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Printing on ceramic tile _ with UV cured ink- sealing surface?

Discussion in 'Digital Printing' started by Tim Kingston, Jul 23, 2012.

  1. Tim Kingston

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    I was thinking about experimenting with printing to ceramic tile with our Agfa M4f and am asking for advice. If anyone does this type of printing with a UV printer, do you use some kind of sealant post printing? I don't intend for the product to used on the floor but would expect that I would need to protect the surface somewhat. Can I use clear coat type of spray or is there a danger in the solvent etc. attacking the print? Or do you not use any type of sealant. Thanks, Tim.
     
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  2. Atomic DNA

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    Most decorative applications are generally done with dye sub. If printed, I would use some type of automotive clear (2k). A flattening agent could be mixed in with the clear to keep an eggshell/matte appearance.
     
  3. rubo

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    little bit OT, but still...I print on ceramic tiles w water based inks and my post is powder coating - don't know what will happen to UV inks but it's worth a shot...I think. Good luck!
     
  4. TwoNine

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    Print them just as you would anything, and if you want/need a clear (which you don't need) - I'd just spray them with clear paint, varnish, anything you feel like - we've even rolled them afterward with polycrylic and had some okay results....
     
  5. Tim Kingston

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    Ok, thanks. I'll give it a try.
     
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