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    Default Is the use of writing papers in laser printers possible? Anyone tried this?

    In the past I've used Clairefontaine Triomphe paper for some of my ink reviews as there are many users of this paper so they will know what the ink will behave like on a known paper.
    Now my old inkjet printer has packed up and I have a laser printer that should only use laser paper.

    It would technically mean I would have to use a laser only paper for all ink reviews done using the pro forma ink review form that I usually print first.

    Has anyone successfully tried putting any writing paper through a laser printer? e.g. Clairefontaine Triomphe? Rhodia?
    Can any writing papers withstand the heat of a laser printer?
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    Default Re: Is the use of writing papers in laser printers possible? Anyone tried this?

    Quote Originally Posted by Chrissy View Post
    In the past I've used Clairefontaine Triomphe paper for some of my ink reviews as there are many users of this paper so they will know what the ink will behave like on a known paper.
    Now my old inkjet printer has packed up and I have a laser printer that should only use laser paper.

    It would technically mean I would have to use a laser only paper for all ink reviews done using the pro forma ink review form that I usually print first.

    Has anyone successfully tried putting any writing paper through a laser printer? e.g. Clairefontaine Triomphe? Rhodia?
    Can any writing papers withstand the heat of a laser printer?
    Only paper I am not sure can take the heat is Tomoe river

    Most of the papers you listed are similar to the 25% cotton paper from Southworth I like

    As long as your paper isnít coated to resist heat bonding you are probably fine

    Unless itís a higher end Xerox laser they have a paper type sensor or something
    Itís causing me issues at a client


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    Default Re: Is the use of writing papers in laser printers possible? Anyone tried this?

    I've fed bond paper through my HP 4100n without issue, even through the duplexer.

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    Default Re: Is the use of writing papers in laser printers possible? Anyone tried this?

    Quote Originally Posted by Silverbreeze View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Chrissy View Post
    In the past I've used Clairefontaine Triomphe paper for some of my ink reviews as there are many users of this paper so they will know what the ink will behave like on a known paper.
    Now my old inkjet printer has packed up and I have a laser printer that should only use laser paper.

    It would technically mean I would have to use a laser only paper for all ink reviews done using the pro forma ink review form that I usually print first.

    Has anyone successfully tried putting any writing paper through a laser printer? e.g. Clairefontaine Triomphe? Rhodia?
    Can any writing papers withstand the heat of a laser printer?
    Only paper I am not sure can take the heat is Tomoe river

    Most of the papers you listed are similar to the 25% cotton paper from Southworth I like

    As long as your paper isnít coated to resist heat bonding you are probably fine

    Unless itís a higher end Xerox laser they have a paper type sensor or something
    Itís causing me issues at a client


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    I don't know if it might be a higher end with a sensor or not. It's a Xerox VersaLink C600
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    Default Re: Is the use of writing papers in laser printers possible? Anyone tried this?

    Quote Originally Posted by Chrissy View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chrissy View Post
    In the past I've used Clairefontaine Triomphe paper for some of my ink reviews as there are many users of this paper so they will know what the ink will behave like on a known paper.
    Now my old inkjet printer has packed up and I have a laser printer that should only use laser paper.

    It would technically mean I would have to use a laser only paper for all ink reviews done using the pro forma ink review form that I usually print first.

    Has anyone successfully tried putting any writing paper through a laser printer? e.g. Clairefontaine Triomphe? Rhodia?
    Can any writing papers withstand the heat of a laser printer?
    Only paper I am not sure can take the heat is Tomoe river

    Most of the papers you listed are similar to the 25% cotton paper from Southworth I like

    As long as your paper isnít coated to resist heat bonding you are probably fine

    Unless itís a higher end Xerox laser they have a paper type sensor or something
    Itís causing me issues at a client


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    I don't know if it might be a higher end with a sensor or not. It's a Xerox VersaLink C600
    Try printing and see if the screen tells you it canít print due to paper not matching


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    Default Re: Is the use of writing papers in laser printers possible? Anyone tried this?

    I've been working on creating an A5 sized form to better catalogue my inks (and possibly share inky thoughts).
    It's not particularly scientific, but I've created a test print on a single sheet of Kokuyo Campus Sarasara A5 paper with our HP LaserJet M29w, and it seemed to come out just fine.
    I believe that's a 75 gsm paper, and I'm not sure how much lighter than that you could go before the risk of paper jams becomes too high.
    Looking at the specs for your much nicer printer though, it claims to handle one-sided paper from 60-220 gsm and double-sided from 60-176 gsm.
    Direct link to the PDF spec sheet in case you want to check it out - https://www.office.xerox.com/latest/VC6SS-01U.PDF

    Good luck!

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    Default Re: Is the use of writing papers in laser printers possible? Anyone tried this?

