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Top 5 Ways To Make Inkjet Prints Waterproof

If you’re running into issues with your inkjet printer not printing waterproof pages- don’t worry you’re not alone.


These are our top 5 ways for how to make inkjet ink waterproof, and a few alternative methods to seal and protect your printed sheets or stickers.

1. Fixative Spray:

Use an acrylic fixative spray from Mod Podge or Krylon to waterproof your inkjet prints. 

These sprays create a protective layer over the printed surface, making it more resistant to water, UV rays, and fading. 

Allow your printed pages to dry for approximately 10 minutes, then in a well ventilated room hold the can 10 inches away and spray a light coat. 

Wait 60 minutes between coats and apply a total of 3 coats.

To see our article on the top 7 best fixative sprays – click here.

2. Lamination:

After printing, you can laminate the paper to create a waterproof barrier. 

There are two main types of lamination: thermal laminating pouches and adhesive single-sided laminating sheets (commonly used for stickers). 

You can have the option of crystal-clear laminates with glossy, matte or even holographic finishes. 

Pay attention to the thickness of the laminate and material used as this will affect the sheets overall sturdiness. 

To learn more about how to laminate your sheets of paper or printed stickers – check out this article we wrote.

3. Waterproof Printable Vinyl:

Choosing a vinyl material instead of paper is an excellent way to waterproof your inkjet prints. 

Printable vinyl sticker sheets have exploded in popularity over the last few years not only to make stickers but also print water-resistant or waterproof pages. 

There is an endless variety of options available on the market including: glossy, matte, clear, and holographic finishes to choose from.

Click here to learn how to use printable vinyl and to see a more detailed breakdown.

4. Paint-On Gloss Sealer:

Instead of using a spray-on sealant you have the option to paint on the sheets by applying a few coats of varnish from brands such as Mod podge. 

These varnishes are commonly used for more than just inkjet printed sheets, including ceramics, wood, and other artwork that you want to protect from water and other harsh elements, increasing the overall lifespan of your project.

This type of varnish is typically a water-based sealer, glue and finish for paper products and other hard surfaces.

5. Use Pigment-Based Inks:

If your printer allows, switch from dye-based inks to pigment-based inks. 

Pigment-based inks are generally more waterproof and fade-resistant than dye-based inks. 

Alternatively you can print from a local print shop with commercial-grade ink or borrow a friend’s printer that has more advanced printing capabilities. 

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