|SuedeTex® Production Guidelines |
(20" x 26"/500 sheets)
|.014"/0,356 mm||93 lb/252 gsm|
|.025"/0,635 mm||158 lb/431 gsm|
Magnesium dies should primarily be used for short runs. For long runs or for jobs that endure the abuse of repeated printings, it is recommended that copper/brass dies (deep-etched to avoid residuals) be used.
Due to the nature of SuedeTex's suppleness, texture and unique latex saturant, foils with a looser release seem to work best.
* Examples of metallic foils that have stamped well:
Kurz HC, 381 gold, #8 release
Crown BW 88 series
FoilMark OG 20
Crown BD 91-651E
Recommend pigment foil:
Kurz V series
250° F for large area
240° F for fine line art
SuedeTex can be screen printed. Solvent-based inks are recommended (ex: Nazdar 97 Series). Depending on the opacity of a particular ink, a double hit, or opaque white, may be needed as an underlayment to the top color.
Allow stock to acclimate to environment for 24 hours. Due to the water resistant nature of this material, quick set inks are required. 100% oxidizing inks have yielded excellent results. When using .014" SuedeTex, we recommend running sheets of 20 x 26 inches or smaller, in lifts of 400 sheets. This will accommodate the suppleness of the sheet, and allow for smoother running at the feed and delivery ends of the press. Drying powders are recommended. Choose an appropriate micron size to match ink coverage.
On press, it is normal for some of the paper fibers to transfer to the blanket. Blankets are likely to require more frequent cleaning than normal.
Similar to the performance of other soft, uncoated sheets, adjustments to artwork should be made to accommodate for dot gain on press. Due to surface texture, the use of large area solid ink coverage is not recommended.
Scoring and Folding
For the 14 pt. sheet, a 2 pt. scoring rule with a CD channel (i.e. Channel Matrix) of at least 0.049" wide is recommended. For the 25 pt. sheet, a 3 pt. rule is recommended with channel width at least 0.088". Depth of penetration of the rule should be at 50% the thickness of the sheet or greater.
SuedeTex forms an extremely durable hinge based on MIT fold testing.
Due to the high tear-resistance of SuedeTex, it can accommodate many fastening systems and binding mechanisms.
Sewing and Grommeting
SuedeTex can be stitched, sewn and grommeted.
Both cold and hot-melt adhesives have been successfully used with SuedeTex. Perf strips may be added to glue tabs to improve penetration.
SuedeTex holds embossing well and shows no signs of rebounding.
Due to the latex content of the sheet, it cannot be recycled. Handle as solid waste.
* Consult with your foil supplier to verify that your artwork will work with a specific foil.