[alt-photo] Re: Preshrinking paper for gum?

Denny dspector at charter.net
Thu Jan 17 18:18:00 GMT 2013

Diana, thanks, "almost seemed pointless" pretty much sums up what I found.

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Hey Denny,

I don't shrink paper anymore--- with the paper I now use-- but back when I
did (and I never did real tests on it like you)-- I realized, at some point,
that the temperature of the water didn't really seem to matter much.   And
really hot water seemed to offer bad results-- bad things happened with
really hot water.   Also, no matter how much I left it in water--
registration was still never perfect-- so it almost seemed pointless.  And
then I discovered the perfect paper that required no pre-shrinking (up to a
certain size), and no sizing-- so I put it all out of my head after that. ;)


On Jan 17, 2013, at 1:03 PM, Denny wrote:

> Folks, I did some simple testing to try to evaluate how to shrink 
> paper, details here:
> http://www.dennisspector.com/technotes/preshrink.html
> I was surprised by the results, and I'm wondering if anyone else has 
> looked at this closely, what did you find?  Any noticeable effects of 
> water temperature?  Amount of shrinking?  (I'm sure these vary with 
> different papers, and I know some papers may not require any 
> preshrinking.)
> Thanks,
> Denny
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