Paper and specialty media guide
The following paper characteristics affect print quality and reliability. Consider these factors before printing on
The printer trays and multipurpose feeder can automatically feed paper weights between 60–176 g/m
47‑lb) grain long paper. The 2100‑sheet tray can automatically feed paper weights up to 60–135 g/m
grain long paper. Paper lighter than 60 g/m
(16 lb) might not be stiff enough to feed properly, and may cause
Note: Two‑sided printing is supported for 60–176 g/m
Curl is the tendency for paper to curl at its edges. Excessive curl can cause paper feeding problems. Curl can
occur after the paper passes through the printer, where it is exposed to high temperatures. Storing paper
unwrapped in hot, humid, cold, or dry conditions, even in the trays, can contribute to paper curling prior to
printing and can cause feeding problems.
Paper smoothness directly affects print quality. If paper is too rough, toner cannot fuse to it properly. If paper
is too smooth, it can cause paper feeding or print quality issues. Always use paper between 100 and 300
Sheffield points; smoothness between 150 and 250 Sheffield points produces the best print quality.
The amount of moisture in paper affects both print quality and the ability of the printer to feed the paper correctly.
Leave paper in its original wrapper until it is time to use it. This limits the exposure of paper to moisture changes
that can degrade its performance.
Store paper in its original wrapper in the same environment as the printer for 24 to 48 hours before printing.
Extend the time several days if the storage or transportation environment is very different from the printer
environment. Thick paper may also require a longer conditioning period.
Grain refers to the alignment of the paper ﬁbers in a sheet of paper. Grain is either grain long, running the length
of the paper, or grain short, running the width of the paper.
For 60–176 g/m
(16–47‑lb) paper, grain long paper is recommended.
Most high‑quality xerographic paper is made from 100% chemically treated pulped wood. This content provides
the paper with a high degree of stability, resulting in fewer paper feeding problems and better print quality.
Paper containing ﬁbers such as cotton can negatively affect paper handling.