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Printcolor 784

Series 784 Pad Printing Ink

Printcolor 784 is a two component, high opacity, wear resistant, universal pad printing ink for a wide range of plastics and metals.

Upgrade to Printcolor high performance inks; change to Series 784 if you are using Marabu TPP or TPY, Rucco T-70.

The official technical stuff from Printcolor
Series 784 has become a very popular two component ink with commercial pad printers around Australia because of its high opacity, excellent colour matching, glossy finish and trouble-free printing.  Printcolor 784 is suitable for an extraordinarily wide range of substrates including (but not limited to); rigid PVC, acrylics, polycarbonate, pre-treated polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP), ABS and SAN, many lacquered and coated surfaces, nylon, as well as chrome, metals, aluminium (raw, anodized and brushed), compound materials such as Alucobond, Dibond and Vekaplan AL, wood and other natural substances.  Refer to the Technical Information and Series 784 MSDS documents for more details.

What we say about Printcolor 784
Printcolor 784 is a very easy to use ink system.  It is reasonably fast curing for easy work-flow, has a good long pot life, and is easy to keep running in open well or ink cup machines without much maintenance.  The 13 base colours are very high in pigment.  This gives outstanding print opacity, vibrant colour and good PMS matching making it an excellent ink for printers servicing the advertising and promotional markets where corporate colour accuracy and consistency is so important.   Printcolor 784 was designed for demanding industrial applications in the automotive industry, formulated to achieve a very tough cured ink layer with extremely high chemical and abrasion resistance and UV stability.  Series 784 is compatible with several Printcolor hardeners and additives so you can further tailor the performance of your print to meet the demands and conditions of your particular application.

We’ve seen 784 used in many demanding applications; external car badges and dashboard buttons, outdoor scientific test tags, yearly race passes, control boards and cosmetic containers and it’s never failed to perform long term.  We use 784 every day and have no hesitation recommending it as a good all-rounder for tradies, or as part of a highly tailored ink system for extreme industrial applications.

Hardener: addition ratio of 4:1 700-HDa hardener or 700-HDi hardener
Thinner: 700-017 thinner – addition ratio 10 – 15% by weight for open well
Thinner: 700-019 thinner – addition ratio 10 – 15% by weight for closed cup
Retarder: 700-018 thinner – addition ratio 10 – 15% by weight

The good oil from our trade print room

  • A super user-friendly ink that’s gives a consistent quality print even over long print runs.  It’salways on our shelf.
  • An ink we instinctively reach for when printing long life consumer products and industrial components because of the high wear and chemical resistance of the print.
  • 784 runs so well in ink cup and open well machines and, being a medium speed ink, doesn’t require a lot of thinners maintenance during a print run, nor is it prone to  spider-webbing problems like most fast-drying inks.
  • Excellent pot life.  Officially 6-8 hours depending on ambient conditions, but we have run over 10 hours in an open ink-well press without too much bother.
  • It’s inherent stability makes it good for multi colour work as it’s easier to keep the first and last colours printing well without having to fine tune each station with faster or slower thinner.
  • Printcolor 784 also has excellent transfer qualities and will print images containing both fine detail and large areas of solid ink with relative ease.

Mixing recipes available in the Printcolor Colour Mix Calculator – here



Printcolor 752 pad printing ink

Series 752 Pad Printing Ink

Printcolor 752 is a one or two component, fast drying ink for printing various plastics and metals.

Upgrade to Printcolor high performance inks; change to Series 752 if you are using Marabu TPT or TPY, Rucco T18 or Coates TP300.

The official technical stuff from Printcolor
Series 752 is a highly opaque, semi-gloss, easy to use ink system.  It is formulated to achieve excellent adhesion on the widest possible range of plastics commonly used in advertising (promotional, toys etc) and industrial (automotive, pharmaceutics, cosmetics etc) applications.  The highly wear-resistant resins used in 752 make it an excellent choice when printing for demanding, long-term outdoor applications such as car parts or outdoor fittings.  Series 752 has Class VI Certification for application on medical and surgical components; download the Technical Information for more details.

Printcolor 752 gives exceptional results on most plastics including (but not limited to); soft and rigid PVC, some acrylics and polystyrenes (ABS, SAN), polycarbonate, pre-treated polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP), many lacquered and coated surfaces, nylon and melamine.

