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Special Effects Inks

At their Swiss laboratory Printcolor Screen Ltd. create special effects screen printing inks and specialized color effects in an array of unique and stunning visual Fx. If you need special Fx screen printing inks then Printcolor is the company to turn to as they specialize in these niche specialty ink markets. Their experts can formulate complex color stylings, which feature both decorative and functional purposes. For routine ink mixing and standard custom color matching services of PMS (Pantone), RAL or HKS color swatches turn to DECO TECH for quality service and quick turn-around.

VISUAL CHARACTERISTICS:

Ink Effects Group Description of Special Ink Fx
Opacity High opaque colors
Transparent High transparent colors
Fluorescence Glowing during daylight or UV light
Luminescence Invisible in daylight, visible in infrared or UV light
Phosphorescence After charging with light, glows in the dark
Metal Mirror, chrome, silver, aluminum and metallic spot colors
Glimmer Fine monochrome and polychrome glitter inks
Glitter Coarse monochrome, polychrome and holographic glitter inks
Interference High contrast, viewing angle dependent polychromatic color changing effects
Pearlescent Soft, viewing angle dependent polychromatic color effects
Reflectance Direct reflection of visible light

TACTILE:

Ink Effects Group Description of Special Ink Fx
Soft Touch Silky or rubber-type grip
Texture Low reflection surface, dry grip
Structure Structured surfaces
High Structure 3D structures
Relief 3D lines and areas

OLFACTORY PROPERTIES:

Ink Effects Group Description of Special Ink Fx
Permeable Short, direct release of odor
Retardation Prolonged, direct release of odor
Micro Encapsulated Odor released due to physical stress (aka scratch and sniff inks)

SENSOR TECHNOLOGY:

Ink Effects Group Description of Special Ink Fx
Photocromatic Invisible colors that become visible in strong sunlight
Thermochromatic Colors that become invisible at a certain temperature
Metal Mirror, chrome, silver, aluminum and metallic spot colors
Glimmer Fine monochrome and polychrome glitter inks
Glitter Coarse monochrome, polychrome and holographic glitter inks
Interference High contrast, viewing angle dependent polychromatic color changing effects
Pearlescent Soft, viewing angle dependent polychromatic color effects
Reflectance Direct reflection of visible light

ELECTROMAGNETIC:

Ink Effects Group Description of Special Ink Fx
Magnetic Retaining magnetized materials
Conductive Conducts electrical current
Insulating Insulates electrical current
Protecting Impervious to electromagnetic radiation
Magnetisable Magnetically encodable

PHYSICAL:

Ink Effects Group Description of Special Ink Fx
Friction Anti-slip effect
Pyrogene Friction surface for matches
Scratchable Scratch-off with finger of coin
Peelable Can be peeled off from print substrate
Soluble Soluble in water and chemicals after printing
Markable Inscribable
Reformable Cold-forming possible

THERMAL:

Ink Effects Group Description of Special Ink Fx
Temperature-resistant High temperature resistance
Combination Laminatable with other materials
Laser-marking Laser inscribable
Melting Meltable at defined temperatures
Cutting Lasercut resistance
Blistering Adhesion for blisterpack
Foaming Foaming at defined temperatures
Reforming Thermal deep drawing

PROTECTION:

Ink Effects Group Description of Special Ink Fx
Sand Blasting Sand blasting masks
Abrasion Protection against mechanical abrasion
Light Protection against sunlight and weather
Graffiti Protection against graffiti
Acids Protection against acid
Alkalines Protection against alkalines
Filler materials Protection against chemical compounds
Markings Protection against unwanted markings and bonding

BONDING TECHNOLOGY:

Ink Effects Group Description of Special Ink Fx
Adhesive Separating bonding layer
Adhesive Permanent adhesive
Adhesive Solvable adhesive
Adhesive Temperature-resistant adhesive
Adhesive Pressure-sensitive adhesive
Adhesive re-positionable adhesive
Adhesive Thermoplastic glue

SURFACES:

Ink Effects Group Description of Special Ink Fx
Primer Rust protection, adhesion, migration
Labeling Chalk, marker, ballpoint pen, indian ink
Imprinting Etch primer for inkjet printing, laser printing, offset printing, flexo printing and sublimation printing
Marking Stamping, encoding