Monday, February 18, 2013
Eagle Jack left this question on How - and How NOT - to Use Lazertran Decals.
"Hi, Thanks for all of the helpful info. One question though, I purchased the original Lazertran paper and since I don't have a laser printer at home, I took it to Kinko's to print. All of their printers started melting the paper and it was all unusable. Any suggestions for me on printing? Thank you!"
It took a bit of research that brought me to a less-than satisfactory answer.
Pre-2008, the majority of laser printers used fuser oil, a special heat-resistant oil applied to the fuser rollers to prevent toner sticking to them.
Though I can't find a single chemical formula for fuser oil, I found various sources which confirm that laser printer technology has moved away from heat-resistant fuser oil in favor of newer polymers with lower melting points like styrene acrylate copolymer, a polyester resin, a styrene butadiene copolymer, or a few other special polymers.
Because of the proliferation of this newer technology, the FAQs section on the Lazertran site now specifies which laser printers work with Original Lazertran Decals. The model number is important.
• Kyocera FS-C5016N
• Konica Minolta C350, C450
• Konica Minolta Magicolour 2350
• All Black and white HP LaserJet (not color) HP LaserJet 1500/ 2500/ 25500L/ 1200/ 1300/ 2100TN/ 2500L/ V4/4MV /8500 all set to Cardstock 105-176gms
• Epson AcuLaser 1500
• Canon CLC from 300 up to 700 and series 2 (Heavy paper setting)
• Xerox Docu 50/ Docu 12/Phazer 8400/ WorkCentre XL2120 (heavy paper setting)
• 0 KI C9300 Colour Laser printer
• Tektronix Phaser 550/540/ 74
This is quite a disappointment to many Original Lazertran fans, but it seems the only options are to:
1. Buy your own (fuser oil) laser printer from the approved Lazertran list;
2. Find a copier center which keeps a fuser-based copier for artists and hobbyists; or
3. Try a new brand of decal paper such as Papilio.
Papilio seems to have formulated their laser decal paper for the newer laser toner technology.
I intend to do more research on Papilio and its products. This company looks like an up-and-comer.