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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 can be used in a wide range of lithographic inks to control water pick up and thus increase color strength, reduce dot gain, and improve overall print quality. A hydrophobic additive to control water pickup in inks. Used in lithographic inks.


Aquapel is used in the ink industry. It is recommended for offset inks as a problem solver. Aquapel’s main benefit is to ensure a stable ink in water balance; especially for the long runs on high speed web presses. This product is a good stabilizer of the water pick-up in the ink on the image areas of the plate. It is also easy to uniformally disperse in paste inks. Recommended Level of Addition: Max 1%

Features & Benefits

Typical Properties

Property Name Value
% Active100%
AppearanceAmber Liquid
Viscosity≤ 320 CPS

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Safety, Shipping & Handling

About Us

Shamrock pioneered the development of PTFE and wax additives in the 1970s, first for inks and coatings, and later for a wide range of applications including lubricants, personal care products, polymer additives, and many more.

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