Solar Plates

Solar plate is an intaglio printing method that uses UV Light and water as an alternative to traditional etching methods, which use harsh and potentially dangerous chemicals.

This non-toxic, waterbased process uses fewer materials, has excellent resistance to solvent ink, and renders excellent, high-resolution prints with sharp details, with both waterbased and solvent-based inks.

Simply place an image printed on transparent film on top of a solar plate, expose it to UV Light for 1-4 minutes, wash with warm-to-hot tap water for 1–3 minutes, allow to dry (or use a hair dryer), and expose the plate to UV light for another three minutes to finish.


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