Series 752 can, with the addition of adhesion promotor 700-PP, also be used on un-treated PP with excellent results.  Printcolor 752 is also a great ink to print metals such as; aluminium (raw, anodized, brushed), compound materials such as Alucobond, Dibond and Vekaplan AL, wood and other natural substances.  Series 752 is increasingly popular in Australia and New Zealand, proving itself to be a very good all-rounder for commercial pad printers.  Refer to the Technical Information and Series 752 MSDS documents for more details.

What we say about Printcolor 752
Series 752 is a great work-horse for jobbing pad printers because it has such a wide adhesion range on common plastics, and it does a great job on aluminium surfaces too.  We use 752 for a lot of cosmetic and automotive component printing because of it’s high chemical and wear resistance, and excellent UV stability.  752 is a very stable ink in the press that rarely gives transfer issues, it will print for you all day long even if you’ve loaded it up with hardener.  We find 752 a great ink for multi colour work as it mixes well with thinners of different speeds, giving excellent control of ink transfer across all of the printing heads.

Hardener: addition ratio of 10:1 and up to 5:1  700-HDa hardener or 700-HDi hardener
Thinner: 700-017 thinner – addition ratio 10 – 15% by weight for open well
Thinner: 700-019 thinner – addition ratio 10 – 15% by weight for closed cup
Retarder: 700-018 thinner – addition ratio 10 – 15% by weight

The good oil from our trade print room

  • Printcolor 752 is a mainstay in our printroom. Easy printing and fast drying.  We commonly use it with a heat tunnel (especially for pens) as the printed product can fall into a box at the end of the tunnel without fear of print damage or set off.
  • 752 can be used as a one component ink (without hardener) on many plastics, although we tend to add 10:1 700-HDI hardener to ensure a harder wearing print.  You can also substantially increase the adhesion range of the ink by adding 5:1 HDi or HDa hardener, making it stick to more varieties of plastics.
  • We never fiddle with fast and slow thinners in 752, 700-017 medium thinners is all we ever use in it.
  • Absolutely the best ink for anodised aluminium and spun stainless steel such as that used for stainless travel mugs and water bottles.  Mix with 700-HDi or HDa hardener at 5:1 for this application.
  • As with all fast ink systems static spiderwebs around the point of the pad can sometimes be an issue, especially if your plate is a bit deep.  We’ve found this to be easily fixed by not allowing the ink to get too thick, using a steeper pad shape, or just moving the image away from the point of the pad a little.  Our new Anit-static Blue printing pads have proven to reduce the prevalence of static on all our high speed inks and 752 is no exception.
  • Screen printing with 752 is no worries either, but you may need to use a bit of retarder such as 10-03432 universal slow retarder to keep the screen open.
  • Excellent adhesion on flame treated PP and PE where fast drying for rapid packing and print turnaround is required.
  • Can be used on untreated PP by adding 20% 700-PP Adhesion Promoter plus HDa or HDi hardener at 5:1.  Printcolor 752 gives a much better result than Series 711 used this way, in fact we would go so far as to say that it’s a convenient alternative to using a dedicated PP ink like Series 712.  A very useful feature that can get you out of trouble if you don’t have a can of 712 on the shelf, and product pre-treatment isn’t an option.

Mixing recipes available in the Printcolor Colour Mix Calculator – here



Printcolor Series 747

Series 747 UV Pad Printing Ink

Printcolor 747 is a one component UV cured pad printing ink for most plastics, metals, glass and coated surfaces.

The official technical stuff from Printcolor
Series 747 combines the super-gloss finish, fast curing time and extremely high chemical and abrasion resistance of UV-cured inks with the vivid colour and coverage Printcolor pad printing inks are known for.  Designed for functional printing on bulk manufactured products such as cosmetic packaging, toys, medical and pharmaceutical devices, automotive parts and other industrial applications requiring high chemical and abrasion resistance.  Printcolor 747 instant curing and almost universal adhesion range makes it an excellent choice for commercial and promotional product printers where print-to-pack deadlines are frequently squeezed.  Series 747 is suited to a wide range of plastics including pre-treated Polypropylene and Polyethylene, most most plastic and coated substrates, and most metal surfaces.  Series 747 has Class VI Certification for application on medical and surgical components; download the Technical Information for more details.

Find out about our great range of UV Curing Units.  Everything from small desktop conveyors to integrated industrial systems, these quality, German made units are the perfect partner for Printcolor UV inks.  Refer to the Technical Information and Series 747 MSDS documents for more details.

