Advantages and disadvantages of water-based inks

Advantages and disadvantages of water-based inks

Water-based inks are used to print color labels and stickers. They are characterized by affordable prices and good characteristics. It is worth getting to know more about water-based inks before you buy them.

Features of Water-based Inks

In inkjet printing, water-based inks are often used. This is an aqueous solution of organic substances, with the help of which you can achieve increased realism in the transfer of shades. This effect is particularly noticeable when printing on glossy paper. At the same time there is a wide coverage of the color range. Therefore this kind of inks is recommended to create high quality labels designed to produce a vivid effect on the consumer.

Water-based ink is available in small containers with a narrowed spout and also sold in jars with a wide neck. The second option is the most convenient and practical for constant use.

Advantages of water-based ink

  • Compatibility with many modern inkjet printers;
  • acquisition of high quality photographs;
  • testing of all batches before release
  • excellent absorption into deep layers of print paper;
  • low cost

water-based ink is a good alternative to the ink used in the original cartridge. At the same time there is practically no difference in color.

Compared to other types of ink, water-based ink has a long life. At the same time, the ink dries more slowly in the cartridge. With Water-based Ink, you don’t have to deal with regular cleaning of label printing machines. If soiled, it is sufficient to rinse the nozzles for further use.


With good quality, availability of purchase, water-based ink still has some disadvantages. This is due to the ambiguous characteristics of water-based inks.

Insufficient resistance to water, ultraviolet rays. Because of these disadvantages, such inks can not print promotional materials, leaflets for distribution on the street. Under the influence of sunlight the picture is burned out, and in contact with water the picture is smeared.

It cannot be used for double-sided printing on a thin sheet of paper. Printing inks are capable of being absorbed into deep layers of paper, so prints may remain on the other side of the sheet.

The above disadvantages of water-based inks can be called conditional, because they do not play an important role for all consumers. In addition, manufacturers are constantly improving the materials for printing, applying new technologies and improving the characteristics of the ink in terms of moisture resistance, UV resistance, brightness and other indicators.