Fade Resistant Ink and Polyethylene Bags

Posted by on Mon, Apr 6th, 2015 at 1:52 pm

Many printing jobs require inks that are formulated to be fade resistant. Unfortunately, most printed materials exposed to light eventually fade.

There are specific factors that affect the resistance of an ink particle to fade. The two main factors include the size of the particle and the chemicals that go into the particle. Without getting too scientific on you, it all has to do with electrons and the particles ability to hold onto electrons. Light has the ability to change the make up of a particle, releasing electrons from ink particles, thus resulting in fading of the ink and a not so appealing package.

If you use polyethylene bags, sheeting, and pouches that are displayed under indoor florescent lighting or in direct sunlight in store windows or outdoors, you may be interested in fade resistant inks. Fade resistant inks will yield images that resist fading when exposed to UV rays. When ordering your product, explain the nature of the job and its intended end use to your sales representative. Also be sure to make your sales representative aware if the printed job will be displayed outdoors and exposed to weather. This information can help your sales representative determine the amount of lightfastness required to be built into the formation. Fade resistant pigments are quite costly, so you want a sales representative who can help keep your ink costs down by adding the proper fade resistant pigments to ensure the required degree of lightfastness.

The key is to talk to a knowledgeable sales representative and ask for light fast inks to provide top-notch performance with UV ink applications. After all, color is key for many packages and helps your product catch the eye and be recognized. For excellent visual impact a team effort is required among ink manufactures, sales representatives, product manufacturers, and the client.


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