Wheat Pasting instructions


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Wheat Paste Instructions

Make prints not much bigger at 5500 pixels on the (short side) GRAY SCALE is very important to reduce size.(Adobe Lightroom grayscale is still a color file) it must be true grayscale not RGB.


Two major tricks using the large plotter printer ( small file size)… One you must save the file as GRAY SCALE and SIZED 5500 PIXELS ..THEN .. SAVE AS A PDF ... this type of printer loves PDFs .. 50 megabytes or less ... it freezes and stalls with big 50 megs or more image files Its is very important to keep the file size down (saved in gray scale) .. and saved as PDF ..it will go through the machine fast .A very large 36" x 78" - 150 DPI B&W - 5500 PIXELS - PDF print file should be about 30 -50 megabytes If it is much larger you are doing something wrong.
The printer is designed for architectural print outs ( thin xerox paper) that is what works best for wheat pasting. Done in the self-service area, or a Kinko's team member can assist you .
Many times this type of printer is called a plotter printer.
Ask for … Over Sized Black and White Printing Services for engineering prints and architectural plans. The printer is 36"inches wide (91.4 cm) and can go long as needed.

Recommended Image Dimensions :
Portrait 36in width x 48in high (91.4 cm width x 121.9cm high)
Landscape 48in width x 36in high ( 121.9cm width x 91cm high) 
Resolution: 150-200 DPI or 5500 pixels roughly.(5500 pixels on the short side of the image)Color Mode set to GRAYSCALE !! ( grayscale reduces the file size tremendously then they are very easy to send)

(This jpg file should be 2- 4 megabytes closed (compressed) Opened 40-60 megs (uncompressed)
Very easy to send by email ( if saved in gray scale )

XEROX paper is popular and works well for many reasons:
The paper is thin and absorbs the paste well mounts into uneven surfaces well.The print does not smear or run when wet ..it is carbon based and holds up well long term in weather and direct sun. Does not fade very fast in direct strong UV sunlight.

Making Wheat Paste Glue

Wheat paste is a very simple glue that will cost you under a buck a gallon to make. It's just flour water and dash of sugar.

Tools needed 
Drywall pale or buckets
Large sponges and ragsCheap plastic brooms work greatSome people use old mop headsSome people use paint rollers
Some people use a electric drill with paint mixing tool.Many just use your hands and sticks.
White bleached flour ( some use cornstarch)Dash of White SugarWater

MIX FLOUR AND WATER WITH A DASH OF SUGAR TILL BETWEEN HEAVY CREAM AND PANCAKE BATTER. SIMPLE
I have been successful without heating paste at all and just mixing well with drill mixer
Many people heat the paste while mixing or at least add hot water.
Some people will add dollop of clear acrylic floor shine in the mix ..or us it as a final wipe to clean the paste off the front.
Some people make one thick back paste for the wall first
And one thin paste finish wipe over the top letting it absorb through meeting the paste in the back.
It is applied to the backside of paper then placed on flat surfaces, particularly concrete and metal as it doesn't adhere well to wood or plastic. Cheap, rough paper such as newsprint, works well, as it can be briefly dipped in the mixture to saturate the fibers.When hanging unauthorized billboards or signage, to reduce the danger of being apprehended, wheatpasters frequently work in teams. 
Use some cornstarch instead of flour. It makes it clear instead of that nasty brown-ish color.Add 1 cup cornstarch for every 2 cups of water.
Resolution: 150-200 DPI or 5500 pixels roughly.
(5500 pixels on the short side of the image)
Color Mode set to GRAYSCALE !! 
( grayscale reduces the file size tremendously then they are very easy to send)
(This jpg file should be 2- 4 megabytes closed (compressed) Opened 40-60 megs 
(uncompressed)
Very easy to send by email ( if saved in gray scale )
NOTE- XEROX paper is popular and works well for many reasons:
The paper is thin and absorbs the paste well mounts into uneven surfaces well.
The print does not smear or run when wet .. and hold up well long term in weather and direct sun. Does not fade very fast in direct strong UV sunlight.
Making Wheat Paste
Wheat paste is a very simple glue that will cost you under a buck a gallon to make. It's just flour water and dash of suger.
Tools needed 
Drywall pale or buckets
Large sponges and rags
Cheap plastic brooms work great
Some people use old mop heads
Some people use paint rollers
Some people use a battery drill with paint mixing tool.
Many just use your hands
White bleached flour ( some use cornstarch)
White Sugar
Water
MIX FLOUR AND WATER WITH A DASH OF SUGAR TILL BETWEEN HEAVY CREAM AND PANCAKE BATTER. SIMPLE
I have been successful without heating paste at all and just mixing well with drill mixer
Many people heat the paste while mixing or at least add hot water.
Some people will add dollop of clear acrylic floor shine in the mix ..or us it as a final wipe to clean the paste off the front.
Some people make one thick back paste for the wall first
And one thin paste finish wipe over the top letting it absorb through meeting the paste in the back.
It is applied to the backside of paper then placed on flat surfaces, particularly concrete and metal as it doesn't adhere well to wood or plastic. Cheap, rough paper such as newsprint, works well, as it can be briefly dipped in the mixture to saturate the fibers.
When hanging unauthorized billboards or signage, to reduce the danger of being apprehended, wheatpasters frequently work in teams. 
Use some cornstarch instead of flour. It makes it clear instead of that nasty brown-ish color.
Add 1 cup cornstarch for every 2 cups of water.

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