(Closed) Print at home invites are smearing…

posted 10 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
1498 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Laser printers SHOULDN’T smear, but it depends on your paper. Is it glossy? The only time my laser jet has smeared is using glossy paper and it sometimes leaves marks right after I install or shake the cartridge.

If it doesn’t work, try a local printers to take them too. You provide the paper and file and the printers will do them for you.

Post # 4
635 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

@MrsNerdy:  When are they smearing? If its right when they come out then the paper may be too thick. What type of paper is it? Are they just not drying after they’ve been printed? You may need to let them rest or run hot air over them if its after they’ve been printed.

Post # 5
905 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012 - Historic Lougheed House

Sometimes laser printers don’t work on coated paper. 

Ex: I tried to print using watercolor (thick cotton) paper and laser smeared too.  I ended up having to spray with a sealent protectant spray…. and then just abandoned that idea. Lol.

Post # 6
136 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Spread them on a table and let dry overnight, maybe?


Post # 7
253 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I’d say the paper isn’t right for the job. It might be sealed or somewhat waterproof. The glossy ones also harder to print on, unless they’re special photo paper.

I had the same thing happen to me on metallic paper. You need an absorbive paper to use with a home printer.


Post # 9
7960 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

@MrsNerdy:  i had the exact same issue with my diy kit on my laser printer.  i changed the printer setting on my printer to heavy paper.  ran a couple testers then it worked perfectly after that.

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