Wide Format Plotter Paper Buying Guide for Inkjet and Xerographic Printers

Wide Format Plotter Paper Buying Guide

Trying to figure out what type of plotter paper you need can get a little frustrating. Here is a quick guide to help you figure out what type of roll you need. We will cover two styles of printers, what type of media is available for those printers, and what each wide-format roll is used for.

Wide-Format Inkjet Printers
Inkjet wide-format printers include the HP Designjet series, the Canon imagePROGRAF series, and the Epson SureColor series. If this is your printer, then you are printing with an aqueous, water-based ink that is used to print on Uncoated BondPremium Coated BondTranslucent BondPhoto & Poster Display MediaSelf-Adhesive Graphics MediaClear FilmMylar Film, and Vellum. Make sure to check your owner's manual for information on your media limitations. Before making a purchase you should verify the max print width, the size of the core your media should have, the max diameter of roll that will fit, and the max caliper (or thickness) your printer can fit.

Wide-Format Xerographic Copiers
Xeropraphic wide-format copiers are used primarily for technical drawings include KIP, Xerox, Ricoh, Océ PlotWave and ColorWave printers. If this is your printer, then you are printing with a dry toner that is fused to your paper by heat. These printers can print on Uncoated BondPresentaion BondTranslucent BondMylar Film, and Vellum. Make sure to check your owner's manual for information on your media limitations. Before making a purchase you should verify the max print width, the size of the core your media should have, the max diameter of roll that will fit, and the max caliper (or thickness) your printer can fit.

Media Roll Types:
Uncoated Bond Rolls & Cut Sheets: Similar to paper used for desktop printers, this bond comes in 20 lb. or 24 lb. weights. This is the economical option for printing drafts, text, or monochrome prints when you do not need vibrant colors on your print. Make sure to choose xerographic or inkjet depending on your printer type.
Premium Coated Bond: This bond comes in 24 lb. to 47 lb. weights. The 24 lb. and 28 lb. rolls should be used for moderate ink coverage, while the 36 lb. and 47 lb. should be use for the heavier ink coverage. This bond is coated to deliver fine crisp details in small or multi-color prints. These rolls can be used for multi-color prints, mapping, proofing, cost-effective graphics, and colorful charts.
Translucent Bond: Used as an economical alternative for Vellum. Translucent bond is used for non-archival test prints, overlays and blueprints. Make sure to choose xerographic or inkjet depending on your printer type.
Vellum Rolls & Cut Sheets: This translucent paper comes in 17 & 20 lb. weights for inkjet printers and 20 lb. for xerographic copiers. Print archival overlays, presentation plots, and high-volume projects on this roll. Make sure to choose xerographic or inkjet depending on your printer type.
Mylar Film: This thin film is an archival media for printing crisp, clean line drawings and master copies that will remain stable and unaffected by humidity and temperature extremes. We have 3 mil Mylar for inkjet printers that is erasable with moisture and better suited for monochrome printing. 4 mil is available for each type of printer and is better suited for color printing.
Clear Film: This 4.5 mil film is made for inkjet printers, and has the side stripe needed for some printer models. The strip is removable. Print overlays, color keys, window graphics, and more on this roll.
Photo & Poster Display Rolls: These rolls are available for inkjet printers in gloss, matte, and satin finishes in multiple thicknesses. Photo quality rolls have coating on the front to properly receive ink and coating on the back to help support paper with heavier ink loads. This is the ideal roll when you are mixing multiple colors together in photographic images. Our rolls are compatible with dye, UV, or pigment inks.
Self-Adhesive Graphics Media: These rolls are available for inkjet printers in gloss polypropylene, matte polypropylene, and vinyl. Print bright, colorful photos that are durable and weather-resistant. Used for short term outdoor signage, indoor POS posters, mounted graphics, and more. Compatible with latex inks.

If you have any additional questions or concerns before purchasing your paper, please contact us at sales@paperrolls-n-more.com or call 1-800-488-6679. We are here to help with your next project.

