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Seiko I Infotech neon low-solvent ink review for Seiko W64s and Seiko W54s wide-format signage printers Print E-mail

At drupa 2012 it was first possible to see the innovative new neon solvent-based ink from Seiko IIT.

Seiko ColorPainter W-54s printing with neon ink at drupa 2012.

Seiko I Infotech Inc. launched two new neon inks for its ColorPainter W series printers. The neon inks are solvent-based fluorescent inks and are available in two colors, Neon Yellow and Neon Pink, which are used in combination with the ColorPainter GX ink set.

The “yellow” and “pink” neon colors, are only compatible with the ColorPainter W series printers when configured with 6 print heads. Neon inks can be printed as "Spot colors" and also as part of traditional CMYK "Process color".

Image of example of neon ink of Seiko ColorPainter W54S mild-solvent printer, at SGIA 2012.

Mixing those two colors with others also gives fluorescent effect to the other colors, creating a wide range of possibilities. The printed image is bright under normal lighting, and glows under black-lighting atmosphere.




Neon Yellow

Neon Pink

Solvent Type

Low Solvent

Applicable Printer

ColorPainter W-64s/W-54s

Fluorescent Type


Combined CMYK Inks

GX inks

Maximum Printing Speed

17.8m2/h, 192ft2/h


Indoor signage such as nightclubs, bars, restaurants, music events.

Cartridge Type


Ink Capacity

500 ml per cartridge

Applicable Media

PVC, Banner and other media designed for solvent printers.


The neon inks are solvent-based fluorescent inks and are available in two colors, Neon Yellow and Neon Pink, which are used in combination with the ColorPainter GX ink set.


A bit of history for Neon inks

During the over 14 years that I have been observing wide-format inkjet printer inks I have noticed a launch of neon or fluorescent-like inkjet inks perhaps every five or six years. There are two main classes: neon inks which are part of an official printer's offerings, and neon inks which are purely after-market.

Neon inks from Symphonic Ink would be one example. I have known the folks for over a decade. My first question would be whether these are dye or pigmented. And if dye, how long do they last outside? And what about a store window, even if under and awning?

I can remember an earlier neon or fluorescent ink a decade ago, either for Encad or Roland. If one of our readers can remember the brand name we would appreciate it.

I have inspected fluorescent inks in a Russian ink R&D lab earlier this year, so it is probable there are several kinds of fluorescent ink available around the world. A bit depends on how you define fluorescent ink. The Russian ink turns bright colors when in certain kinds of light.

SIIT stated that its historical first is of a solvent-based fluorescent ink. Any ink for Encad would have been water-based.

Then there are the dozens of kinds of security inks.

What is helpful about the neon ink for printers from Seiko I Infotech is that their inks are supported by their printer and by their company. These are not after-market inks.

Photograph showing brilliance of neon ink of Seiko ColorPainter W64S low-solvent printer, at ISA 2013.


Most recently updated June 25, 2013.
First Posted October 2012, before SGIA sign expo.



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