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

How to Press a Latte Mug Using The New BJ870 4-in-1 Mug Press!

The new 4-in-1 mug press machine is here to stay! Just like the older BJ860 model, the BJ870 is an improved version that features four different heat elements that fit a variety of mug styles including the standard 11 oz. mugs, 15 oz. mugs, and large and small latte mugs. Among our favorites are ceramic latte mugs and pressing them is easy!

Follow this step by step guide on how to press our 17oz latte mug with our multi-function mug press. 

Materials You’ll Need

Use the long latte element for the 17oz mug!

Set your mug press temperature and time to allow the machine to heat up! Slide the blank mug in the heating element and test the pressure. It is best to do it now rather than later when you have your design taped to the mug. For the latte mug, use the following settings:

Temperature: 330° F
Time: 240 seconds
Pressure: Medium

Because of the shape of these mugs, we recommend using this template to set up your design.

While your press is heating, line up your mug to the printed paper. Use thermal tape on each edge to secure the design.

 

 

 

 

 

Once the temperature has reached 330°, place the mug in the heating element and pull the handle towards you to “close” it. Push the round, red button on the right side of the press to activate the timer.

NOTE: A drop in temperature is normal and should not affect the transfer process.


After 240 seconds, the mug press will start beeping to let you know the mug is ready to be taken out. Press the red button again to stop the beep and reset the machine. You may use gloves to handle the mug but that’s not necessary. The mug handle is usually not hot and can be easily held while peeling away the paper.

Make sure to peel the paper right away! As long as the mug is still hot and the paper is on it, sublimation is still occurring.

The final result should be a beautiful image transfer without any faded areas.

Share your mug designs with us on social media! Tag us in your posts with @costalbusinesssupplies and use #InspireMeCoastal. We might share your products on our social media helping you grow your online audience.

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!