Ink Selector

Ink Selector - Helping you pick the right ink for your surface



Standard Paper (absorbent)

Standard paper is probably the easiest surface to stamp. The ink dries once absorbed. Different types/grades of paper have different absorbency levels, therefore results can vary.

All of our ready-inked Self-inking and Pre-inked Stamps will work on standard paper. Our Ink Pads for use with Traditional Rubber Stamps will work OK too.

Drying time can vary between 5 to 20 seconds (depending on the paper absorbency).




Glossy Paper

Glossy Paper has a coating that prevents most or all of the ink from being absorbed. So whilst a water-based ink may partial dry after a few hours, it’s unlikely to completely dry.

Therefore, you will require a solvent-based ink. If the paper has some level of absorbency the ink will dry faster, but even the glossiest of papers can be stamped!

Suggested inks:

  • X2 – for use with Traditional Rubber Stamps when used with a DRY FELT ink pad. Drying time: 2-3 minutes.
  • 007 – for use with Self-inking Stamps (fitted with a DRY FELT ink pad).  Drying time: 2-5 minutes. Technically this isn’t a solvent-based ink. However, its special pigment formula means it behaves similarly to solvent-based inks.
  • P191 – for use with Self-inking Stamps (fitted with a DRY FELT ink pad).  Drying time: 2-3 minutes
  • P196 - for use with Self-inking Stamps (fitted with a DRY FELT ink pad).  Drying time: 10-20 seconds.

All of these inks are available with a reactivating solvent. This is used to reactivate ink that has dried on the stamp pad. See our YouTube video: https://youtu.be/D9T_StGfIRY




Plastic

Plastic will require solvent-based ink. Depending on the type of plastic we have several options.

Suggested inks:

  • X2 – for use with Traditional Rubber Stamps when used with a DRY FELT ink pad. Drying time: 2-3 minutes.
  • 007 – for use with Self-inking Stamps (fitted with a DRY FELT ink pad).  Drying time: 2-5 minutes. NB. Technically this isn’t a solvent-based ink. However, its special pigment formula means it behaves similarly to solvent-based inks.
  • P191 – for use with Self-inking Stamps (fitted with a DRY FELT ink pad).  Drying time: 2-3 minutes. NOT suitable for PE or PP plastics 
  • P196 - for use with Self-inking Stamps (fitted with a DRY FELT ink pad).  Drying time: 10-20 seconds.

All of these inks are available with a reactivating solvent. This is used to reactivate ink that has dried on the stamp pad. See our YouTube video: https://youtu.be/D9T_StGfIRY




Metal

Metal will require a solvent-based ink.

Suggested inks:

  • X2 – for use with Traditional Rubber Stamps when used with a DRY FELT ink pad. Drying time: 2-3 minutes.
  • 007 – for use with Self-inking Stamps (fitted with a DRY FELT ink pad).  Drying time: 2-5 minutes. NB. Technically this isn’t a solvent-based ink. However, its special pigment formula means it behaves similarly to solvent-based inks.
  • P191 – for use with Self-inking Stamps (fitted with a DRY FELT ink pad).  Drying time: 2-3 minutes 
  • P196 - for use with Self-inking Stamps (fitted with a DRY FELT ink pad).  Drying time: 10-20 seconds 

All of these inks are available with a reactivating solvent. This is used to reactivate ink that has dried on the stamp pad. See our YouTube video: https://youtu.be/D9T_StGfIRY




Glass

Glass will require a solvent-based ink.

Suggested ink:

  • P196 - for use with Self-inking Stamps (fitted with a DRY FELT ink pad).  Drying time: 10-20 seconds.

General Information

All of the solvent-based inks (and the 007) are available with a reactivating solvent. This is used to reactivate ink that has dried on the stamp pad. See our YouTube video: https://youtu.be/D9T_StGfIRY

For best results always ensure the stamping surface is clean and dry before stamping.

TOP TIP If the impressions are too “wet” or taking too long to dry, you can gentle dap the surface of the ink pad to remove any excess.

 If you're unsure which ink will suit your application best, please post us a sample of the material/component and we'll get in touch with our results.