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Mimaki type of ink

Discussion in 'Mimaki' started by Andrea febrian, Jan 29, 2017.

  1. Andrea febrian

    Andrea febrian New Member

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    hi guys i'm new here, i want to buy mimaki JV150, but i get confuse with the ink types, can you explain to what is the differences between these type of ink?
    -SS21
    -ES3
    -BS3
    -BS4

    Thank you :)
     
  2. dale911

    dale911 President

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    What do you plan to use the printer for? That will dictate what type of ink you should run in it. Generally, I would say the ss21 for regular sign work.


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  3. Andrea febrian

    Andrea febrian New Member

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    Mostly i'm going to use it for photography printing, poster and wallpaper.

    The dealer recommend BS4 ink, but when i ask for other type of ink, they seems not quite understand the differences.
     
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    Solventinkjet Printer Fixers

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    SS21 - Most Common Ink Type, Used For Making Outdoor Durable Signage, Good Scratch Resistance, Mild Solvent Based

    ES3 - Less Common, Less Outdoor Durability, Less Scratch Resistance, More Environmentally Friendly, Used For Making Outdoor Signage but Lamination is recommended, Light Solvent Based

    BS3 & BS4 - Mysterious solvent based ink that doesn't get sold in America. I know nothing of this ink other than it is a solvent based one.


    You may want to check into a brand that is more known for photography and fine art prints. Solvent based inks are made for durability and do not have the same color gamut and quality as water based pigmented ink that you should be using for photography type stuff. Mimaki is a great brand but this is not their specialty. Epson, Cannon and HP are the brands I see most when it comes to photography.
     
  5. Andrea febrian

    Andrea febrian New Member

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    Thank you for your info.. really help me a lot.. and also in the future i will also invest on brand like Epson, canon or HP.
    i also aware of solvent ink that its color quality and detail are below water based pigmented ink, but for now , because financial issue, i'll stick for mimaki, because it can handle 50:50 job for both indoor and outdoor print.
     
  6. MikePro

    MikePro Major Contributor

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    ecosolvent ink is garbage. I mean, it works, BUT you're limiting yourself to materials available to print on.
     
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  7. Andrea febrian

    Andrea febrian New Member

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    Can you explain what do you mean by garbage?
    What kind of printers do u use? And also what is your suggestion?
     
  8. dale911

    dale911 President

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    I'm not sure what he is talking about. I run latex and eco-solvent and both have good and bad qualities but they both produce fantastic prints that are good for indoor and outdoor. I also have a UV printer that is broke more than it is operational and the print quality is decent but slow and can't be used on surfaces that have any stretch or much contour. There are a lot of options out there and each type tends to have a niche market that works well for it. To say it's garbage without backing up that statement is a waste of time.


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