Dust Is The Enemy Of The Fine Art Printer
The removal of dust and air borne particles is a necessary and vital task in our printing workflow.
Bells Fine Art has been printing on the industries best paper offerings for over 13 years. When we receive our new rolls of paper they come meticulously wrapped and packaged; you would assume they would be ready for printing. Unfortunately even the sterile paper factories can invite trace amounts of air borne particles into the paper rolls.
There is no greater frustration than printing a large image
to see little white dots where the ink should have been laid.
Dust is not our friend. In fact it has become our enemy.
IONIZING AIR GUN
Dust has a weak electrical charge that gives it that annoying 'sticky' characteristic.
The Simco Ionizing Air Gun is the best tool for removing all dust as it uses high pressure compressed air charged with both positive and negative ions. We use the air gun for the thorough cleaning of cotton based papers prior to inkjet printing.
INDUSTRIAL DUST FILTER
We use a Carba-Tec Dust Filter to pick up the small air-borne particles which will land on prints or potentially get sucked in by the printer fans. This also contains a charcoal filter to take away extremely small particles. Every 10 minutes it filters the air in our work environment.
The last thing you need in a clean environment is to introduce extra problems, that's why cotton gloves are an industry standard. Our hands are a magnet for all kinds of particles and dirt. They must be worn for all paper handling and cutting.
The 02 Hurricane Canless Air System is used for small scale dust removal. The great battery life and high air pressure makes it a very convenient and competent tool.
It is almost impossible to have an entirely dust proof environment, but it is worth being conscious of every action you make.
We use anti-static mats when rolling prints as even the action of rolling can induce a static charge and attract dust
Avoid woolen and fibrous clothes
Arrange the environment to keep printing materials away from high traffic areas
Use a anti-static brush to remove the electrical charge from printing media