    Quote Originally Posted by Silverbreeze View Post
    Try printing and see if the screen tells you it canít print due to paper not matching
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    It's already had a go at a small sheet of labels. It printed one sheet OK so I don't think it's going to warn me when it can't print due to paper not matching.
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    Default Re: Is the use of writing papers in laser printers possible? Anyone tried this?

    Quote Originally Posted by thi View Post
    I've been working on creating an A5 sized form to better catalogue my inks (and possibly share inky thoughts).
    It's not particularly scientific, but I've created a test print on a single sheet of Kokuyo Campus Sarasara A5 paper with our HP LaserJet M29w, and it seemed to come out just fine.
    I believe that's a 75 gsm paper, and I'm not sure how much lighter than that you could go before the risk of paper jams becomes too high.
    Looking at the specs for your much nicer printer though, it claims to handle one-sided paper from 60-220 gsm and double-sided from 60-176 gsm.
    Direct link to the PDF spec sheet in case you want to check it out - https://www.office.xerox.com/latest/VC6SS-01U.PDF

    Good luck!
    I bought some Xerox Color tech super gloss photo paper that is 250gsm and it was OK with that. I will be able to make Christmas cards from it.
    I was led to believe that the main problem with any paper is the heat rather than the paper weight. Hence the concern.
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    Default Re: Is the use of writing papers in laser printers possible? Anyone tried this?

    You should be perfectly fine

    Only paper I had issues with laser wise is Tomoe River and some old stock typewriter paper

    Both curled due to heat

    Both are super thin paper


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    Quote Originally Posted by Silverbreeze View Post
    You should be perfectly fine

    Only paper I had issues with laser wise is Tomoe River and some old stock typewriter paper

    Both curled due to heat

    Both are super thin paper


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    Thank you. I'm considering trying a sheet of Clairefontaine Triomphe.
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    Default Re: Is the use of writing papers in laser printers possible? Anyone tried this?

    Great choice of printer Chrissy - I have an much less whizzy version of the same thing, and have been delighted with it. It's printed just find on anything I've asked it to so far. The only time I went below 70gsm was a piece of TR, and I just taped the leading edge of a piece of A5 to a sheet of A4 with magic tape (seems to handle heat better than other sellotapes) and that was fine too. It did bow a little bit, but no worse than getting it really wet with ink and it smoothed out perfectly. I can't imagine it wouldn't handle Clairefontaine OK.

    For everyday, the 90gsm HP premium laser paper (AKA 32lb) works brilliantly, and is also pretty FP friendly. Much nicer than the 80gsm version.

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    Default Re: Is the use of writing papers in laser printers possible? Anyone tried this?

    Thank you mizgeorge. We wanted to get the highest dpi print value we could afford and although that Xerox is much more of an office printer than we need we sacrificed a built in scanner and fax because there was a Xerox money back deal on that model at the time. Then we bought the Epson V600.

    I have several packs of Xerox Colorprint laser paper in 80, 100 and 120gsm that I use in the printer and the 100 and 120gsm is very good for fountain pen writing on but sometimes I use Clairefontaine and was concerned about damaging the printer trying to print my review sheet on it. Fingers crossed it will be OK.

    That's a neat tip about the tape. Thanks
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    Default Re: Is the use of writing papers in laser printers possible? Anyone tried this?

    I have used HP Laserjet 24 and 32 pound, don't recall if I have used Clairefontaine or Rhodia this way

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    Default Re: Is the use of writing papers in laser printers possible? Anyone tried this?

    I regularly print A5 planner (Filofax or Franklin Covey) inserts using Clairefontaine on my laser with no problems.

    The main problem with lasers and low quality paper is the dust generated by the paper which clogs the printer.

    Read through the printer's printing options and set it to use thinner paper (lowest gsm) for printing on TR paper.
    I use an older hp2430 printer and the printing options allow me to select the media type (for media, read paper). Thinner paper means the printer uses less heat to fuse the laser toner which goes to preventing curl.

    If you get unfused toner on your hands or clothes, wash first in cold water because using hot water fuses the toner making it difficult to get out.

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    Default Re: Is the use of writing papers in laser printers possible? Anyone tried this?

    Quote Originally Posted by whych View Post
    I regularly print A5 planner (Filofax or Franklin Covey) inserts using Clairefontaine on my laser with no problems.

    The main problem with lasers and low quality paper is the dust generated by the paper which clogs the printer.

    Read through the printer's printing options and set it to use thinner paper (lowest gsm) for printing on TR paper.
    I use an older hp2430 printer and the printing options allow me to select the media type (for media, read paper). Thinner paper means the printer uses less heat to fuse the laser toner which goes to preventing curl.

    If you get unfused toner on your hands or clothes, wash first in cold water because using hot water fuses the toner making it difficult to get out.
    Thanks whych I'll try and find out how to select thinner paper unless it "knows" already.
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