Types of print processes
Water-based, solvent-based and ultraviolet (UV) printing
All Skins® are available in water-based versions designed for waterborne printing equipment which is the most common application method for these systems around the world. Our partners can make use of appropriate cross-linkers to increase chemical or mechanical resistance of the Skins® based coatings.
Some Skins® are available in water-based-UV versions. In this case, physical drying is followed by a UV-curing process to enhance the resistance level of the layer.
Especially for solvent-based flexography and gravure presses, some of the Skins® based effects are available in a solvent-based (ethanol) version. These are for specific applications or where an enhanced drying speed is required.
To complete the portfolio - some Skins® effects are also available as 100% UV or energy-curable systems. These require screen printing to achieve the haptic effect.