waterpoof printer?

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by matthews1492, Nov 14, 2006.

  1. matthews1492 macrumors member

    May 19, 2005
    Has anyone ever seen/heard of consumer printers out there that will print COMPLETELY waterproof prints. I've tried using wet acrylic paint ontop of inkjet prints before and as you can imagine it got pretty messy. The ink really reacts strangely to water and will change colors. Or is there a workaround that I haven't thought of to get prints that can be manipulated in the physical world.

    Thanks in advance!
  2. N10248 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 11, 2004
    Essex, U.K.
    A laser printer perhaps?, printing on white acetate (white transparency film) this combination would be completely water proof and last for a long time.

    A cheap consumer colour laser though may be a challenge.
  3. kitki83 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 31, 2004
    Los Angeles
    actually I remember going to Best Buy in Los Angeles, and they had a demo of a print sample in a water bottle and the lady would shake the bottle really hard to show how the ink is really good. I think it was either Epson or Canon and you have to get their special paper thats resistant to water or something like that. Its possible just fergot >< what model i saw.

    Good luck share your results if you find anything on it.
  4. live4ever macrumors 6502a

    Aug 13, 2003
    Thermal printer maybe? I know they are the only ones that print on DVDs that are truly waterproof.
  5. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    What are you asking for - waterproof or paint proof?
    If your paints have an oil or solvent base, thats a different requirement.

    Thermal transfer printing (transfer ribbon)
    Solid ink (Xerox 'wax crayon' printing)
    Dye Sublimation printing
    Some inkjet printing if using waterfast ink formulations

    Each have their own plusses and minuses. The solid ink printing is waterproof and can print on various media, like tyvek and canvas. But it is not heat proof at all. Inkjet printing is highly dependent on the media. Dye Sublimation can only use specialized media.
  6. Sirus The Virus macrumors 6502a

    Sirus The Virus

    May 12, 2005
    My Epson is supposed to be waterproof, I haven't put prints into water or anything, but I've gotten some documents wet, and they didn't smear or anything.

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