An Old Friend Resurfaces –Waldman

Understand that although I will always have ink flowing through my veins that I’m no longer out there competing against you guys trying to make a living by selling impressions. I’m a consultant who writes and works on various industry projects.

However, in order to experiment and learn, I will do some short-run work for friends. In that vein, I promised my friend Richard, a glass artist, that I would print 300 copies of his 81⁄2×11˝, four-color, two-sided brochure which I had put together. Garth sent me enough 6-pt. C/2/S KromekotePlus cover to do the job.

The results were amazing. The final product looked as good as anything commercially printed. It was bright and snappy with images that popped with color. All of my fond Kromekote memories came back in a rush as the paper did its part, admirably, in making the job special. Each sheet looked like the one before and after.

Kromekote’s hard, mirror-like appearance is actually a deception as the stock is very porous, enabling quick drying. Commercial printers have long known about the ability to work and turn short-run jobs on this seemingly glass-like surface without the offset problems associated with other coated sheets.

This porous surface minimizes dot gain and provides micro-pores for laser printing toner particles. Garth pointed out other technical factors why Kromekote is a natural for digital printing, like the Parker Print Surface (PPS) reading of 0.4 which, I guess, would impress a true paperholic.

But, as impressed as I was with KromekotePlus, Garth claimed that Smart Papers’ special laser grade, Kromekote Laser High Gloss, has a unique coating formulation that further enhances toner adhesion. Garth was also quick to point out that the results would be even better on the more sophisticated machines like an Indigo, NexPress and iGen3. I’m sure it would. But, for me, it was nice seeing a great golden oldie surface resurface for what should be a bright digital future.

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