New Product: EXOstencil Screen Prep Paper Sheets

We’re thrilled to announce that Coastal Business Supplies now stocks EXOstencil Screen Prep Paper Sheets by Neenah Paper Inc. to help accommodate your screen printing needs!

These innovative sheets provide a quick and chemical-free solution to combat all of the costs and time involved in preparing screens the traditional way.

Less Money, Less Time

Making and reclaiming screens can be a tedious, expensive and time-consuming process requiring specialty equipment and costly chemicals. With its patented weed-free two paper technology, the EXOstencil Screen Prep Paper eliminates the need for high-priced emulsion and the hours of time required for coating and drying screens. Once you’re familiar with the two step application process, you can make new screens in as little as five minutes using the same equipment that you most likely already have in your screen printing shop.

The EXOstencil Prep Paper does not require any special ink or setup to achieve brilliant results. It has been tested and certified for use with plastisol, water-based, UV and conventional solvent-based inks.

The major benefits of the EXOstencil Screen Prep Paper include:

·      Faster screen prep time (no drying required)
·      Quicker production turnaround
·      Chemical-free process
·      Compatibility with all laser printers
·      Elimination of costly chemicals, emulsion and equipment
·      Reduction of labor required in manufacturing new screens
·      No new equipment necessary!

Helpful Tips & Tricks

Ready to start printing? Here are some tips to keep in mind when using EXOstencil Screen Prep Paper:

·      Creating screens using this process is appropriate for mesh counts ranging between 85-230.

·      Designs requiring three ink colors or less work best with the EXOstencil Screen Prep Paper.

·      Images containing halftones or gradients are not ideal for printing with the EXOstencil Screen Prep Paper – artwork with solid outlines will produce the best results.

·      Registering multiple screens for one design can be difficult, so it’s a good idea to include registration tick marks when creating your negative stencil to reduce the time you spend aligning your artwork on press (but don’t forget to tape them off before printing!).

·      Industry professionals have tested the durability of screens created using the EXOstencil Screen Prep Paper and found that (depending on the artwork) the screens can last for up to 250 consecutive prints without breaking down. That being said, it’s always a good idea to keep your eye out for any signs of screen breakdown as you are printing.

·      If you discover breakdown, pin-holes or blemishes in your screen at any point, you can block out those areas with tape to stop the additional ink from seeping through the screen (just like you would with the registration tick marks).

Ready to save money on screen prepping? Contact our professional services department to learn more about the benefits of screen printing with the EXOstencil Screen Prep Paper. Our team of pros will give you the insight and assistance to help your shop succeed. Give us a call now: 800 562-7760

New Product Announcement: FDC 4301 Series Removable Vinyl

Peacock wall decal made with FDC 4301 Removable Vinyl from Coastal Business SolutionsWe’re excited to announce our latest line of wall vinyl now available in our online store: FDC 4301 Series Removable Vinyl in Satin and Matte finishes.

This calendered vinyl is 3.0 mil thick and perfect for creating wall graphics, medium-term signs, and decals. It removes cleanly without any adhesive residue and offers one year of outdoor durability. Currently we offer two colors: black and white.

When It’s Time to Cut

We recommend cutting the FDC 4301 Series with our line of Graphtec cutters, the CE6000 models or FC8600 models) for the highest precision and speed. For hobbyists or vinyl beginner, use the latest model of Silhouette Cameo as it offers a better grip on the vinyl than older Silhouette models.

Removable Wall Decal made with FDC 4301 vinyl from Coastal Business Supplies

Helpful Tip: When cutting sign vinyl, cut with the colored side up. There is no need to mirror or flip the image! Always perform a cut test if possible to determine the best blade depth. You can start with standard vinyl settings and adjust accordingly.

We also suggest using the FDC 2602 Series paper application tape to apply the vinyl to your choice of material. If you desire a higher tack tape, the 2612 Series medium tack R-Tape is also compatible with this vinyl.

Order a roll of wall vinyl today and share your creations with us on Instagram by tagging us (@coastalbusinesssupplies) and use #InspireMeCoastal!

We may share your designs on our page. We can’t wait to see the results!

Get to Know Our Help Center

Here at Coastal Business Supplies, we believe that for our customers to succeed as business owners, digital decorators, crafters, and innovators, we have to go beyond being just a distributor of products. We personally test and work with the majority of our products and our hands-on experience gives us the power to understand and share everything we learn along the way through our own trial and error.

One of our goals has been to put together all of our knowledge and resources and create a powerful Help Center platform which will provide support long after your purchase!

Some of the topics you can find in Help Center:

How to Access From www.coastalbusiness.com

Links to our Help Center can be found throughout our main e-commerce website. On the homepage, you can find Support links in both the header (top right of the page) and footer (bottom left of the page).

 

Going further into specific product pages, you can find a link to printing instructions and other documentation located under the More Information tab. Sublimation blanks, heat transfer paper, and heat transfer vinyl are linked directly to their corresponding pages with time and temperature settings, templates and troubleshooting information.

Find What You Are Looking For

The Search bar at the top of our Help Center page is a powerful tool to quickly find the information you are looking for. If a keyword or phrase is contained anywhere on our website, it will pull it up for you together with the article. The best way to search for instructions or templates for a specific product is by product name or product SKU. For example, instructions for an 11 oz. mug can be found by typing “11 oz mug”, “ceramic mug” or “”21108” among other possible combinations. Usually, the exact product SKU will give you the most specific result, as shown below.

Submitting a Ticket

Do you have questions or concerns? We love to solve problems and help our customers who can now easily submit a ticket on any topic. The Submit a Request link is always located in the header (top right) and the homepage has a large navigation button for even easier access.

Easy Navigation

Our Help Center navigation is set up with ease of use in mind. The categories are simple to understand and accessible on the home page through the main blocks. Going further into a page, for example, Heat Transfer Paper Instructions & FAQ, you can find the various sections of topics without losing your category menu, now located on the left. Under each main section, you will find the individual pages, also called Articles. Please note that only a number of pages are displayed at once and a link is provided to view all pages under that specific section.

Sublimation Blanks Templates

For the time being, links to all of our available templates have been moved to our Help Center. You can find each template link directly under the product with a corresponding SKU just to ensure you are getting the correct file. Templates are available in PDF format for Adobe Photoshop and EPS format for Adobe Illustrator and Corel Draw.

Once a link has been clicked on, the template will open as a new page in Dropbox.com with a Download button located at the top right of the page.

Help Center is a free information platform that we will continue to improve and update with brand new material. Stay tuned for a ton of troubleshooting help, infographics, and guides. More to come!