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Old 02-03-2020, 09:50 AM   #1
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I'm hoping I'm in the right place to ask about foiling problems. I've just started foiling using a laser printer and am finding that although my main image comes out okay, I am getting lots of tiny marks on the background. I've tried dusting and using an anti static bag but nothing works. Does anyone have any ideas what is causing this? I am my wits end!
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Old 02-03-2020, 01:39 PM   #2
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tiny marks of stray foil?
(can you rub it off with an eraser?)


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Old 02-03-2020, 04:04 PM   #3
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Are you using a foil machine or a laminator?  If you are using a laminator, it must get hot enough to laminate 10mil and most only do 5.  You can run it through 5-6 times on a laminator that does 5mil and it will be about as close as you can get.  

If you are using a foil machine, which one are you using?  
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Old 02-03-2020, 11:57 PM   #4
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I'm using an Amazon Basics laminator, set at 125mic. 
Yes, they are tiny marks of stray foil that do rub off with an eraser.
Could it be static?
All replies are most appreciated.
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I think you may be right, and it's a static problem.I really love using foil with a laminator, and I've had this happen too. I just used an eraser on it. It was only an occasional thing, didn't happen with every piece.
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I had to look up 125mic and it's the same as 5mil here in the states.  That's 248*F (120* C) which is not really a great heat for foiling.  It should be around 300*F (148*C) which is a little more than what you need for 10mil (250mic).   If you have higher settings, I would move it up a couple of notches.  

Edited to add:  I misread your original post and thought you were getting spotty foiled images.  I decided to leave this comment here though in case someone comes to this thread with other issues and needed other suggestions
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Old 02-05-2020, 08:17 AM   #7
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I have to own up. After hours of watching videos and trying different things I found I was using the wrong foil. I didn't realise that there were two kinds of foiling. Anyway bought some Decofoil and all my problems went away.
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Don’t feel stupid...been there, done that, you aren’t alone. Glad it was such an easy fix. Enjoy your foiling. I have a new laminator being delivered today...can’t wait!
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Couture Creations came out with a tool recently to remove stray bits of foil or other markings:


It's had good reviews.
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that makes me think an electric eraser would work too.
( the tip on that new one looks neat though)



oh, yeah I have my foils in two different boxes so that I do not mix up the ones for the laminator with the ones for the hot foil press machine.


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Are you using a foil machine or a laminator?  If you are using a laminator, it must get hot enough to laminate 10mil and most only do 5.  You can run it through 5-6 times on a laminator that does 5mil and it will be about as close as you can get.  

If you are using a foil machine, which one are you using?  

Mel, I use a laminator which only goes to 5, and I've never had a problem, although I sometimes add a shim inside my laminating folder.
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Pam that is not stupid at all...note the thread I started about different kinds of foil. 

It IS confusing!! 
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