BYK Additives & Instruments

Printing Inks

What surfactant or combination would you recommend for dynamic surface tension reduction?

BYK-DYNWET 800 is an alcohol alkoxylate and provides excellent reduction of the dynamic surface tension and thus improves substrate wetting as well. Second recommendation: BYK-3400.

What surfactant or combination would you recommend for wetting and penetration of water-based overprint varnish coated paper and board stock?

BYK-346 and BYK-333 are silicone surfactants and will improve the substrate wetting of water-based inks and overprint varnishes on various substrates. Silicone-free recommendations are BYK-381 and BYK-DYNWET 800.

What additive can be used to improve the substrate wetting of an UV curable acrylate-based ink on aluminum oxide surface?

For better substrate wetting of UV inks we suggest the usage of the following products:
Silicone-containing: BYK-377, BYK-UV 3510
Silicone-free: BYK-381

Do you have a defoamer recommended for UV inks?

Silicone defoamers for UV ink application are BYK-067 A and BYK-088. Silicone-free recommendations are BYK-057,  BYK-1790 and BYK-052.

Do you have a silicone-free defoamer for water-based systems?

We only have three defoamers for water-based systems which are based on a polymer which is not a silicone. BYK-012 and BYK-016. BYK-016 was especially developed for printing inks used in food packaging applications.

What additive can we use for better defoaming in solvent-based inks?

Silicone defoamers for solvent-based inks are BYK-066 N and BYK-067 A. A silicone-free defoamer for this application is BYK-052.

We are making solvent-based PVC ink with aluminum paste for film printing. What additives should we use for better wetting of aluminum with PVC?

You can achieve better wetting of the aluminum pigment with DISPERBYK-108 or DISPERBYK-192.

Which product can you recommend to stabelise organic pigments in waterbased inks?

We recommend DISPERBYK-190 for waterborne pigment concentates (resin free) , for resin containing concentrates we recommend DISPERBYK-193.

How can I improve the rub resistance of my matt and gloss waterbased OPV?

We recommend AQUACER 531 for the gloss OPV and AQUAMAT 272 for the matting OPV.

Can you recommend any additives to prevent settling of inorganic and metal pigments?

BYK- D 410 is our first recommendation for solvent based inks. Depending on the polarity it might be necessary to test a different additive. The dosage is approximately 0.1.-0.2% in most systems. For water-based systems BYK-D 420 is our first recommendation. The dosage is at a similar level to BYK-D 410 in solvent-based systems.