Rexam Graphics (InteliCoat) media for large format inkjet printers.
Rexam Graphics (Rexam Image Products, now InteliCoat) is in the top three of quality providers of ink jet media for large format printers. We use Rexam media when we test the Encad NovaJetPro wide format inkjet printer. You can get matte, semi-gloss, gloss photo paper, canvus, or countless other surfaces and kinds of media.
InteliCoat media for wide format color printers is available in Europe as well as in the USA, which helps our testing programs, since we write reviews both in Germany and in the USA.
Intelicoat makes media for a wide variety of printers including Iris, Encad, Epson, ColorSpan, and Hewlett-Packard. Of the several kinds of media one of their new Proof It series is a two sided Matte. Since ink jet media has to be surfaced to receive the ink, the media tends to be prepared on only one side. After all, most posters and banners are intended to be seen only from one side.
InteliCoat's Proof It series comes in Gloss, Glossy paper (as opposed to vinyl or other synthetic material), and "Publication." Based on our survey of sign shops, by far the most popular backlit for HP, Encad, and ColorSpan is backlit media from Rexam.
If you are attempting to do backlit with an Epson, Roland, or other printer with a piezo printhead made by Epson, be aware that your backlit may look weak and washed out. This is not the fault of the media...its typical of piezo printhead technology. If you want a stunning backlit, you need a thermal printhead. That's why sign shops who depend on excellent backlit prints tend to use Encad, HP, or ColorSpan printers, since all three use thermal printhead technology.
As this site develops into the year 2003 we will have more images showing the quality of InteliCoat media.
For additional information and for help making your decision, ask for the "FLAAR Abstracts on signs, posters, banners" (specify whether for indoor signs or outdoor signs in the rain and sun) or order the FLAAR report on "Piezo vs Thermal printheads, fact vs fiction, pros and cons of each kind of inkjet printhead." You can also ask order the report on "Media and Inks for Photo-Realistic and Fine Art Giclee," or "Media and Inks for Sign Printing with Large Format Inkjet."
If this will be your first printer, then we have a special report that holds your hand and leads you through all the basic questions that will assist a first-time buyer of a large format printer. Purchase the FLAAR report on "RIP + Help." This explains what RIP software is, why this is useful, and includes tips, warnings, information, and help for a wide range of matters for a newbie. Here you will really appreciate that FLAAR is based at a university; Professor Hellmuth has plenty of experience writing in a manner that explains what you need, and why.