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Q: Why are my prints curly?





As we get into the colder weather and low relative humidity, it is our continual quest for flat prints.   Most of our prints come from roll stock.  Some are inherently more curly than others.  Though we run our shop at a higher Relative Humidity, sometimes the prints are still somewhat curly when they ship.  These prints will completely flatten over time once the relative humidity balances out.    If you are in need of flattening the prints quicker, here is a method if done carefully will be helpful:

1. Carefully spray the back of the print with pump sprayer bottle capable of fine mist.  We use distilled water. Do this while holding one corner.  

2. Grab diagonal opposite corner and do same.  I do about three to four sweeps while spraying to cover entire, then rotate and another three to four.  Holding about 8 inches away gets me a good catch of the fine water mist without hitting the front. If the print is real curly I make sure to start in the center. And rotate twice if the print needs to flatten a bit after first application as it starts to unwind…

3. Lay print face down on a clean surface for about 3 minutes.  The back of the print should be starting to curl toward you.  

4. Take a micro fiber cloth/towel the the back. Lightly sweep from center out in radial straight passes outward absorb any excess droplets.

5. Let sit another few minutes.  

6. Flip to print side up and wave in the air a few times. Laying it down face up, it will dry pretty flat.  Sometimes a little wavy depending on the paper type, but will flatten perfectly flat over time.  Much faster than letting the Relative Humidity stabilize in the paper. 


** Be sure not to spray the printed surface of the paper**


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