UV Ink VS Solvent Ink - Why dose UV Ink is Better for Custom Signage

During digital printing, what do we use? The majority of our signs are printed using UV ink, which produces high quality and permanent designs. We’ll give you an overview of all two types of ink: UV ink and solvent ink, showing you how each are used and why do UV inks is better for custom signage. Please reading this article, let me shall you more information.


UV Ink

Modern technology has provided the printing industry with a state of the art printing process that allows for vibrant ink to cure instantly on virtually any substrate (just a fancy word for the surface or material). UV ink, which is implemented in UV printing, results in a crystal clear printed design. The vibrance of the ink is achieved due to the instant curing of the ink as soon as it is printed on a material. Instead of being absorbed into the material, which occurs when inks are heat or air dried, UV ink cures on the surface. Due to surface curing, ink will have a matte appearance and a slight texture to it. Colors can also become faded or not as true when absorbed or evaporated into the air, which UV ink prevents from occurring. UV ink is also scratch, abrasion, and weather resistant.


Instant curing of the ink allows for printing on a variety of surfaces. At SKYIMAGE, we use UV ink when printing on our vinyl banners, aluminum signs, rigid plastic signs, clear window decals, and most every other product we offer. If you’re wondering what type of ink is used in your sign, each of our product pages includes the printing method and the ink used to create your design.

Solvent Ink

One of the most commonly used inks in the printing industry is solvent ink. Solvent ink is comprised of a fluid (water or liquid base), pigment (color), and a resin (adherent), which results in a durable, long lasting ink. Unlike UV ink, solvent ink cures with either air or heat application. Because solvent ink air dries, ink could dry within the printing heads, clogging the machine and causing your design to print wrong. Frequent cleaning of the heads will prevent this from occurring. This additional maintenance can also cause downtime of printers and increased costs which many printers pass onto their customers in the form of higher costs or longer turnaround times.


Ink that is absorbed into the substrate may also dull the colors compared to ink that is dried on the surface. Though colors may dull, absorption into a material gives excellent resistance against weather and scratching. Ink absorption allows for materials to bend without stretching or cracking of the ink. There is no need for special coatings or laminates to protect the ink when it is printed.

Solvent based inks do allow for a smaller dot size when printing, providing gradients (variations) in colors when wanted. Solvent inks are best suited for printing on white or light colored materials because ink is not as vibrant when printed on darker colored surfaces.


Okay, that is I tell you the benefit of UV ink printing for custom signage. Our company sales different kinds ink, if you have any other needs or questions welcome to contact us at any time. We will provide you the best quality product and service. Hope my article can be useful to you. Thank you for your reading.


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