What kind of ink do I need?


 There are 1000's of different types of inks available for different purposes.
Genuine name brands, no generics or substitutions. 

These ink categories will help you to determine what type of ink you may require and aid you in filling out the ink selection questionnaire. We can then recommend the suitable ink for your specific purpose.
Pigment Inks 
Surfaces:
Rubber, plastic, polyethylene, foil, metal, wood, and most non-porous surfaces.
Solvent System: Alcohol.
Drying Time: Varies from 3-5 seconds to 2-3 minutes, depending surface and application used.
Suggested Application: Natural rubber stamp with Opaque or cloth covered felt pad.
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Dye Inks
Surfaces: Glossy paper, painted surfaces, metal, hardwood, electronic parts, plastics, polyethylene, foil and cellophane, as well as most other non-porous and many porous surfaces.
Solvent System: Alcohol
Drying Time: Varies from 3 seconds to 2-4 minutes, depending surface and application used.
Suggested Application: Natural rubber stamp with Mark II, Opaque or cloth covered felt or stone pad.
 
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Water Based Inks 
For stamp pads, Self-Inkers and Coding Machines
Types available: Quick Drying Rubber Stamp Inks, Child Safe Stamp Pad Ink, Washable Stamp Pad Ink, Thermal Paper Ink, Non Reproducing Ink, Waterproof Carton Printing Ink, Carton Printing Ink, Bar Coder & Carton Printer Ink and High Light Ink.
Surfaces: Paper, Corrugated, Kraft Paper, Clay Coated Paper, Labels, Thermal treated Paper and Gummed Tape.
Drying Time: Varies from immediate to 2-3 minutes, depending on surface and application used.
Suggested Applications: Depends on choice of ink.

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Oil Based & Duplicator inks
Types available: Numbering Machine Ink, Check Machine Ink, Postage Meter Ink, Ink for Hand Stencil Duplicators.
Surfaces: Paper, corrugated, cloth, checks, corrugated cartons, absorbent labels, metal.
Drying Time: Sets from immediately to one minute, depending on ink chosen.
Suggested Applications: Numbering & Dating Machines, Check Machines, Postage & Endorsing Machines with Metal Dies only.
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Inks for Marking Fabric
Types available: Laundry Ink, Cloth Marking Ink, Parachute Ink & Water Removable Ink.
Surfaces: Cloth, line and clothing, Cloth labels, Nylon parachute pack cloth & Webbing, nylon & other cloth.
Drying Time: From almost immediately to 20 seconds, depending on ink chosen.
Suggested Applications: Numbering & Dating Machines, Check Machines, Postage & Endorsing Machines with Metal Dies only.
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Inks for Marking Food & Food Packaging
Types available: Meat Branding Ink, Meat Packer & Cheese Marking Ink, Frozen Food Ink, Price Marking Ink, Cellophane & Wax Paper Ink and Styrene Ink.
Surface: Meat, cheese fruit, nuts, eggs and other food products, waxed paper, metal, paper cellophane, plastic, styrofoam egg cartoons, cups, food containers and other types of softer styrene.
Drying time: From Instantaneous to 90 seconds, depending on ink chosen.

Suggested Applications: Depends on choice of ink.
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Invisible inks (Viewed under and ultraviolet light)
"Invisible" inks are those which cannot be seen with the naked eye but fluoresce when viewed under and ultraviolet light. The ones listed are stock inks and are the most commonly requested. Invisible inks for industrial uses are also available and are formulated to meet each specific need and are made to order.
Types available: 6 types of invisible & quick drying invisible.
Surfaces: Skin, Plastic, Electronic Parts, Aluminum, Glossy Paper, Painted Surface, Metal, Hardwood, Paper, Semi-Porous & Non-Porous.
Drying Time: Varies from instant to 2 minutes, depending on ink used.
Suggested Applications: Several to choose from- Natural Rubber Stamp with Felt Pad, Opaque Pad, Roller Coder.
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Epoxy Based & Solvent Resistant Inks
Types available: Two-part Epoxy, One-Part Epoxy, Solvent Resistant Ink, Coolant Resistant Ink, High Temperature Inks.
Surfaces: Ceramics, phenolics, polyesters, melamine, silicones, ferrous&non-ferrous metals, glass, electronic parts, plastic, metal, foil & cellophane.
Drying Time: Varies from 10 seconds to 2-3 hours, depending on ink used.
Suggested Applications: Depends on ink selected, from Natural Rubber Stamp with Mark II, Opaque or Stone Pad. Can also be used with a Natural Rubber Stamp and a Brayer on Ink Plate or Glass. Also Roller Coder, Semi-Flexo Printer, etc.
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Acid Based Inks
Types available: Opaque Stamping Ink, A.X. Acid Based Ink, Indelible Laundry Ink.
Surfaces: Hardwood, tin, sheet metal, painted or damp surfaces, electronic parts, celluloid, other highly glazed non-porous surfaces, cloth, linen and clothing.
Drying Time: From almost immediately to 30 seconds depending on the ink chosen.
Suggested Applications: Natural Rubber Stamp with Mark II, Opaque, Stone, Felt Pad. Felt Stencil Roller or Writing Pen.
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Water Removable Inks: Non-Porous Surfaces
Types available: 3 types available
Surfaces:
Glass, formica, metal, hardwood and most other non-porous surfaces.
Drying Time: From 15 seconds to 4 minutes.
Suggested Applications: Natural Rubber Stamp with Opaque or Felt Pad and  Roller Coder.
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Hand ID Ink
Surfaces: Skin
(usually hands)
Drying Time: 10 - 15 seconds
Suggested Applications: Natural Rubber Hand Stamp with Opaque Pad.
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Lumber Marking Ink
Surfaces:
Lumber and other dry wood, also good for concrete.
Drying time: 2 minutes
Suggested Applications: Natural Rubber Hand Stamp with Opaque Pad or Stencil Roller.
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PLUS many others are also available. 
Just send us an email or fill out the questionnaire for your request.

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