Imprinting Inks (a learning page)

  • Epoxy: a solvent based ink used for printing on certain types of substrates when a durable, abrasion resistant print is required.
  • Fluorescent Ink: used in screen printing, an ink which contains extremely bright “neon” pigment colors.
  • Gel: used in screen printing, a plastisol ink to a partial cure by raising it to a temperature of 175 -240 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Magnetic Ink: paper printing ink which can be read by both human and electronic machines. It is used to check printing.
  • Metallic Ink: paper printing ink used to print images or text in gold, silver, bronze and metallic colors.
  • Metallic Ink: used in screen printing, a plastisol ink base containing metallic particles.
  • Opaque Ink: paper printing ink used to cover or alter unwanted transparent areas and printing negatives seen on printed image.
  • Phosphorescent Ink: used in screen printing, a special effect type of glow in the dark ink.
  • Photochromic Ink: used in screen printing, a special effect type of plastisol ink that appears relatively colorless when viewed in indoor light but will display a certain color (depending on the pigment) when exposed to bright sunlight.
  • Plastisol Ink: used in screen printing, an ink primarily for textile printing (it is composed of PVC (polyvinyl chloride), color pigments, and plasticizers).
  • Puff Ink: used in screen printing, a special effect type of plastisol ink that “raises up” or expands dimensionally during the curing process.
  • Reflective Ink: used in screen printing, a special effect type of plastisol ink containing tiny reflective elements.
  • UV Ink: certain types of ink that when exposed to UV light will harden or cure.
  • Water Based Ink: non-plastisol ink that can be air dried.
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