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Andrew
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So I'm gearing up for another batch of cards (pnp for Impulse, second edition) and wanting to refine my method. In the past, I've either sprayed my cards with polyurethane or not bothered at all. I'm going to be using 24lb linen paper with some sort of core in between each side -- so here's a poll for your consideration!

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What sort of coating do you apply to your PNP cards?
Acrylic coating link
Polyurethane coating link
No coating at all
Other
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Which one do you use -- and why? How does this affect the color of your cards? How does it affect the durability? Do you apply the coating before or after you glue?

Any advice welcomed!
 
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maf man
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Apply the coating early in the process.
Its easier to spray one sided sheets than cards
your print is then more protected before your start handling it for cutting and gluing
I have heard mention that some glues start to fail if exposed to some coatings. I don't know which kind and I have not seen this for myself but it is easily avoided just by doing the coating first.

I use a spray acrylic on my prints. I have yet to do any worthwhile testing on it but so far I have not found it to mess with the color at all and it improves the texture.
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Joy Cohn
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I used Krylon Polyurethane over white linen textured paper, prior to gluing with 3M spray adhesive. My printer is an HP Officejet.

They had to stay in the garage for a few days due to the smell of the coating.

The cards glued together with no problems and the surfaces are still matt.
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Pelle Nilsson
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I never coat or glue, just put the cards in sleeves (backed by mtg cards) and play. Works well enough for me.
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Coating is the next step right after printing. Then I glue up to the core, and finally cut.

I used to use the Krylon Acrylic linked and it works well. However it has that nasty, oily smell. Most of the spraying I did had to be outside & the paper sat in a garage for a day or two (smelling up the garage was less objectionable than the house ). Now I use the Minwax Polyurethane linked. I still spray outside, but the smell is far less, and what there is smells like new furniture--since this is meant as a wood finish. Once dry the paper can go right inside.

Between the two, I prefer the Polyurethane final product. It's less sticky and has a nicer finish. So far no noticeable discoloration on finished cards.
 
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Other: 3 mil clear polyester film
 
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Previously I've used clear spray acrylic (various brands). Recently purchased Minwax Polyurethane gloss and will be trying that for my next batch of cards. Clear acrylic is fine, but it leaves the surface rough and may need buffing. I'm hoping the Minwax will end up with a smoother finish, so we'll see.
 
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mafman6 wrote:
Apply the coating early in the process.
Its easier to spray one sided sheets than cards
your print is then more protected before your start handling it for cutting and gluing

Listen to this man!
I had to learn this the hard way as I was punching out tokens, every single one had some toner flaking.
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aaj94 wrote:
Do you apply the coating before or after you glue?
Before gluing. Had it happen where the clearcoat undid the glue in many spots. Maybe I got it on too thick or didn't use enough glue, but I now glue after the clearcoat and have not had problems.
 
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