Illustrator pdf graphic problems

Hi All,
I have a file which I need to send to a printer as locked pdf, but am having problems with my graphics saving correctly.
The magazine I am publishing in cannot be trusted to not tinker with the artwork (messed up last 2 years advertisements mucking around with layout), hence trying to make this as secure as possible.
I have created some cartoon like clouds and when I save the artwork as pdf they have pencil thin grid lines all over them, as if they have been broken up into large square shapes in the save process.
Strangely, if I flatten the artwork in Illustrator I get the same result.
Any ideas?
Many thanks, Jon

Do the clouds involve transparency and/or raster effects? If so, you are probably seeing the onscreen antialiasing where the resulting raster images abut after you Flatten.
Turn off antialised display in Prefs and see if the "gridlines" go away.

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