I just finished a long double-sided print job and although my cuts, scores, and engraves all seemed to process properly, after taking off the masking I am super disappointed to find flaking finish and barely visible HD Graphic engraves.
I’m making the Genaille-Lucas rulers and after successfully cutting a set out of PG Medium Walnut Ply (seen on left), I decided that I wanted the rulers to be sturdier and decided to try PG Thick Walnut Ply (on right). The Proofgrade settings were exactly the same for both jobs. The numbers along the L column are HD Graphic engraves, and the lines are HQ scores.
Along with the barely visible HD Graphic numbers and the flaking finish, the Thick Ply has a very obviously different finish than the Medium Ply – where the Medium Ply has a matte finish, the Thick Ply is very shiny and feels like plastic. I do not have any other sheets of Thick Ply to compare, but the two other sheets of Medium Walnut Ply I have both appear to have the matte finish (as far as I can tell from lifting one corner of masking).
I haven’t used Thick Ply before this project, but now I have tried two varieties (support already knows about my Thick Cherry Ply disaster on Monday) and both have failed due to PG quality issues. I’m also concerned about the significant finish difference between two thicknesses of the same material – is that something to be expected or am I just having extremely bad luck?