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« on: December 11, 2006, 03:24:23 AM »

Hi,
I need to send out some A2 and A3 prints done on Hahnemuehle 308gsm. photo rag and was thinking of mailing them in 90mm tubes that are supplied by Australia Post.

The prints are from an IPF5000 and are treated with Premier Art Print Shield.

Do any of you have good or bad experiences with this ?

Thanks.
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« Reply #1 on: December 11, 2006, 05:08:02 AM »

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Hi,
I need to send out some A2 and A3 prints done on Hahnemuehle 308gsm. photo rag and was thinking of mailing them in 90mm tubes that are supplied by Australia Post.

The prints are from an IPF5000 and are treated with Premier Art Print Shield.

Do any of you have good or bad experiences with this ?

Thanks.
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Well, I don't know what the diameter of the tubes you are refering to is, but the ones I use are 3" (75mm). I reccomend using tubes with a diameter no less than that..... just means you don't have to roll the prints too tightly. Other than that, I roll the prints in acid free tissue 1st, fill any empty gaps at the end of the tubes with bubble wrap, and finally use brown packing tape to seal the ends. I have yet to have a complaint, or return. Fingers crossed ;-)

Hope this helps

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« Reply #2 on: December 11, 2006, 07:02:29 PM »

Hi Dave

Don't do it!

They are too thin-walled and there is a very significant risk of damaging the prints on posting - especially valuable inkjet prints.

I use 100mm x 3mm SONOCO tubes in white. They are almost indestructible but you have a 100m min order when you buy them. I don't know if you can get them individually - ask at a lab, I know Bond in Melbourne use them too.

Or, beg the boxes that roll paper comes in from a lab. They are excellent for shipping prints in.

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« Reply #3 on: December 11, 2006, 10:17:01 PM »

So much for the easy answer...  

Thanks Nick & Chris, I'll look into the 100mm tubes 100 at a time, they couldn't cost much more then what the post office charges for the 90mm ones at $4.00 each....
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« Reply #4 on: December 12, 2006, 01:49:27 AM »

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So much for the easy answer...  

Thanks Nick & Chris, I'll look into the 100mm tubes 100 at a time, they couldn't cost much more then what the post office charges for the 90mm ones at $4.00 each....
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Dave

You can have any length cut, ie some 50cm ones and some 100cm ones.  I think they were only a couple of dollars per metre.

It's very handy if you send out lots of prints as I do. They do take up a lot of room though!
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« Reply #5 on: December 12, 2006, 01:54:23 AM »

Oh, one other thing...

You mentioned A3s, these size prints are awkward to roll without folding, esp on the thick papers you mention. Tubes are better left for the A2s and it's better to flat pack the A3s. Get hold of some precut A3 3mm strawboard or foamcore  and pack the print between the sheets. Then a padded AusPost pag is fine.

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« Reply #6 on: December 12, 2006, 02:21:54 AM »

Thanks for the advice Nick, I found a good price on 100/ 100mm tubes from Melboring now I just need too work out where to put the pallet they ship on...

My first few orders went out today with the A4's and A3's flat and the A2's in 90 mm tubes, now just a few long nights until I hear they arrived without dings...

In the new year I have to find a wholesale supplier of foamcore and other packing, it costs a fortune in an art store..
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« Reply #7 on: December 12, 2006, 02:23:16 AM »

And one more thing, where can I buy shares in Premier Art Shield ??  
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« Reply #8 on: December 12, 2006, 08:37:18 AM »

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Thanks for the advice Nick, I found a good price on 100/ 100mm tubes from Melboring now I just need too work out where to put the pallet they ship on...

My first few orders went out today with the A4's and A3's flat and the A2's in 90 mm tubes, now just a few long nights until I hear they arrived without dings...

In the new year I have to find a wholesale supplier of foamcore and other packing, it costs a fortune in an art store..
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Hi Dave,

Another option if space for storing tubes is a problem, is to use triangular ones, they come flat packed and you "assemble" then when ready. Also, assembled ones stack better. The flat sides make good locations for marketing blurbs and the tubes themselves attract attention, which obviously draws attention to your marketing blurb  

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« Reply #9 on: December 12, 2006, 11:39:31 AM »

If you are in the US, I recommend using tubes from Yazoo Mills. I get the 4" version, and they are very very solid. And they ship the same day, and I often receive them in 8 hours.

However, for 300gsm papers or heavier, I do not like to have the papers rolled up. The surface of the papers suffer if slightly mishandled. So I use a product from Airfloat Systems called a PrintPad.

http://www.airfloatsys.com/

I also use their Strongbox product for shipping portfolio boxes.
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« Reply #10 on: December 14, 2006, 01:26:26 PM »

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However, for 300gsm papers or heavier, I do not like to have the papers rolled up. The surface of the papers suffer if slightly mishandled. So I use a product from Airfloat Systems called a PrintPad.

http://www.airfloatsys.com/

Andy, can you tell us more about the "PrintPad" from Airfloat? Their website is a bit lacking in terms of describing the product and/or showing any pictures other than one image that doesn't really say anything about the product.

Thanks Andy!
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« Reply #11 on: December 14, 2006, 02:21:42 PM »

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Hi Dave,

Another option if space for storing tubes is a problem, is to use triangular ones, they come flat packed and you "assemble" then when ready. Also, assembled ones stack better. The flat sides make good locations for marketing blurbs and the tubes themselves attract attention, which obviously draws attention to your marketing blurb   

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Hi Chris, this sounds interesting, do you have a link for them ?
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