. When shipping tubes, place a piece of silicone lined paper over the printed/adhesive side of the product to protect it from dust and debris. Wind image side out on a 3”+ core. If the product is being stored in anything other than its original packaging do not stack it.

PRE-INSTALLATION

Clean windows thoroughly with soap and water. Isopropyl alcohol can be used to remove any additional residue. Do not use ammonia or glass cleaner such as Windex. Dry the glass completely with a lint-free cloth. The glass should be between 40º F and 80º F. Smaller panels can be applied dry. Unlaminated larger panels can be applied using a small amount of application fluid such as Rapid Tac. The fluid should completely evaporate after the panel is applied to the window.

INSTALLATION

Allow the window film to lay flat for at least 1 hour before installing. Peel the edge of the liner off the vinyl and fold it back 3 to 6 inches. Align the graphic to the window and gently press the top corners down. Press the film against the window using a soft plastic squeegee. Continue peeling the liner and gently pressing the film down until the liner is removed. Trim any excess film with a utility knife. Squeegee the film starting in the center to the edges. Be sure that the edges and corners are firmly against the windows. If your graphic is on more than one panel, carefully align the graphics with the previous panel so the edges butt against each other with the holes aligned. Do not overlap the film.

PREPARATION

Allow images to dry for at least 24 hours before handling. Desired surface treatments should be applied and completely dry prior to stretching onto a frame. It is recommended to allow canvas to rest in room temperature for several hours before stretching. Canvas should not be stretched in temperatures below 65˚F as canvas is more susceptible to cracking in cold environments. The ideal environment for stretching canvas is 50% RH/70˚F. For best results, line a table with felt to help protect the print during the stretching process.

LIQUID LAMINATES

ClearShield Canvas Guard or similar products are recommended to protect and prolong the life of Magic’s TORINO canvases. Use a high-density foam roller or a 3/16″ short-nap roller. Immerse the roller in the liquid. The roller should be completely covered but not dripping. Blot excess liquid with a piece of paper.  Roll a thin layer of the liquid laminate onto the canvas starting on one side working your way to the other. Let this first coat dry for 30 to 60 minutes. Roll another thin to medium layer onto the canvas.

THE FRAME

Stretcher bars with rounded edges are preferable verses stretcher bars with sharp edges. Ensure the frame is square by measuring across the diagonal corners, the measurements should be equal. Add a cross brace if desired. Cross braces are recommended for stretcher frames 24”x36” and larger.

THE CANVAS

Cut the canvas 4” longer than the assembled stretcher frame on all four sides. Canvas should be snug but not overstretched across the frame.

MOUNTING

  1. Staple one side of the canvas to the frame starting in the center. Insert 3 staples 1.5” to 2” apart.
  2. Rotate frame to opposite side and be careful not to drag the canvas across the table.
  3. Use stretching pliers to grasp the edge of the canvas in the center and pull taut.
  4. Staple the canvas to the frame starting in the center as you did on the opposite side.
  5. Repeat this process on the two unattached sides.
  6. Add 2 staples to each side of the first staples. Ensure the canvas is secured on all edges with staples.

FINISHING

  1. Double fold the canvas at the corners. The final fold should line up with the edge of the frame.
  2. Staple the folded canvas to the back of the frame.
  3. Fold any excess canvas to the back of the frame and staple.

Note: To reduce canvas bulk at the corners of the frame, consider using wedge corner cuts.

STORAGE

Stretched canvas should be stored in the vertical position. Avoid leaning canvas prints against each other. If you cannot avoid this, place glassine or craft paper between the canvases.

SURFACE PREPARATION

Before installation, thoroughly clean the application surface.

  • Remove any additional residual residue such as tape with a razor blade.
  • Plastics and glass surfaces should be cleaned with window cleaner such as Windex. Wipe the surface with a lint-free cloth until dry.
  • Painted metals and base metals should be cleaned with solvent cleaners such as Xylol Xylene or lacquer thinner.  Wipe the surface with a lint-free cloth until dry.
  • Allow newly painted surfaces to dry for at least 72 hours before installing vinyl graphics.
  • Painted surfaces should be cleaned with household cleaners such as Fantastic or 409. Wipe the surface with a lint-free cloth until dry.

APPLICATION TEMPERATURE

The optimum temperature range to install vinyl is 60°F (16°C) – 90°F (32°C).

INSTALLATION

Vinyl graphics have three components, the pre-mask which is the top surface, the vinyl graphic and the wax paper liner which is the bottom surface.

  1. Attach the vinyl graphic to the application surface with small pieces of masking tape.
  2. Place a strip of masking tape across the top of the graphic. Half of the tape should be on the graphic and the other half should be on the application surface.  The tape will act as a “hinge” which will keep the graphic in place during application.
  3. Hold the bottom edge of the vinyl graphic away from the application surface and carefully remove the wax paper liner. Do not let the adhesive side of the graphic touch the surface yet.
  4. Hold the vinyl graphic away from the application surface. Starting from the top working your way to the bottom, firmly squeegee the vinyl to the surface working from the center out. Do not let the entire graphic fall onto the surface. If creases develop, carefully lift and adjust the graphic as needed.
  5. Carefully peel the pre-mask from the graphic at a 180-degree angle back over itself.
  6. If there are any remaining air bubbles in the vinyl, put a piece of leftover liner over the graphic with the shiny side facing outwards and press down firmly with a squeegee to remove the bubbles