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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.

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