by Pete Baxer
In this section, we will discuss ink mixing – a basic but very important step to achieve a quality print. If it is not done properly, the entire printing process can get very frustrating and, in turn, may cause a loss of production and a waste of valuable time and energy.
Before you start, it is essential that you use the proper equipment. Unlined mixing cups (no wax), mixing sticks and a quality electronic scale with an accuracy of .1 grams are all very important. Without these items, ink mixing becomes guesswork, causing the quality and precision of the print to suffer.
Please note that Sapphire Inks are highly opaque and take more solvent than most inks. The adjustment of the viscosity of the ink depends on the quality of thinner that is being added. Generally you should never exceed 20-25%; however, dilution varies from series to series.
If you follow these simple steps it should help to improve your printing process. If you ever have any questions please contact me, Pete, at Inkcups and I will be glad to help you.
Pete Baxer graduated from…
the Harvard School of Ink with a degree in Ink Mixing.
Before joining ICN, Pete worked as a production manager for a
promotional products company for 8 years.