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Unread 09-01-2017, 05:55 AM   #1
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Default Foiling Problem with Toner

I love the look of foiling and so far have had the best luck with Deco Foil transfer gel. I do not have a laser printer so I went to Kinko's to have some images printed. When I tried foiling them, they were all splotchy. The foil did not stick to all of the image. I am using a Royal Sovereign laminator and tried both Minc and Deco Foils. Very discouraging. Any tips?
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Unread 09-06-2017, 01:13 PM   #2
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Sometimes it is the toner used at the printing store. It's not a heavy enough toner thus the incomplete results. Often it's simply the toner they're using...can't be a "color" toner either. Check out the Deco Foil Adhesive Pen so you can make your own items. Hope that helps.
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Unread 09-06-2017, 01:30 PM   #3
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You need to have it printed as Black and White otherwise it will use all the color toners to make black giving you the splotchy look. Hope this helps
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Make sure it is toner. Some copiers do not use toners. If you are using a printer at Kinko by all means make sure it is monochrome. Also, the paper is very important and should be very smooth. Georgia Pacific has some smooth paper.
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Unread 09-09-2017, 01:27 PM   #5
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When I print on my Brother Mono laser printer at home, I select best quality, 1200 dpi. I also use a Minc, everything I've read says it does the best foiling. Once in a while I'll have problems, it just doesn't like the paper or cs I'm using. I use the Heidi Swapp foils mostly- Tuesday Morning has had them lately for $3.99.
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Make sure your laminator is very hot (let it heat at least 20 mins.) and put a piece of cardstock under the cardstock you are foiling so that it gets better contact when you are running it through. Hope this helps.
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Unread 09-10-2017, 12:34 PM   #7
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I think it can also be the cardstock. Pick a very smooth one. The Mind is the best in my opinion because it is dedicated to foiling as opposed to laminator. The Minc has more temp levels also.
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Unread 09-10-2017, 01:05 PM   #8
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Here is the blog article I have found most helpful:
http://www.pinkimono.com/2015/10/20/3-tips-for-using-your-minc-foil-applicator/

This is the black paper I used for gold foiling. It was beautiful foiling.
Core'dinations Value Pack Cardstock 8.5"X11" 50/Pkg-Black Cat-Smooth
It comes in 12x12 size. I did a 25th Birthday card by doing the numbers with a thick font, printed out on my momochrome Brother HL-L2360dw on the black cardstock, foiled, and then cut out the numbers. It was perfectly even coverage. I do not use the carrier folder that comes with the Minc which I find too thick. I just use regular copy paper. Hope this all helps.
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I've had my laser printer & minc for around 2 years (I think?), so here are some tips from me... some of them will just be confirming what others have suggested above:

- Cardstock is VERY important. Try some different cardstock & see what happens. Sometimes the cheap stuff works best, believe it or not.

- As someone mentioned above, it could be that the Kinko printers are not printing out the toner heavy (black) enough. Are the images on your paper super-duper solid black? Or do they look grayish? They need to be as black as a serial killer's soul.

- Try running your items thru the laminator twice and wait until they cool before peeling your foil off.

- If you are using plastic carrier sheets, try something thinner like a folded piece of regular printer paper, or vellum.

- Make sure there are no greasy finger-prints or tiny pieces of dust or lint on your laser printed designs. These can cause the foil not to stick.
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