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Storage and Handling: Natural translucent papers are more reactive to atmospheric conditions than conventional printing papers, and take longer to acclimate to changes in temperature and humidity.

Store unopened in the pressroom, in the original packaging, for a minimum of 24 hours prior to use—longer if previously stored in cold conditions. Store away from vents and open doors where exposure to uncontrolled humidity or excessive heat or cold could occur. Never leave CT uncovered; the paper should remain wrapped or covered with plastic at all stages of printing and finishing.

For best results, pressroom conditions should be as close to ideal as possible: RH of 45-65%, Temperature 63-73° F.

Feeding through Press: To ensure uniform feeding, we recommend sheets be well aired during loading. Rack in small piles. We suggest a maximum of 250 sheets. If magic eye tripping out problems occur during feeding, adjust the photoreceptor to a finer sensitivity if possible. If unable to adjust to a fine-enough setting, particularly on the printing end, try taping one or two pieces of translucent stock over the eye to give enough opacity for sheets to register.

Dampening Solution: The ink/water solution should be run at an absolute minimum. Excess water will not be absorbed or removed from the blanket; this will slow drying time and may affect the dimensional stability of the sheet. The fountain solution should be compatible with the inks according to manufacturers’ recommendations.

Spray Powder: Use a coated spray powder of normal fineness of less than 1 mil; avoid varnishing powder. Cure in small lifts. Some airing of the stack will be beneficial for ink drying.