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Aquapel Three


Printing was originally done using limestone and an image drawn with oil, fat, or wax on the surface. The stone was treated with a mixture of acid and gum arabic, etching the portions that were not protected by the grease-based image. When the stone was then moistened, the etched areas retained water. An oil-based ink could then be applied and would be repelled by the water, sticking only to the original drawing. The ink would finally be transferred to the surface to be printed.

The modern offset process involves precise control of the water balance between the fountain solution and the ink. Shamrock’s Aquapel products are designed to reduce water pick up by the ink to achieve a good print.

Product Description

Aquapel Three can be used in a wide range of lithographic inks to control water pick up and thus increase color strength and improve overall print quality.


Aquapel Three is used in the ink industry. It is recommended for offset inks as a problem solver. Aquapel Three’s main benefit is to ensure a stable ink in water balance especially for the long runs on high speed presses. Aquapel Three is a good stabilizer of the water pick-up in the ink on the image areas of the plate. Aquapel Three is easy to uniformally disperse in paste inks. Recommended Level of Addition: 4-5% of the total formula weight.

Features & Benefits

% Active: 100%

Typical Properties

Property Name Value
% Active100%
AppearanceClear Liquid

Regulatory Status

The components of this product are listed on multiple chemical inventories. For specific information on the applicable chemical inventories, please refer to the product SDS. This product meets the requirements of 21 CFR 175.105, 175.300, 175.320, 176.170, 176.180, 176.210, 177.1210, and 177.2800.

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