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Glossy paper in laser printers

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Message posted at 08/19/2006, 09:55:28 AM by N1kcy
I'm looking into buying a colour laser printer but have recently read that you shouldn't use glossy paper in them, does anyone have an experience with this.



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Message posted at 08/19/2006, 11:12:27 AM by Nlizer
As long as the paper is made for laser printers it's okay to use it. You just have to be careful what you buy.

Do a search for glossy laser paper and you'll get a lot of links. Xerox makes some, Hammermill makes some there are others I'm sure but those I know off the top of my head.

If you use glossy paper that isn't made for lasers then the coating that makes it glossy will stick to your rollers and destroy your printer. It only takes one sheet to do this so I wouldn't recommend it.

I opt to go a different route, instead of buying glossy paper I set my printer so that it prints a glossy finish on matte paper.

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Message posted at 08/19/2006, 11:46:23 AM by N1kcy
Thanks for the quick reply, I didn't know you could print glossy on a matt paper, that sounds very clever, I shall look into it.



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Message posted at 08/19/2006, 12:19:18 PM by KDImages
Another thing about glossy or coated papers - some only work with various machines that run under a certain temperature so again, be careful when you buy any coated papers that they are compatible with your machine.

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Message edited at 08/19/2006, 13:12:41 PM by Ajv123ajv
Silk finish paper is a good mid way result between matt and gloss but you have to get your printer paper setting right for a good result. If you not sure what to do buy a few sheets of A4 and cut them in half then you can do a small test on a A5 size file and see what your printer can do and what your happy with. I find that my Epson Photo Stylus printer works well on most papers set to the right controls.

But then your looking for advise on Laser printing so I expect the results will be different.

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Message posted at 03/16/2008, 19:47:40 PM by Kencb
I run two laser printers professionally in my business. I run gloss paper 90% of the time, with no problem, and excellent results. So it can be done easily.

But these 2 production printers I have are worth big money, so I guess it is the old story, "you get what you pay for".

However a laser printer runs the stock through a fuser, so the paper can get very hot. In general paper designed for laser printers has a higher moisture content to deal with the hot fuser issue.

I have heard of the cheaper type of laser printers struggling a bit on gloss paper, but you can always get a test done on gloss paper prior to purchase of the printer.

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