Latex Ink Printing vs Solvent Printing

By PRI Graphics | Print FAQ's

Mar 03

What is latex ink printing?

As the successor to solvent-based technology, latex ink printing has wider applications, offering quicker turnaround times and superior quality output.

Latex ink printing also has no lengthy curing requirements so the profit potential is greater. The colors are solid, the consistency outstanding, and latex printing does a spectacular job of printing on an assortment of coated or uncoated substrates and media.

How Does Latex Printing Work?

Much like desktop inkjet printers, latex ink printers use print heads to distribute water-based inks on paper or other media. In the case of latex ink printing, the latex acts as a carrier for the color pigments.

Because heaters dry the latex as it comes off the printer, the output can be rolled or applied (in the case of vehicle decals) immediately after printing. The finished printed product is durable, long-lasting, and eco-friendly.

What Can You Do Latex Printing On?

Aside from the stunning output, latex printing can be done on a variety of unique printing materials including:

  • Backlit Translucent Vinyl
  • Custom Wallpaper Substrates
  • Heavy Poster
  • Mesh Vinyl for fence wraps
  • Opaque Vinyl with Adhesive
  • Perforated See-Thru Vinyl
  • Repositionable Photo Text Material
  • Vinyl Banner

Latex Printing Options

Large format latex ink printing is ideal for wide-format projects and provides a flexible medium on which to unleash many creative ideas. Some suggestions for how you might utilize this versatile style of large format printing include:

  • Banners
  • Backlit Graphics
  • Drawings
  • Fabrics
  • Fence Wraps
  • Flags
  • Garage Doors
  • Stickers
  • Store Fronts
  • Textiles
  • Trade Show Signage
  • Vehicle Wraps
  • Wall Murals
  • Wallpaper
  • Window Graphics
  • Window Promotions

Almost anything can be printed up to 10’ wide, and as long as the roll of material permits. Whether you are creating temporary displays or permanent fixtures in your home or office, consider using latex ink printing for your projects.

If you have any questions regarding latex printing, contact PRI Graphics online or call toll free today at 1-800-330-8782. Or, email us and tell us your latex ink printing ideas.

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The print professionals at PRI Graphics in Phoenix and Mesa Arizona regularly write about digital printing, large format printing, CAD printing, and other custom printing services. Contact us or check back often for new ideas on how our Phoenix printing company can help show off your business!

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