Your plotter vinyl rolls are essential for your job, and you want to make sure you store them correctly. Improper storage can lead to serious frustration in the long run. Here are some tips to help you properly store your vinyl paper rolls.
Establish ideal storage temperature
One of the first things you should do when storing your plotter vinyl rolls is make sure the storage temperature is at or below 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Storage temperatures above 75 degrees Fahrenheit accelerate adhesive degradation. They can also reduce the bond of your graphics significantly after a year or two. Keep the plotter paper rolls in the coolest part of your shop or warehouse to assure that they are in good shape when you need them.
Avoid excess humidity and water contact
Paper and moisture don't mix well, and you probably know that. Excessive humidity or even outright water contact will damage all your paper and paper-based release liners. If you're lucky, any unprotected product might wick off the moisture along the cut edge, develop waviness, and become difficult to manage when in use. Worse case scenario, though, is that your vinyl paper rolls will be completely ruined and unusable.
Avoid surface pressure
Extreme pressure on any surface of your paper rolls will result in surface marring, also known as mottling. It can completely ruin a roll of vinyl paper. This is especially true if you've stacked multiple rolls on top of each other, or if a roll has rested on its side for an extended period of time. Vinyl is soft enough to take a pressure mark, depending on the finish (matte versus gloss). You should store your plotter vinyl rolls vertically instead of horizontally because there is far less pressure when the rolls are vertical.
Finally, when you're storing your paper rolls, you should keep in mind that it's a good idea to know what you have on hand at all times. If you can't really see what you have or how much is left on a roll, it's more likely to sit around for a long time. You will also probably shuffle it around a lot in that time, which isn't good. Take the time to label partial boxes or protective bags so you know what you have in storage.
The very first plotter was invented in 1953. If you're using one of these amazing machines, you need plotter paper. To properly store your plotter paper, follow these tips listed above. It can save you a lot of money and frustration from ruined vinyl paper.