Metallic silver inks for printing

Silver printing inks, depending on the printing technology used, can give really surprising and spectacular effects on various types of materials. The thicker the layer of paint, the better the metallic effect and the more the paint looks like real silver. Optimal metallic gloss and opacity can be obtained by using pigments properly selected in terms of size and shape.

Recommended printing technologies

The silver color on prints looks extremely luxurious and noble. It is a color based on special pigments imitating silver or aluminum. The best results can be obtained by using printing technologies with the largest possible ink application, which is why screen printing or rotogravure printing are the best solution for spectacular effects.

Slightly worse, but still really good prints with silver ink in flexographic technology. The least desirable, but often used and achieving quite good results is offset printing technology. Regardless of the application used, silver paints look really special in all circumstances.

Metallic silver paints – how to get the desired effect

Gloss (surface)

The smaller the pigments, the better the gloss of the varnish because small pigments are more evenly arranged on the surface (they do not protrude), so they do not create roughness (dullness).

Gloss (metallic)

In terms of light reflection (surface smoothness) from the surface of the pigment (not varnish). Metallic luster is basically the same metallicity.


Understood as the similarity of the print to real metal. An example of a metal bar: when we look at it from above, the back is light, the further we look into the curve of the bar, the darker the metal becomes. To put it another way: when we look straight at the printout, the ink is light, the further down the angle, the ink is darker. The bigger the flop (the difference in pigment brightness, the bigger the difference is the bigger the flop) the bigger the metallic effect. The smaller the pigment, the worse the metallic effect, the larger the pigment, the better the metallicity.


Opacity is the ability to cover what is below the surface of the paint. This is the opposite of transparency. The smaller the pigment, the better the coverage, the bigger the worse. The greater the statistical dispersion of the pigment size (the Gaussian curve is more flattened), the better the opacity. The smaller the statistical dispersion of the pigment size (the Gauss curve is more conical), the better the effect, but the worse the opacity

This is how we select all metallic paints, not just silver.

W naszej ofercie znajdziesz farby metaliczne w kolorze srebrnym, złotym i wielu innych metalicznych odcieniach. Sprawdź więc produkty dostępne w SPLinx i stwórz druki pasującą do Twoich potrzeb! Na indywidualne zamówienie możemy także stworzyć farbę metaliczną dostosowaną do realizowanego przez Ciebie projektu. Chcesz poznać więcej szczegółów? Skontaktuj się z nami już dziś!

In our offer you will find metallic paints in silver, gold and many other metallic shades. So check out the products available in SPLinx and create prints that match your needs! On individual request, we can also create a metallic ink adapted to your project. Want to know more details? Contact us today!

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