Waterproof Inks

What Is Waterproof Ink?

Sometimes life gets a little messy and your canvas prints need a little cleaning. Luckily, waterproof inks have you covered.


Types of Ink Used in Canvas Printing

The type of ink used for canvas prints can easily determine the quality of your canvas print. Let’s jump in and examine the most commonly used inks.


UV Curable Waterproof Inks

The color versatility of UV curable ink is unrivaled by nearly every other ink. During the printing process, high-tech printers apply UV light rays to UV curable inks resulting in a chemical reaction that waterproofs the print.


Popular UV Curable Inks:

  • Kao Collins
  • Marabu Inks 


Advantages of UV Curable Inks:

  • Waterproof.
  • Superior image quality.
  • True Color.
  • Compatible with a wide variety of materials.
  • Quick to dry.
  • Decreased fading over time.
  • VOC Free.


Disadvantages of UV Curable Inks:

  • Increased startup cost.
  • Cannot dry without a curing printer.


Water-Based Latex Inks

Latex inks are a widely used water-based ink that is seen as an environmentally-friendly substitute to solvent-based inks.


Popular Water-Based Latex Inks:

  • HP Latex Inks
  • Mimaki


Advantages of Water-Based Latex Inks:

  • Environmentally-friendly.
  • Nickel-free.
  • Competitive cost.


Disadvantages of Water-Based Latex Inks:

  • Long drying process.
  • Loses 40% of ink base when dried.
  • Limited range of products suitable for latex printing.


Inks are what make canvas prints pop! It is key that long-lasting and true color inks are used for canvas printing. UV curable waterproof inks prevail in high image quality and overall durability, resulting in a canvas print meant to last a lifetime.

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