If you are familiar to the world of large format printing, or any type of printing for that matter, apart from the paper or canvas you would be printing on, the type of ink is also of the essence. This is because different things to print call for different types of ink. Also, different printers are more compatible with certain ink types than others. If you want to acquaint yourself with the different types of ink that can be used, then this article is for you. What are some common ink types used in wide format printing, and when are these used?
As the name suggests, this ink has a water base and is best for photography or fine arts. These can be used on posters, canvas, photo papers, and other materials that would be used indoors. These are not that resistant to wear and tear, and hence is not advisable for outdoor applications as it could fade and wash away with time. Glossy finishes can’t be achieved with this kind of ink, and if it should be used for outdoor purposes, then painters or printers should use some kind of protection or varnish to preserve the paint from the damage caused by sun and rain.
A unique kind of ink that helps painters and printers be able to achieve a high quality is the UV-Curable Ink. These can be used for soft signages, labels, frontlit or backlit fabric and vinyl, as well as vehicle wraps. If you are in a rush, then this is the one for you as the substrates can be handled as soon as the paint job is finished, as all it needs to be cured is Ultra-Violet light, which of course, can be obtained from the sun.