The Right Emulsion for your Application

Glass and ceramic screen printing inks are classified into Organic and Inorganic inks.

Organic inks: Two-part Inks and UV Inks

- UV inks cure rapidly, multiple colors possible (halftones)
- Typically less durable, not preferred for extreme abrasion or chemical resistance

Inorganic/Ceramic inks: Glazes and Thermoplastic Inks

- Contains pigments, glass frit, or metallic particles (for conductive applications)
- Requires high temperature “firing” to fuse them to the glass/ceramic surface
- Very durable, excellent abrasion and chemical resistance

Both organic and inorganic inks can be printed directly on the substrate, or applied to the substrate later using transfer decals. Use the table (right) to select the appropriate Chromaline emulsion for your glass or ceramic application.

Glass & Ceramic Emulsion Selection Chart

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Ink Application Type Direct Emulsion Capillary Film
Organic Inks Two-part For use with indoor decoration of glass and ceramics (glass panes, bottles, tiles) Solvent
UV For use with flat glass for indoors, cold-end coated packaging glass (drinking bottles), cosmetic bottles, restaurant glass (drinking glasses, ashtrays, vases) UV
Inorganic Inks Glazes/ Ceramic Inks For printing on single/multi-trip bottles, cosmetic/perfume bottles, tumblers/tableware, borosilicate glass (laboratory and cooking glass) Solvent
Thermo-plastic
Silver Paste Automotive heated rear windows, antennas, wiper heating, ceramic cook tops Solvent

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