Metal Deco FAQs
How does the ink work?
These inks change color as their temperature changes. Our thermochromic inks all work the same way: below the activation temperature they are colored and above the activation temperature they are clear or lightly colored. As the ink cools, the original color returns.
What is the standard lead time to manufacture this ink?
Standard lead time is 10 business days. The product will be shipped by the 10th business day from the day it is ordered.
Can Thermochromic Metal Decorating ink be mixed with different chemicals?
We don’t recommend mixing any foreign chemicals into the ink. Please consult with CTI before adding any additives or chemicals. Alcohols are not to be added to the ink, they will damage the thermochromic color-changing properties.
How do I store the ink and for how long?
CTI’s products should be stored in a cool, dry place and away from sources of UV light. The inks are stable when stored away from heat. The material is combustible and should not be used near open flame. Store Below 80° F. GID Metal Deco as well as Thermochromic Metal Deco must be used within twelve months of purchase. Consult MSDS prior to use.
What is the “clearing point”?
Clearing point is refers to “the temperature in which the ink stops losing color.”
How do we get a darker color?
Order the Metal Deco Data Sheet for all notes on maximizing your film weight on the metal deco. In some cases a double hit may increase your thermochromic color on the can.
Can your ink be used on more than just a two-piece can?
We also have a 3 piece metal deco ink and an extruded aluminum metal decorating ink formulas. Please be specific when speaking with your CTI Representative when discussing your project.