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HerrBill
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« on: April 27, 2020, 08:54:35 PM »

Hi Support Team,

I have a question on borderless printing. I understand that with borderless selected in the print setup, the printer will deliver a print slightly larger than the print selected. This expansion ensures an edge to edge print which is what we want, when we selected borderless. But in doing so, the print head will print ink beyond the edge of the paper onto a sponge underneath the paper.

My question is whether, in the long term, this expansion and ink over run is detrimental to the life of the printer?

To answer my own question, I gather it is because Qimage Ultimate recommends disabling overspray and size expansion.

Does this mean we should not use borderless and if so, how do we achieve an edge to edge print in Qimage ultimate?

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Bill
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« Reply #1 on: April 28, 2020, 01:29:12 PM »

I quit using the borderless feature years ago.  Once you get ink into places in your printer where it doesn't belong, it's almost impossible to get it out and to keep it from showing up where you don't want it. Borderless prints - I bought a really precise trimmer.  Just print on a larger size paper and trim to size.  Use cut marks if you need to (I no longer do)  I found that with only a little bit of practice, even a klutz like me can do this.
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« Reply #2 on: April 28, 2020, 03:05:24 PM »

I also came to the same conclusion but I wanted to hear other peoples experience. I will take on board you tip your tip. Did you disable the overspray and size expansion in preferences?

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« Reply #3 on: April 28, 2020, 05:07:01 PM »

Short answer: yes, it will cause issues with your printer if you print enough borderless prints.  You can turn off the expansion (either in the driver or QU) but then you are at the mercy of the paper feeder to try to load the paper so perfectly that you get edge to edge printing.  And since no paper feeder is perfect, you'll likely still get a tiny sliver of white on one side of the paper which means on the opposite side, there will be a tiny bit of overspray.  I have a good paper trimmer so I don't use borderless.

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Mike
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« Reply #4 on: April 28, 2020, 07:29:04 PM »

Right - same here borderless and overspray are off.
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« Reply #5 on: April 29, 2020, 08:42:04 AM »

Yeah... I think its time that I invested in a good trimmer. It's been on my 'To-Do List' for sometime, so no more dithering.
Thanks to all for your thoughts
Bill
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