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Discussion in 'Tools of the Trade' started by RichBohlman, Oct 13, 2006.
Try Office Max--I always find good buys on 67 and 100 lb stock by Wausau.
THANKS Everyone for the great suggestions and help! Rich
I have been using Wausau Bright White 65 lb. cover weight paper lately.
It's much whiter (brightness 96) than the other papers I was using.
Not cheap but, to me, it's worth it. I got it at Staples.
What's the best weight paper to use? Actually what's the best type of paper to use also? I know there's photo paper, matte paper, etc. So many different choices but being someone new to paper modeling, I'd definately like to use the best.
I've been using 20lb copy paper and gluing 2 sheets together. It's been working pretty well for now I guess.
I've tried using heavy photo paper (up to 280 gsm). While you can't beat it for richness and depth of color, compared to cardstock, it is harder to cut, score and fold. You can't score the printed surface, and because of the plastic-like surface coating, it resists sharp folds. It's almost like dealing with thin sheets of vinyl.
Here in South Africa we use the metric system, i.e. gsm (grams per square metre), so what is 67lb and 110lb in gsm?
I now get my paper locally! Thanks everyone for the help! Rich
Damn couldn't find a coversion for GSM. Only just gram and 260 grams equals 0.52lbs. Now that doesn't seem right.
67lb is about 140g/m2, I've yet to find that weight in Europe though, so I use 160g/m2 which is close enough for me. I expect that 110lb would be about 200g/m2.
Wow if that's the case then 280GSM is pretty thick paper! Must come out with some hefty models.
I think it also depends on brand as well. I'm currently using Wausau 65lb that also has 175 g/m2 printed on the label. Go figure...
Here is a good converter for lbs to gsm. It gives converted weights for cover, text, index, and several other types of paper.
If you, like me, are confused by terms like "bond", "index", "cover", "bristol", "bristol cover", "bristol index" ... (pass the aspirin!), here is a good glossary of paper-related terminology: