Post # 1
I’m using my Gocco to print out thank you cards for my bridal shower, and I keep running into problems. The graphics and text I’m using comes out with bare splotches when I’m trying to print. If you look at the screen you can see where the design hasn’t completely burnt through. Here’s what I’ve done to troubleshoot so far:
I’m using new batteries.
My design does not have a lot of fine detail
I’m using the blue screen.
My design is in black and white.
I’m printing my design on a laser printer.
This is happening on a different part of my design each time I burn a screen. I’ve gone through 7 screens and I’m so frustrated right now. I’ve used the Gocco before the wedding for my invitations and other projects and never had a problem with them. Can anyone help me out here? Thanks.
Post # 3
No clue but I’m bumping you!
Calling all Gocco users! Help out a fellow bee!
Post # 4
You could also try to search through all the "related posts" — might not help but maybe a new step-by-step could be useful.
Post # 5
Have you tried using a photocopy of your image and not just the image printed from your laser printer? Its the carbon that "burns’ the screen when the bulbs flash and maybe your printer doesnt put enough carbon on the image? I always make sure to use a photocopy of what I want to burn on the screen, just in case. I hope this helps.
Post # 6
- Wedding: September 2009 - Barr Mansion
Yes, try making using a copier to make a copy of what you print from your laser printer. I have always heard that you should always start by using an image made from a copier.
Post # 8
Are your bulbs old? have they been sitting around awhile? I was having a problem with burning on my screen and as soon as I tried it with brand new bulbs, it worked perfectly! GL. Gocco CAN be so frustrating!
Post # 9
The same thing happened to me when i first used my Gocco and it was SO frustrating. I finally noticed that what was happening with mine is that some of the paper was actually sticking to the screen and at those parts, the ink wasn’t able to seep through. Do you think that is maybe happening to you? I had gone through so many screens by the time i realized the problem that I just went through with a paint brush and filled in my splotches and it turned out looking fine (although it was a pain in the booty), but to avoid this on my next project, i plan on using a better quality/thicker paper that won’t stick to my screen. Good luck!
Post # 10
it has been suggested by others on this site to rub chalk dust with a cotton ball on your master before you flash the screen because there may be too much carbon in the print. let me know if this helps …
Post # 11
I second everyone’s suggestions – try photocopying your text.
Post # 12
I made a photocopy yesterday and it didn’t work. There are still patchy areas not being burnt in the screen. It’s not an issue with the paper I’m printing on. When you add the ink to the screen, you can actually see small areas where the screen didn’t burn through. As for adding chalk, I’m confused about why that would work? I’m not having problems with areas burning through that I don’t want burnt. It’s the actual design that I want burnt that’s not working out.
I really need to get these cards out so I don’t have time to order new bulbs. I can’t see why that would be the issue though because I ordered these bulbs from Northwood Studios about 3 months ago and the other two projects I’ve used with these bulbs have worked fine.
I’m going to try to use a paintbrush to fill in the areas that won’t print but I’m really not sure how well that’s going to work out, especially on the text parts that haven’t shown up.
Does anyone have any more ideas? I’m so frustrated. I can’t even sell this Gocco to recoup the costs involved in buying it and trying to use it now is just a giant waste of money and time.
Post # 13
Hey Cleo — I just saw your follow up post. The bulbs are probably fine if you bought them that recently. I don’t have a lot of gocco experience, but I did print my invites on one and it worked out well. I think the machine is very font sensitive, so that might be it. But also, when we were printing, some parts didn’t burn through perfectly but once we got the ink flowing, it showed up cleanly. On any of your attempts have you re-inked and then tested at least 5 times?
Post # 14
- Wedding: June 2008 - Winery in the Gold Country
It sounds like you covered all your bases so I dont know if I can be of much help either 🙁 Sometimes I noticed that if i put a FIRM, very flat piece of cardboard behind my master, it would give a better print. Often if i didnt, I’d notice a little "waffling" (because you could actually see the unevenness from the press from the sticky pad… which has that square waffle design). if i put cardboard over the sticky pad, it eliminated those uneven spots. GL!
Post # 15
For the text, instead of using a paintbrush, I used a black calligraphy pen. As long as the area is small enough, you cant tell and its a lot easier than painting! Good luck!
Post # 16
Pinholes are normal and difficult to work with. The best things to do:
Make sure that you are using the Darkest setting on your printer. Go to your printer settings and ask for as "fine" a print as it can make. Inspect your print and use the carbon pen to fix any small imperfections (if any) Then, using some wax paper to protect it, lightly iron over your design to distribute the carbon evenly. High spots in the toner could be keeping parts of your work from adhering to the screen. Then make sure you hold down the top part when you flash the screen for a while to make sure the screen has a chance to adhere. I tend to do it for a 30 count. I hope that helps…