What we say about Printcolor 747
It’s a real luxury for a commercial printer to have a product fall straight into a shipping box at the end of the press and send it off that afternoon with complete confidence the print will arrive undamaged and look great for the life of the product.  What’s more, customers love the super high gloss finish that only UV inks can give, making 747 an excellent ink for retail packaging and lifestyle products.

Thinner: 700-019 thinner – addition ratio 15 – 20% by weight for closed cup
Accelerator: 700-041 – addition ratio 15 – 20% by weight for closed cup
Retarder: 700-017 thinner – addition ratio 15 – 20% by weight

The good oil from our trade print room

  • Printcolor 747 is super easy to use in ink cup and even open ink well machines shielded from daylight.
  • If you run out of the good stuff, 747 can be used with standard pad printing thinner.
  • Ideal for on-line printing on high speed manufacturing or plastic moulding lines.
  • A real time saver for commercial and promotional printers who wish to print and re-pack immediately.
  • Ink adhesion and wear resistance is unbelievably good, even on the finest printed details.

Mixing recipes available in the Printcolor Colour Mix Calculator – here



Printcolor Series 711

Series 711 Pad Printing Ink

Printcolor 711 pad printing ink is a one or two component, quick drying ink for printing most plastics.

Upgrade to Printcolor high quality inks; change to Series 711 if you are using Marabu TPR, Rucco T45 or Coates TP272

The official technical stuff from Printcolor
Series 711 is a universal pad printing ink popular for its fast drying/curing and for its versatility as a single component ink.  Series 711 is a highly opaque, semi gloss pad printing ink formulated from highly chemical and abrasion resistant synthetic resins making it suitable for demanding indoor and outdoor print uses.  It is well suited to industrial applications such as the automotive and electronic components, medical and pharmaceutical products, as well as decorative printing on toys and promotional products.  Series 711 has Class VI Certification for application on medical and surgical components; download the Technical Information for more details.

Series 711 is particularly suited to printing PVC, polycarbonate, ABS, SAN and acrylic.  Series 711 gives excellent adhesion on a wide range of moulded and duro-plastics, as well as many coated, paper and cardboard products.  Adhesion can be achieved on even more substrates just by adding a small amount of Printcolor 700-HDi hardener.  For more information consult the Technical Information document.  Printcolor  711 is widely used by promotional product printers who love the economy of a reliable single component ink.  Refer to the Technical Information and Series 711 MSDS documents for more details.

What we say about Printcolor Series 711
711 is a great ink for many applications, but for us it’s the stand out performer when printing PVC and polycarbonate.  Printcolor 711 will give you exceptional print quality and almost instant adhesion on PVC items like keytags.  It’s also superbly suited to polycarbonate items like drink cups, giving fantastic print opacity on clear products without the tendency to craze the plastic surface like some aggressive inks can.  A really useful ink for the promotional printer, and in the right industrial applications no other manufacturer of ink has an ink that will perform as well. 

Hardener: addition ratio of 10:1 700-HDi hardener for demanding applications
Thinner: 700-017 thinner – addition ratio 10 – 15% by weight for open well
Thinner: 700-019 thinner – addition ratio 10 – 15% by weight for closed cup
Retarder: 700-018 medium retarder – addition ratio 10 – 15% by weight

The good oil from our trade print room

  • Sticks to lots of plastics. Rule of thumb; if thinners melts the substrate then 711 one component ink will be fine.
  • Adhesion on many plastics can be enhanced by adding 10% 700-HDi or 700-HDa hardener.
  • If nothing else is available and you can’t pre-treat, 711 may be used with 20% 700-HDa and 20% 700-PP on untreated polypropylene.
  • Don’t use it on metals or coated materials – other Printcolor inks are more suited to these substrates.
  • Very fast drying, a heat tunnel will allow immediate handling of the printed product.
  • As with with all high speed inks a deep plate is likely to cause static spiderwebbing.
  • Don’t run it to thick, you are more likely to get spiderwebs if you do.
  • Absolutely the best ink for plasticised PVC such as that found on compendiums or “soft touch” key tags.
  • Available in a special super high density white (order code: 711-00/179) that gives incredible whites which I have never seen achieved by an ink from any other manufacturer.
  • Yes you can screen print it, you might need some slow retarder to keep the screen open.

Mixing recipes available in the Printcolor Colour Mix Calculator – here



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