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The following is from a brief reading of literature today. Someone else more knowledgeable than I will hopefully post.Does it mean that lucia pro ink is oil-based ink?
Most printer ink is made of what is a base of linseed or soybean oil, or a heavy petroleum distillate used as the solvent. This is then combined with pigments to create ink that is designed to dry by evaporation. This base is often referred to as varnish.
Thank you very much for the technical documentation! The harder removal of lucia pro ink is probably related to the use of more resin materials.The following is from a brief reading of literature today. Someone else more knowledgeable than I will hopefully post.
Ink may have several functional components:
The MSDS for a Lucia PGI-72 does not list an "oil" as the carrier. The carrier appears to be water.
- Colorant - Dye or Pigment particles
- Carrier - Liquid that carries the colorant
- Binder -Fixes the colorant to the media
- Additives - promote or create various effects (see here)
Pigment inks use a resin (coating on the pigment particles?) to act as a binder of the pigment particle to the paper. Resins may be Alkyd in nature and derived from a process using oil, no oil, and various amounts of oil.
Typical inkjet printers used in the home use Aqueous- or water-based inks whether they use Dye or Pigment as colorants. Water is the carrier of the colorant. Oil-based inks may be used in printers, including certain inkjets, designed for printing on various media but are usually not standard usage for home printers, for example offset printers and printing on vinyl, glass, textiles.
However, confusing the issue is the following statement from 123ink about "What Is Printer Ink Made Of?"
Several years ago the forum briefly discussed this issue:
FYI - In the ink manufacturing community a "solvent" is something other than water used as the liquid carrier of the dye/pigment colorant, such as an oil or oil-based liquid. Chemically, though, water is considered a solvent. Also, there appears to be inkjet printers that use oil-based inks such as the Epson T7000. However, this is not your typical home printer.