Hydrophilic refers to a substance or material that has a strong affinity for water, allowing it to absorb or interact readily with water molecules. In print, it can apply to a range of finishes, coatings, and more.




  1. Paper Coatings: Hydrophilic coatings applied to paper surfaces enhance ink absorption and reduce drying time in printing processes, improving print quality and efficiency.
  2. Binding Adhesives: Hydrophilic properties in binding adhesives promote strong bonding with paper fibers, ensuring durable and secure binding for printed materials.
  3. Ink Formulations: Hydrophilic additives in ink formulations help maintain consistent ink flow and prevent ink repellency on various printing substrates, ensuring uniform coverage and color vibrancy.
  4. Print Finishes: Hydrophilic finishes on printed materials, such as magazines or brochures, contribute to a smooth and glossy appearance, enhancing visual appeal and readability.


  • Paper Selection: Choose printing papers with balanced hydrophilic properties to optimize ink adhesion, color saturation, and print durability.
  • Coating Applications: Consider hydrophilic coatings for printed materials requiring quick drying times, vibrant colors, and enhanced ink absorption, such as marketing collateral or publications.
  • Ink Compatibility: Ensure compatibility between ink formulations and substrate hydrophilicity to prevent printing issues like ink smudging, feathering, or poor adhesion.
  • Quality Control: Regularly test and monitor hydrophilic properties in printing materials, coatings, and inks to maintain consistent print quality and performance.
  • Consultation: Collaborate with printing professionals at American Print and Bindery to explore hydrophilic solutions tailored to your specific printing needs, achieving optimal results in print production and finishing.

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