Thermal Paper Rolls - Smart Storage Tips and Shelf Life Suggestions

Thermal Paper Rolls - Smart Storage Tips

Hello there business owners! Welcome to our new blog home. This first topic is the most common question we are asked since the smart way to save on your thermal paper purchase is buying in bulk...where and how should I store my thermal paper?

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Temperature & Humidity
The number one factor for elongating the shelf life of your thermal paper is safely storing it in a temperature as close to 77°F (25°C) as possible, and ideally a dark place with a general humidity level of 45-65%. This factor can ensure a couple years of performance out of your paper rolls.

🌞 Keep Away From Sun Damage and Store In the Dark
Your thermal paper is coated with light-sensitive coating, so don't store it somewhere bright! The combination of dye and co-reactant technology causes thermal paper to be UV sensitive (ultraviolet), as well as some sensitivity to office light. Prolonged exposure can have a "graying" affect to your product, so keep it out of the sun and in the dark.

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Do Not Store Near Certain Materials
The following is a list of chemicals that we recommend you avoid prolonged exposure to your thermal paper and location where you store it:
  • Organic Solvents: Includes alcohol, ketones, esters, and ethers
  • Cleaning Fluids: Including chemicals listed above
  • Plasticizers: Alcohol-Type (cellophane tape), Ester-Type (PVC film), Polyethylene Glycol-Type, Dioctyl Phthalate, and Dioctyl Adipate
  • Petroleum Solvents: Gasoline, Toluene, and Benzene
  • Wet-Type Diazo Copy Paper
  • Carbon Papers (certain types)
  • Cast-Coated Papers
  • Papers containing tributyl phosphate
  • Dissimilar thermal systems
  • Carbonless paper solvents
  • Ammonia
  • Certain Oils
  • Water (prolonged exposure)


In short, keep it boxed up, inside, away from heat, and separated from harmful materials. This will ensure longer shelf life and maximum image quality.


Still have some questions? Call us at 800-488-6679 or email and we will be more than happy to answer your question and concerns.


What Size Paper Do I Need For My Clover Printer?

What size paper do I need for my Clover Printer?

Trying to figure out what size thermal paper you need for your Clover Printer Station? You have come to the right spot! Here at PaperRolls-N-More.com we make finding the right products and sizes you need for your Point Of Sale (POS) systems quick and simple. Click each tab below for a description of your printer, a picture to verify its the right machine, and all your buying options for the right size of paper rolls.

First, let’s identify what type of Clover Printer you have. Clover currently has 3 different types of printers, but also sells the Star Miocronics SP742ML Impact Printer. This guide will help you choose what you need for your type of POS system.

The first station we will go over is the called the Clover Station, weighing in at a hefty 5 lbs., and comes with a Touch Screen display and a separate high speed printer. The display monitor is a touchscreen measuring 11.6”. If this accurately describes your setup then you will need a 3 1/8" X 230' Thermal Paper Rolls. We also carry Phenol Free and four colors in this size.



The second type of Clover Printer available is the Clover Mobile. The Clover Mobile weighs in at 1.2 lbs. with a 7 inch screen size. This unit was created to be used for paying at the table, food truck owners, off site events or festivals etc.. The mobile printer is meant to hang from the servers pocket. If this sounds like your printer, then you will need 2 ¼" x 85' Thermal Paper Rolls. We carry multiple quantities for your convenience, including 2550, and 72 rolls per case. You can also get your rolls in canary yellow for a pop of color in your business! 



The last type we will identify for you is the Clover Mini. The Clover mini weighs in at 2.3 lbs. with a width of 8.0”. This system is displayed on the counter and used by the customers during checkout, with the printer built into the unit. If this accurately describes your POS setup, then you will need 2 ¼" x 85' Thermal Paper Rolls. We carry multiple quantities for your convenience, including 2550, and 72 rolls per case. You can also get your rolls in canary yellow!



This printer is supported and sold with many Clover POS systems for back-of-the-house printing. If you also have this printer with your system, you have a few options for printing. For one copy, you can get the 3" x 150" 1-Ply Bond Paper Rolls, and for two copies you can purchase the 3" x 90' 2-Ply Carbonless Paper Rolls. This printer will also require you to buy ink ribbons, which are the Star SP700 Ink Ribbons, available in two colors.