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Litho ink "Van Son Rubber Base Plus". Also applicable for block print.
Cans 1 kg , 2.2 lb

The Van Son Rubber Base Plus ink has always been the most used ink on "small offset". It is an economical ink because it can be used on the press for days, without wash-ups. It is not necessary anymore to clean the press every day. The ink will not dry in the pot. Traditional oil based inks will normally dry out on the press within a few hours. The drying of these rubber bae inks also depends upon the paper. Rubber base inks dry through "absorption". If a paper does not absorb ink very well (full-sized paper (internally+surface sized) or coated paper, this ink will never dry well. It is therefore adviable to use waterleaf paper (no sizing) or half sized paper (also known as engine sized, internally sized).
Traditional oil based inks dry by absorption and by oxidation or evaporation, and these inks can be used on coated paper.
For offset printers: A press-ready small offset press printing ink known for its easy working properties. Sets and dries very fast on uncoated papers making it the ideal ink for quick back-ups, cutting or folding. Economical because it produces more copies, stays open on the press and does not skin in the can. Rubber Base Plus runs extremely well on small to mid-sized presses with both integrated and conventional dampening systems. It is compatible with all plate systems especially metal and electrostatic. It is not intended for use on coated or hard surfaced stocks without the addition of driers. In addition to its ease of use, Rubber Base Plus is also excellent for thermography, forms, envelopes and letter-press applications where it performs perfectly.

We have many colours in stock (see further down on this page), but Van Son can make any colour for you, as long as it is a Pantone colour....
Minimum quantity per colour is a 1 kg can
These custom made inks cannot be put into your shopping basket. Just send us an e-mail with the Pantone colour code(s) and the quantities.
Price per kg (all Pantone colours) Euro 56,00 excl. BTW

All Pantone colours are displayed in the following fifteen pages.
Please note, the Pantone system is only a colour sytem, it does not say anything about the composition and the properties of the ink.

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An ink for "small-offset" must be easy to work with. Besides use in commercial printing shops, this ink is also very much appreciated by printmakers, both for block print and lithography.

Instructions how to use: Transparent White, Mixing White and Opaque White

The "standard" colour inks, like: red, yellow, blue, purple, green and violet, consist mainly of pigments and binders; they give the collour its property, the more pigment the fuller the colour!

  • To make the "standard" colour inks lighter in colour, you should use Transparent white. It makes the pigments less concentrated, hence lighter! If you print one coloujr over another you will get a soft mixing colour.
  • In order to make the "standard" colour inks "pastel" and transparent, you should use Mixing white. This ink also allows to print two colours over one another to get a mixed colour.
  • To make "standard" colour inks "lighter" but still strong, you should use the covering Opaque white (contains a lot of pigment). With this ink it is more difficult to print one colour over an other to get a mixing colour.
  • You can make your own colour by mixing the "standard" colours and, if required, by adding one of the whites.

Colour mixing information:

  • red and yellow = orange
  • yellow and blue = green
  • blue and red = purple

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