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Page 51 of 102 47 S T A R T H E R E 2 0 2 1 By Steve Mills, Direct Color Systems You must always store your inks away from light. Even though typical ink packaging is opaque or "light-blocking," my experience is that there is always some amount of light penetration. Some good practices to start using: Do not store in a location with sunlight, either through windows, skylights, or direct. The lighting in the area should have UV light filters installed. There are many options here, such as UV filters applied to fluorescent light bulbs and windows. Leave the bottles of ink in the corrugated packaging when they arrive. It's another layer of protection and doesn't cost anything. If you unpack the bottles, it's always best to use a lower shelf where they are shielded from overhead lighting. One of the worst things you can do when handling inks is to use a flashlight to look in a bottle. This light can quickly turn a perfect ink into a destabilized mixture — an expen- sive mistake for any printer owner. Turn Out the Light! Image courtesy Roland DGA

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