Users Instructions ImagOn Ultra photopolymer films

25. Degreasing an inked plate

One of the reasons I recommend the use of the Akua Color water-based intaglio ink (in stock Polymetaal) is that there is really no need to degrease the plate. This ink not only is extremely comparable with all oil based intaglio inks in quality and appearance it is far easier to wipe and to print the plate. Most plates can be inked up in at least one third of the time it would normally take to print using conventional oil based inks.

If oil base intaglio inks are used this ink can be cleaned up with cheap cooking oil. Further degreasing can be done with a magnesium carbonate solution.