Graphic arts

In the graphic arts area, aluminium and gold bronze pigments are used to create metallic effects in a wide variety of end use applications, including artists’ inks, writing inks, felt tip markers, etc. Liquid inks for painting, spraying or immersion demonstrate a crossover to the coatings industry.

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Methoxy propanol (PM) aluminium paste

Special solvent pastes designed for use with specific formulations are available for use in gravure, flexo and screen printing inks. Selection is based on the printing process and drying speed requirements, as well as on the substrate limitations.

D 50 value [µm] Solid content Solvent Application
PM/990 17 65 Methoxypropanol
PM/1190 13 65 Methoxypropanol
PM/1380 10 65 Methoxypropanol
PM/2140 13 65 Methoxypropanol

PP aluminium powders

PP aluminium powders are brilliant leafing aluminium powders for gravure, flexo and screen printing applications.

For improved processing safety, pastes that contain solvents or water-based pastes are also available.

D 50 value [µm] Solid content Application
PP/980 17 100
PP/780 20 100

Aquador®

The Aquador® series includes stabilized water-based pastes in a fineness range of 5–50 µm. They are successfully used in water-based gravure, flexo and screen printing inks.

Colors: Rich gold, rich pale gold and pale gold (other colors by request) Form of delivery: Water pastes

D 50 value [µm] Solid content Solvent Application
Aquador 2210 50 70 water
Aquador 2250 35 70 water
Aquador 2580 20 70 water
Aquador 3050 11.5 70 water
Aquador 4030 8.5 70 water
Aquador 4117 9.5 70 water
Aquador 4270 4 70 water

Aquamet®

Stabilized, non-leafing aluminium water pastes with various particle morphology (both "cornflakes" and "silver dollars") for water-based gravure, flexo and screen printing inks.

D 50 value [µm] Solid content Solvent Application
Aquamet NPW/1700 18 60 water
Aquamet NPW/2900 11 60 water
Aquamet NPW/8500 15 65 water

Aquasilber®

Stabilized, leafing aluminium water pastes for water-based gravure, flexo and screen printing inks with gassing stability.

D 50 value [µm] Solid content Solvent Application
Aquasilber LPW/980 17 65 water
Aquasilber LPW/1180 13 65 water
Aquasilber LPW/1380 10 65 water
Aquasilber LPW/2140 13 65 water

Constant®

Inorganic coated gold bronze pigments that have a significantly higher resistance to temperature and chemicals than the basic pigments in the Luminor® series. They are primarily used in screen printing inks with aggressive formulation components and for high resistance requirements.

Colors: Rich gold, rich pale gold and pale gold (other colors by request) Form of delivery: Powders

D 50 value [µm] Solid content Application
Constant 2210/N 50 100
Constant 2250/N 35 100

Decomet®

Decomet® is the product name for vacuum metalized pigments (VMPs) by SCHLENK. The manufacturing process makes these pigments extremely thin, and in appearance they are extremely smooth and highly reflective when being applied on foils.

Decomet pigments can be used in sheetfed offset, gravure, flexo and screen printing inks. They can achieve effects similar to those produced with metalized substrates and foils, and because they are non-leafing, the effects can also be tinted with color pigments. Special compositions for water-based and UV curable inks complete the range of this highly attractive product range.

D 50 value [µm] Solid content Solvent Application
Decomet 4033/10 11-14 10 butyl glycol
Decomet 4077/10 11-14 10 3-Methoxy-3-methyl-butylglykol (MMB)
Decomet 1050/10 12-15 10 water

Ethyl acetate (ET) gold bronze paste

Special solvent pastes designed for use with specific formulations are available for use in gravure, flexo and screen printing inks. Selection is based on the printing process and drying speed requirements, as well as on the substrate limitations.

D 50 value [µm] Solid content Solvent Application
ET/4117 9.5 88 ethylacetate
ET/4120 8 88 ethylacetate
ET/4160 5 88 ethylacetate
ET/4220 9 88 ethylacetate
ET/4320 9 88 ethylacetate
ET/4330 8 88 ethylacetate
ET/4350 6 88 ethylacetate

Grandal® W

Grandal® W are aluminium granules for water borne systems based on non-leafing aluminium pigments.

D 50 value [µm] Solid content Solvent Application
Grandal W/170 6 80 urea-aldehyde resin
Grandal W/8500 15 80 urea-aldehyde resin
Grandal W/2900 11 80 urea-aldehyde resin
Grandal W/9600 13 80 urea-aldehyde resin
Grandal W/9800 8.5 80 urea-aldehyde resin
Grandal W/8500 15 80 water
Grandal W/9600 13 80 water
Grandal W/9800 8.5 80 water

Grandal®

Grandal® products are aluminium pellets offered by SCHLENK and typically consist of approx. 95% pigment and 5% binder. They allow dust-free processing, are easy to dose and disperse, and can be used in a variety of formulations because unlike pastes they do not contain specific solvents.

Both leafing and non-leafing aluminium pigments are available in this delivery form, along with Grandal W versions for water-based printing inks and in the Grandal 170 for energy curable systems.

D 50 value [µm] Solid content Solvent Application
Grandal 140 13 95 urea-aldehyde resin
Grandal 170 6 95 urea-aldehyde resin
Grandal 2140 13 95 urea-aldehyde resin
Grandal 6900 15 95 urea-aldehyde resin
Grandal 7950/95 6 95 urea aldehyde resin

Luminor®

The relatively coarse types in the Luminor® series (d50 from 20 – 50 µm) are primarily used in the screen printing process and, due to their particle sizes, they produce highly brilliant metallic effects.

