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    Smile Painters tape not sticking kapton tape? tape discussion

    (I posted this on another forum but after 5 hrs its still not published)

    Hi I'm very new to 3d printing I just got my first printer a little over a month ago
    it is a ctc dual (I think thats the name of it)
    I have been trying to find an answer all over the place and am seeing a lot of conflicting information or at least I'm not quite getting it

    I'm having problems with painters tape peeling up
    the printer has a heated bed and has kapton tape on it with the blue painters tape on top of the kapton tape
    it seems to always peel up in the same place

    I've seen people saying to only use kapton tape with a heated bed
    however when I tried this the prints wouldn't stick to the bed and I just ended up with a mess of plastic

    the platform is being heated to 38c and I don't have the extra cooling fan mod

    does anyone have any tips on what I might be doing wrong here
    should I try different tape ?
    should I change the bed temperature ?

    any help would be greatly appreciated

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    Super Moderator curious aardvark's Avatar
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    38c ?
    why ?

    Pla needs 50, abs needs 90

    I always used to apply the painters tape with the bed heated to 60c
    Found that it stuck much much better if applied when warm.

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    I would remove all kapton tape from the bed clean with goof off, then 70% alcohol. Then I would buy a sample roll of Vinyl Transfer Paper Tape.
    Most any brand will work as long as it is paper would only buy a short sampler roll. I buy a 12" X 300' roll for about $30.00 this will cover my bed 300 times.
    The transfer paper comes in low, medium, high and extra high tack adhesion, I use medium tack.

    Short video showing how well it holds.


    https://youtu.be/qzWKE3TO9UU







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    Super Moderator curious aardvark's Avatar
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    ah that video makes me all nostalgic for the days I had to fight the prints. Don't know how you guys can keep on doing it ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by curious aardvark View Post
    ah that video makes me all nostalgic for the days I had to fight the prints. Don't know how you guys can keep on doing it ;-)
    Actually that print was way too close to the bed, I was showing how secure you could get your prints on Vinyl Transfer Paper.
    When adjusted up a little higher the prints come off with a couple light taps, and a little bit higher again you can slide the putty knife right under the print without damage to the paper.
    After 3 or 4 prints in the same location you may need to buff with a 1500G sand paper to get good adhesion again.

    I tested the Vinyl transfer paper it too stuck much better if applied when warm.
    Last edited by Roberts_Clif; 08-13-2017 at 09:29 AM.

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    Hmm.. Bed adhesive show down?

    I'm down with that. Let's find a relatively smallish print and see what works the best!

    PLA, 60 bed temp, .4 nozzle, .2 layer height, .4 layer width, 60mm/s ALL layer speeds. This should be doable for all printers. Maybe a new thread needs to be started on this. Of course, we'd have to have some video proof.

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    Quote Originally Posted by number40Fan View Post
    Hmm.. Bed adhesive show down?

    I'm down with that. Let's find a relatively smallish print and see what works the best!

    PLA, 60 bed temp, .4 nozzle, .2 layer height, .4 layer width, 60mm/s ALL layer speeds. This should be doable for all printers. Maybe a new thread needs to be started on this. Of course, we'd have to have some video proof.
    No need for a Showdown. There will always be different opinions it does not mean one is wrong and one is right, they are merely different..

    I have always printed with Nozzle 190-198C, bed temp of 36-56, 76mm/s ALL layers.

    Will Vinyl Transfer Paper release my Print
    https://youtu.be/Y5ut1OtMSp0
    Last edited by Roberts_Clif; 08-13-2017 at 09:58 AM.

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