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Old 25th April 2009, 10:42 PM   #1
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Default Can you run Al-Mylar film through a laser printer?

Totally NON audio question:

You know that gift-wrap 'paper' that's trendy now... metallic printed plastic? (I think the process is vacuum sputtered aluminium on mylar).

Can you run it through a laser printer or electrostatic copier, without harming the printer?

Has anyone tried?
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Old 25th April 2009, 11:00 PM   #2
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I believe the mylar film has to low a melting point. Colour lazers run around 180 C, monochrome a bit hotter.

Found this on the web
"PET or PET-P (polyethylene terephthalate polyester; Ensitep, Ertalyte) Semi-Crystalline Thermoplastic [1942] Part of the polyester plastic family. The PETF film version is commonly known as Mylar (a DuPont trademark).
Maximum Temperature: 230F (490F Melting Point) "

thats a max of 110C, it will soften any higher. I would not try unless the fuser is easy to remove and change
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Old 25th April 2009, 11:33 PM   #3
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Ok , thanks for the heads up.
Will have to go to the art shop & see if they have a special high temp aluminised film.
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They still sell clear plastic sheets for overhead projectors that are safe for laser printers.
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Old 26th April 2009, 12:19 AM   #5
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I need something with an aluminium coating on one side though.
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Old 26th April 2009, 06:58 AM   #7
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Not seen a foil faced (mirror finish) product for lasers, Inkjets are another story and there are probably several alterative products.
Here is a link to a coating specialist, they have a foil film for inkjets.
Kernow coatings
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