One of the things people love most about balloons is their bright, cheerful colors. In addition to the vast range of solid colors, balloons have color effects to create the look of textures, patterns, and more.
If you’ve ever wondered how the colors and effects are created, this is your chance to find out. Here are the most common ways balloons are colored:
Pigment coloring: This is the most common method for coloring latex balloons. Pigments are mixed into the latex material before the balloon is formed, giving the balloon its color. Different pigments can be mixed together to create as many colors as you could imaging.
Dyeing: Foil or mylar balloons are dyed using a process called sublimation. In sublimation, the dye is heated until it becomes a gas, and then it is infused into the material of the balloon. This process can create vibrant colors resistant to fading.
Printing: Balloons can also be printed with designs or logos using a silk-screening process similar to the way t-shirts are printed. In this process, ink is applied to a stencil of the desired design, and then pressed onto the balloon. This is often used for custom balloons for events or promotional purposes.
Spray painting: For some specialty balloons, such as those used for artistic or decorative purposes, they may be spray-painted with a specialized paint or coating to achieve the desired color or effect.
Affairs Afloat Balloons has a vast library of colors and specialty balloons to choose from. Click here to check out our style and color guide.