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post #1 of 5 Old 02-18-2013, 08:57 PM Thread Starter
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Printing on veneer

Has anyone ever printed, successfuully, onto store bought veneer using an ink jet printer?
If so I would like all of the gorey details please.
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I tried once an told myself never again now I just inlay what I was going to put on the veneer

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I would not recommend an inkjet printer. The inks are not light fast and will fade over time. Even the UV (or pigmented) inks are not stable beyond a few years. If you must print on it I would recommend you find a large format print company who can either screen print or has a UV curable printing system (not the same as the aqueous UV inks mentioned earlier). A UV curable ink is much like epoxy resin and is cured with UV light rather than a catalyst. They can print on nearly any surface and are very durable. Brand names for these printers are: Durst Rho, Vutek, Gerber, Ghandi, Arizona to name a few.

Those who say it cannot be done should stay out of the way of the people doing it.
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Hey Bonka. What were you trying to make that you wanted to print on veneer? And have you made any progress. I subscribed to this thread because I was thinking of lampshades with some sort of printed designs on them. Just wondering
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A regular home/office inkjet is probably not going to be able to do this. I have an Epson 3880 that I use for printing small posters. I've read that it does an okay job on veneers and the prints will actually last a long time. Probably not the 100+ years it's supposed to last on photography paper, but the difference is very noticeable between this printer's inks and my regular document printer.

If you don't plan on making a lot of these prints you should probably just have it done for you. The 3880 cost me about $1000.
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