Making Water-Slide Transfers
BEL INC PAPERS
FOR CERAMIC & GLASS WATERSLIDE TRANSFERS
Ceramic Decal / Glass Decal production by screen
Ceramic color is mixed with a medium made up of resin,
plasticiser and solvent, and printed by screen onto the paper.
- A lacquer covercoat, (also referred to as a top clear
coat) also of resin, plasticiser and solvent, is applied, covering the entire printed
decoration. This allows the entire decal to be removed from the transfer paper when soaked
Ceramic Decal / Glass Decal Application:
- Ceramic decals / glass decals are best released in clean,
- Sheets should be soaked in water separately so that water
can fully penetrate the paper. The sheets can then be piled on top of each other to await
- It is not recommended that sheets are left so long in the
water that the decals float off as this renders them difficult to apply.
- Once the decal is released, any traces of air or water
that the decal and the ware must be removed. This is best accomplished with a rubber
- All ware must be allowed to dry before firing.
- On firing, the organic ink medium and covercoat will burn
away, leaving the inorganic colors, which are fused to the ware by the intense firing
OBTAINING THE BEST RESULTS FROM OUR WATERSLIDE
TRANSFER PAPER. . .
- Always store unopened reams (packets) in ambient
conditions. If they have been exposed to very high or very low temperatures, introduce
transfer paper to the print room several days before printing is due to begin, to
assimilate the paper to the print room conditions.
- Do not open the reams until printing is about to commence.
For best results, reseal any portion of unused paper in packets to prevent wavy edges.
- If a large batch of paper has been supplied, reams are
best utilized in sequence, according to the batch number on the outside of the ream,
starting with the lowest digit first, to minimize variability.
Preparation for Printing:
- BEL INC’s waterslide papers typically have an
intersheet humidity of 55-65% RH and if the print room conditions are similar, there
should be no contraction or expansion of the sheets.
- Should print room conditions vary, or be outside this
specification, the paper can still be printed acceptably, but if extremely precise
registration is required, the paper can be preconditioned by passing it through the wicket
dryers or inserting singly in the drying racks for 1-2 hours.
- It is recommended that ambient conditions are used to dry
the paper. Any form of forced drying without adding moisture will lead to a drop in
humidity and a moisture loss from the paper with a corresponding contraction of the