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Forum topic by Jack Lewis posted 08-28-2018 11:58 PM 703 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-28-2018 11:58 PM

Will Titebond II glue stick to Tyvec? Can an ink jet printer print on it? I want a surface that I can plot a pattern, glue on and still through away when messed up. I want to layout segmented ring patterns in full size.

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#1 posted 08-29-2018 12:14 AM

Tyvek I’m not sure about, but could you just plot your pattern on regular paper?

We used to plot on mylar drafting paper back in the day, so that could be another option

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#2 posted 08-29-2018 12:43 AM

It’s permeable. An ink jet would likely print on it. Whether it would dry is another story. I guess if it dries on Mylar, it probably would dry on Tyvec.

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#3 posted 08-29-2018 01:12 AM

They sure print the word “TYVEK” all over it….so it must take some kind of ink. If your luck is like mine it is certain to repel the ink you have!!! I would have to say that glue will stick to it also. I build 5 or 6 houses a year and per code you have to use tyvek tape around the windows and doors. It sticks no problem, but then again it is some sort of special tape too…and very expensive as tape goes. Again the luck thing…tyvek has a funny slick ‘feel” to it, so the tape no doubt has the only adhesive that will stick and that is why it costs so much!!!

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#4 posted 08-29-2018 04:58 AM

Probably more technical than you want but DuPont actually has a web page about printing in Tyvek.

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#5 posted 08-29-2018 02:26 PM

Nathan’s linked web site does include a paragraph on ink jet printing. Looks like you need the proper solvent based ink for good results.

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#6 posted 08-29-2018 02:37 PM

The best way to do what you want is to use a graphic software to draw a design to size, then take that output to a blueprint service or any place that has a large format printer blueprint services are usually cheaper) and have it output on paper. The most common maximum size of these large printers is 36 inches wide by any length. I recently had a 36 in x 18” print done for $1.50. Then use some REMOVABLE spray mount in a spray can to temporarily glue it to the wood. Use a band saw or scroll saw to cut through the glued on paper pattern and wood. When finished, peel off the paper pattern.

I have been doing this for years.

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#7 posted 08-31-2018 06:11 AM

I actually run a print shop that prints on a weather barrier similar to Tyvek, we are their closet competitor. It is a woven poly blend and will soak up the ink or whatever you use pretty well. We use 100% waterbased inks and nothing runs off when cured. 2 tips

1) hit it with a heat gun for 5-10 seconds
2) if it is very old material the Dyne level will drop(which creates surface energy) and it will be hard for anything to stick to it.

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