Thank you for the information about the new ‘entry level’ plywood. I did miss that when browsing the shop.
And yes, I had let support know about the issues, and they were awesome as always, apologizing and giving the shop credit. Of course, I waited too long to reorder (I try to order at least $100 at a time to get the free shipping) and now my $44 credit will only cover 2 3/4 sheets of maple, rather than all 4, but that’s just how it goes.
For you and those following this thread, I’ll upload the images I sent support from the last batch. It was by far the most frustrating issue I’ve had (the first PG issue I had was with a crack running through the maple veneer).
The first problem with the order was that all four of the maple sheets were warped. I tried to ‘sandwich’ them in my stack of PG materials, but it didn’t make much of a difference (the picture below was taken after leaving them sandwiched for a day). Fortunately, only one of my projects for that weekend required a ‘full sheet’ print. I had some maple PG from a previous order for that, and I was about to layout the smaller cuts in a way that minimized the warp from the new boards.
Second issue was the bubbling in the masking paper. It led to nasty gummy residue on the finished products that I had to scrape off by hand. I try pressing out the bubbles by hand and rolling them out with a roller, but they would pop back up by the time the print run was done.
I should also note that surprisingly, the walnut and draft board also in the order were fine. No warps on them and no bubbles either. Whatever happened was specific to the maple.