Skip to content

Feb 19, 2018

Inkjet Ink Options for Printing on Glass

A message in a glass bottle

On a deserted island far away, the only solution for a shipwrecked sailor was to put a message into a bottle in the hope of summoning a rescuer.

Explore the inks available for TIJ, Piezo, and CIJ printing systems

Inks

Today, messages can be put onto bottles and other glass surfaces using inkjet printing.

Anyone who has tried to write on a glass surface knows it’s no easy task. Pencil, pen, felt-tip marker, and many other methods simply don’t work.

Thankfully, various methods for printing stunning designs on glass are now using inkjet technology.

Digital printing on glass UV-Curable or LED-Curable Inks

examples of different bottle Kao can print on

Glass bottles can easily be printed utilizing UV inkjet printing technology.

This often-used method involves applying a primer coating on the glass surface. Most inks on the market, including inks from Kao Collins, will adhere to the glass with a primer base coat. This method is a viable solution for companies printing on various substrates that don’t want to change out inks in the printers.

Whether ink or paint, chemists prefer the certainty of using primers. But that’s not the case at Kao Collins.

Read More: Inkjet Printing on Ceramics

A solution that doesn’t need a primer is the “holy grail” of inkjet printing on glass. Kao Collins developed a unique ink that doesn’t require a primer. Their ink, used in piezo print systems, is a formulation for ultraviolet (UV) ink cured with a mercury arc lamp.

The Kao Collins proprietary UV ink reacts to a broader spectrum of light than inks requiring LED lamps for curing. This wider spectrum gives the chemist more flexibility in choosing photoinitiators that work to harden the ink under the light without a primer base.

The ink can cure beyond its exposure to the mercury arc light. Once the molecules in the ink are excited under the light, they continue reacting — and hardening.

Choose the glass printing solution that works best for you

The ink that you ultimately decide to use is a business decision. Using inks without primers makes sense for printers who can readily dedicate a digital printer using  UV-curable ink  of LED-curable ink.

See Inks for Beverage Packaging
Get Started

As with paper, or many other printing surfaces, all glass is not the same. Moreover, one side of the glass surface is best for printing. For that reason, it’s important to work closely with the Kao Collins team to ensure that you get the best results.

Printing on glass is becoming increasingly popular. It brings a higher design aesthetic than an adhesive product. Glass signs and wall-size room dividers, for example, can be printed on large-format inkjet printers.

The Next Big Thing in Inkjet: Printing Water-Based LUNAJET Ink on Flexible Film

Whether you’re using the primer and ink solution for printing on glass or Kao Collins’ proprietary UV ink, the process is more cost-effective than screen printing and many other methods.

Contact Kao Collins to discuss custom inkjet ink formulations.

Kao Collins produces inkjet inks for these printheads: Dimatix, Funai, HP, Kodak, Konica Minolta, Kyocera, Ricoh, SII Printek, and Xaar.

Needs Help Finding the Right Ink?

Contact Our Experts
kao collins ink tank 2023 printing trends

Regulations Driving 3 Industrial Inkjet Ink Trends in 2023

Learn More about Regulations Driving 3 Industrial Inkjet Ink Trends in 2023
burgers and fries packaged in pfas treated packaging

Eliminating PFAS in Food Packaging Takes on Greater Urgency

Learn More about Eliminating PFAS in Food Packaging Takes on Greater Urgency

2023 Trend: Lawmakers Targeting the Textile Industry

Learn More about 2023 Trend: Lawmakers Targeting the Textile Industry
abstract QR code. 3d image

2023 Trend: Quality 2D Codes Needed for Final Leg of FDA’s DSCSA

Learn More about 2023 Trend: Quality 2D Codes Needed for Final Leg of FDA’s DSCSA
inkjet waveform illustration

How to Optimize Waveforms for Optimal Printing Performance

Learn More about How to Optimize Waveforms for Optimal Printing Performance
Ink Durability On Labels

How to do Ink Adhesion and Abrasion Testing

Learn More about How to do Ink Adhesion and Abrasion Testing

Get top insight and news
from our ink experts.

Subscribe to our mailing list

Need Help Finding the
Right Ink?

Contact Our Experts