Solvent Inks belong to a group which is generally described as any ink that is not water-based.
"Eco-Solvent" inks usually contain glycol esters or glycol ether esters. The resulting prints are waterproof and are often used to print directly on vinyl and signage products. The newer print models such as the Epson Eco Solvent range are able to print on a broader range of substrates including Canvas Media making them a much more attractive proposition than earlier models.
The solvents soften the base material and allow the ink pigments to mechanically latch on to the chemically etched surface. Certain ink manufacturers have different bite based on what solvent carriers they use. Which is what makes solvent ink prints more durable than aqueous inks.
There are various levels of solvent ink ranging from "True or Full Solvent" to "Medium/Mild Solvent" all the way down to "Eco-Solvent". The fume and odour levels decrease accordingly, so does the surface etch of the base material. Most Eco-Solvents, including the Epson range supplied by Tetenal, can be used in an office environment with minimal or tolerable odor levels.
At Tetenal we only stock genuine inks. Using replacement inks or adapting your printer to take bulk feed inks can affect the quality of your prints and in addition, affect your printer warranty should something go wrong.
Our solvent printer brand is exclusively Epson, the leaders and innovators in inkjet technology.
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