Form of delivery: Powder and water-based Aquador compositions in paste form (conventional solvents by request).

D 50 value [µm] Solid content Application
Luminor 2250 35 100

Metaface®

Metaface® aluminium powders that provide high brilliance, good coverage and excellent printability. They are available as powders, water-based pastes or UV pastes.

D 50 value [µm] Solid content Solvent Application
Metaface 2140 13 100 -

Metaprint® FlexoBright aqua

Water-based flexo printing inks available in rich gold, rich pale gold, pale gold, silver and in Pantone colors.

Metaprint® FlexoBright aqua flexo printing inks utilise a selection of high quality pigments that produce excellent metallic effects. The Flexobright aqua series can be used with a large selection of applications and print designs on coated paper and board.

Shade Application
FlexoBright aqua 333-01 Rich Gold
FlexoBright aqua 333-02 Rich Pale Gold
FlexoBright aqua 333-03 Pale Gold
FlexoBright aqua 333-05 Copper
FlexoBright aqua 333-07 Silver
FlexoBright aqua 333-08 Silver n.l.
FlexoBright aqua 333-71 PANTONE® 871 Gold
FlexoBright aqua 333-72 PANTONE® 872 Gold
FlexoBright aqua 333-73 PANTONE® 873 Gold
FlexoBright aqua 333-74 PANTONE® 874 Gold
FlexoBright aqua 333-75 PANTONE® 875 Gold
FlexoBright aqua 333-76 PANTONE® 876 Gold
FlexoBright aqua 333-77 PANTONE® 877 Silver

Metaprint® FlexoFilm aqua

Metaprint® FlexoFilm aqua is a water-based flexo printing ink that is suitable for use on plastic film, e.g. PE or PP, and when good adhesion on a smooth substrate is required.

Shade Application
FlexoFilm aqua 353-01 Rich Gold
FlexoFilm aqua 353-02 Rich Pale Gold
FlexoFilm aqua 353-03 Pale Gold
FlexoFilm aqua 353-05 Copper
FlexoFilm aqua 353-07 Silver
FlexoFilm aqua 353-08 Silver n.l.
FlexoFilm aqua 353-71 PANTONE® 871 Gold
FlexoFilm aqua 353-72 PANTONE® 872 Gold
FlexoFilm aqua 353-73 PANTONE® 873 Gold
FlexoFilm aqua 353-74 PANTONE® 874 Gold
FlexoFilm aqua 353-75 PANTONE® 875 Gold
FlexoFilm aqua 353-76 PANTONE® 876 Gold
FlexoFilm aqua 353-77 PANTONE® 877 Silver

Metaprint® FlexoGloss aqua

Water-based flexo printing inks available in rich gold, rich pale gold, pale gold, silver and in Pantone colors.

With a selection of fine pigments, Metaprint® FlexoGloss flexo printing inks are formulated with small particle size pigments, giving print results with high coverage and gloss. The Flexogloss aqua series can be used in a wide variety of applications and print designs.

Shade Application
FlexoGloss aqua 332-01 Rich Gold
FlexoGloss aqua 332-02 Rich Pale Gold
FlexoGloss aqua 332-03 Pale Gold
FlexoGloss aqua 332-07 Silver
FlexoGloss aqua 332-08 Silver n.l.
FlexoGloss aqua 332-71 PANTONE® 871 Gold
FlexoGloss aqua 332-72 PANTONE® 872 Gold
FlexoGloss aqua 332-73 PANTONE® 873 Gold
FlexoGloss aqua 332-74 PANTONE® 874 Gold
FlexoGloss aqua 332-75 PANTONE® 875 Gold
FlexoGloss aqua 332-76 PANTONE® 876 Gold
FlexoGloss aqua 332-77 PANTONE® 877 Silver

Metaprint® RotoBright

Metaprint® RotoBright is a solvent-based gravure printing ink based on non-leafing, silver dollar pigments.

The RotoBright series delivers excellent metallic effects on coating paper, cardboard and labels.

Shade Application
RotoBright 503-07 Silver
RotoBright 503-17 Silver
RotoBright 503-27 Silver

Metaprint® RotoBright aqua

Metaprint® RotoBright aqua is a water-based gravure printing ink based on non-leafing, silver dollar pigments.

Shade Application
RotoBright aqua 533-01 Rich Gold
RotoBright aqua 533-02 Rich Pale Gold
RotoBright aqua 533-03 Pale Gold
RotoBright aqua 533-07 Silver

Metaprint® RotoLux

Metaprint® RotoLux is a solvent- based gravure printing ink based on DECOMET®. RotoLux printing inks produce a highly reflective appearance.

The best results can be achieved on high gloss paper and smooth plastic substrates. A mixture of colorants can be use to produce polychromatic colors.

Shade Application
RotoLux 505-09 Silver
RotoLux 505-19 Silver
RotoLux 505-29 Silver
RotoLux 505-39 Silver

Reflex®

Particularly coarse pigments with a particle size (d50) of > 50 µm that produce highly brilliant effects in a bronzing process.

Colors: Rich gold, rich pale gold and pale gold (other colors by request). Form of delivery: Powders

D 50 value [µm] Application
Reflex 1130 42
Reflex 1140 42
Reflex 1150 42
Reflex 1540 50
Reflex 1711 65

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