Viponds – Digi Clear



Universal Digi Clear is a new water based clear that has been formulated to protect and extend the life of digital prints. It is a water white clear that will impart mar and scratch resistance, water resistance and some chemical resistance. It is non- yellowing and contains UV absorbers to improve the outdoor durability of the print.



  • Protects and extends the life of digital prints
  • Water white clear
  • Provides scratch resistance, water resistance and some chemical resistance to prints
  • Non-yellowing
  • Contains UV absorbers to improve outdoor durability of prints
  • Excellent adhesion to most ink systems including true solvent, eco solvent and UV cured systems without the need for a primer
  • Only suitable for non water sensitive substrates and inks



  • This product will sometimes bubble on application. This can be caused by the type of substrate, ink system or the method of application.
  • The best methods of application are spraying, paint pad application or brushing.
  • Rolling is not recommended because it will agitate the liquid and cause bubbles.
  • The laminate is self leveling so it is best to apply on a horizontal surface.

Pad Applicator

  • These are made of a fine fabric attached to foam and are available in
    many different sizes and configurations.
  • Pour the laminate onto the print and spread it over the surface with the applicator.
  • The pad glides over the surface without creating bubbles.


Spraying – HVLP or Conventional

  • Use a 2 mm fluid tip and 280 – 420 KPa (40-60psi)
  • Apply a light mist coat to seal the print and allow to dry (10 to 20 minutes).
  • Apply one or two medium coats to the desired finish.
  • Do not shake the bottles of Digi Clear.
  • Invert or rotate them a couple of times before use.
  • This product dries quickly in temperatures above 20deg C. Addition of the Viponds Digi Clear Retarder will slow the drying to allow longer wet edge (application) time.
  • One coat applied at a rate of 16 square metres per litre per coat will give scratch and mar resistance and some solvent resistance
  • Two coats is required for any UV protection and a high gloss.


Surface Preparation:

  • The success of this product is determined by the level of adhesion to the substrate and ink.
  • Generally no surface preparation is required, but if the surface is contaminated then the Universal Digi Clear may not wet the surface and cissing (does not form a continuous film or may form beads on the surface) may occur.
  • A second application of the Universal Digi Clear may solve this problem.
  • If cissing occurs, a wipe over with a damp cloth prior to application
    may help.
  • It is also important that the ink is completely dry to prevent outgassing. Check with the ink manufacturer for drying specifications.



  • Do not apply if the temperature is below 10 deg. C or in high humidity.
  • Under normal drying conditions it will be touch dry within 20 minutes and can be recoated after 1 hour.
  • Allow at least 2 hours for full cure.
  • Allow overnight drying before rolling up prints.
  • This product can be forced air dried.
  • With the addition of retarder allow longer drying times.


Gloss Level:

  • Universal Digi Clear dries to a gloss finish but the degree of gloss depends on the substrate and the amount of clear applied.
  • A lower gloss finish can be obtained by addition of the Digi Clear Matting Agent.
  • Addition of matting agent will reduce the exterior durability of the


Clean Up and Thinning:

  • If thinning is required use clean water only. Addition of too much water may cause foaming problems.
  • Clean equipment with water.
  • Methylated spirits will soften Digi Clear and assist clean up.



  • The digital print market is continually changing, with new substrates and inks being offered on a regular basis.
  • It is therefore recommended that the customer tests the product thoroughly for their own particular application.
  • The main test is to check adhesion – Universal Digi Clear forms a very tough film and if the adhesion is not satisfactory then the clear can delaminate from the substrate.
  • It is also important to determine the best method of application and film thickness required to achieve the desired properties for the end application.