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      Post #69671, posted on 03-07-2018 GMT-5 hours    
      Hello fellow airliner modelers,

      I have been designing and printing out my own homemade decals for the past few years now and was wondering what the best printer is to achieve good results. My current printer, an Epson XP-640, prints the decals but not very clean. No matter how much I clean the print head and perform maintenance. Is there a recommended printer I should be using to get better results?

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      Post #69704, posted on 03-10-2018 GMT-5 hours    
      I've done presentable inkjet decals in the past. For me, it wasn't so much an issue of finding the best printer but one of trial and error in making my decals come out the best. Have you tried multiple approaches to making decals? To clearcoating? Different inks? Using different decal paper from different manufacturers? If you haven't, I'd suggest that you do before dropping more money on a new printer, when your current printer may be perfectly acceptable for printing decals. Also, what do you mean by your Epson not printing cleanly?

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      Post #69705, posted on 03-10-2018 GMT-5 hours    
      Hi

      i use the Oki 332DN Laser printer for my decals i used to use inkjet , i used the Cannon MG5250 which gave a good quality print , i find the laser printer a lot better one you dont have to seal the decals and two the laser film is a lot thinner than the inkjet and bends arround curves better and you dont get the problem with the inks bleeding when you cut near the colours

      a photo of a model using the laser printer

      Tigerair Boeing 737-800 1:144 scale by Richard Warcup, on Flickr

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      Post #69724, posted on 03-11-2018 GMT-5 hours    
      That looks really good Ric. Can you tell me what print settings you use for your decal output?

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      Post #69725, posted on 03-12-2018 GMT-5 hours    
      Hi Bob,

      What happens is the printer will print out the art work on the decal paper with ink streaks. Before I print I usually use the maintenance function to clean and align the print head. Even after doing this the print still comes out smeared. It could be the decal paper but I suspect its the ink cartridges or print head. Just was wondering if anyone else has had this problem.

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      Post #69731, posted on 03-12-2018 GMT-5 hours    
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      Hi Bob,

      What happens is the printer will print out the art work on the decal paper with ink streaks. Before I print I usually use the maintenance function to clean and align the print head. Even after doing this the print still comes out smeared. It could be the decal paper but I suspect its the ink cartridges or print head. Just was wondering if anyone else has had this problem.

      Thanks for replying back fellow airliner builders!

      Terry



      I had that problem too until I stumbled across the solution on the internet. The problem was that the laser printer paper is very temperature-sensitive. If you leave it to sit at room temperature for half an hour or even warm it up with a hair drier it will print perfectly. This worked for me and another modeller who had the same problem with the HP CP1025 laser printer. Hope this helps.

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      Post #69733, posted on 03-12-2018 GMT-5 hours    
      Hi Terry,
      I was just wondering if your printer has a setting for thick or heavy paper? It could be that as the decal paper is thicker than normal printer paper it is catching on the print head.
      Just a thought.
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      Post #69735, posted on 03-12-2018 GMT-5 hours    
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      That looks really good Ric. Can you tell me what print settings you use for your decal output?



      on the laser Printer i print it on the highest detail setting " Graphic Pro" with the Decal paper set as "Card Stock" thats what the maufacturer of the paper recomends

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      Post #69736, posted on 03-12-2018 GMT-5 hours    
      Thanks!