Why 24 hours?

Why 24 Hours?

Allowing a full 24 hours for drying is a balance between ensuring the ink is sufficiently dry for handling and minimizing the risk of damage. Here's why this time frame is crucial:

    • Preventing Smudging and Smearing: Insufficiently dried ink can easily smudge or smear, leading to distorted images, text, or colors. A 24-hour drying period ensures that the ink has ample time to fully adhere to the substrate, reducing the risk of unwanted smudging.
    • Durability: Proper drying significantly impacts the durability of the print. Insufficient drying can result in flaking, cracking, or peeling over time, which affects the print's longevity.
    • Color Accuracy: During the drying process, the pigments in the ink settle and adhere uniformly to the substrate. This contributes to the accurate representation of colors, preventing any blotchiness or unevenness that might occur if the ink were prematurely handled.
    • Substrate Protection: Adequate drying time prevents the ink from transferring to other surfaces or materials it comes into contact with, protecting the substrate and maintaining the integrity of the printed image.
    • Humidity and Temperature: Environmental conditions influence drying times. Higher humidity levels can slow down drying, while optimal temperature and air circulation expedite the process.