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Letterpress Printing Plates – Photopolymer

Letterpress Printing Plate

If you’re looking for Letterpress Printing Plates you’ve come to the right place.  We have been producing Toyobo photopolymer printing plates for letterpress printers large and small for the last 7 years.  We offer 2 thicknesses, the KF152 and the KF95 polymer plate as well as the Lyme Bay Press Chase Base on which to mount them.  If you don’t have a base we can offer the KF152 Letterpress Printing Plate mounted type high, just pop it in your chase and print.  We also supply the steel backed KM152 and KM95 if you have a magnetic base. If you are looking to produce your own letterpress printing plates we can supply the unexposed photopolymer direct from our store.

No More Inky Fingers and Dried Ink – Rubber & Oil Based Ink in Tubes

Because we get asked a lot if we sell ink in smaller quantities, not everyone wants 1Kg tins, we decided to see what we can do… so, we are now selling our popular No. Oil based printers ink and Rubber Based Letterpress ink in 100g tubes.  This means you don’t have a vast amount of ink sitting on your shelves for millennia, that you may not use and there is less chance of it skinning in the tube!  We currently have the tubes of letterpress ink in pantone colours in our store and we’re trying to get the metallics and fluorescents on there ASAP.  Why don’t you click here and take a look

ink in tubes



Not every letterpress printer has access to a hot foil machine or wants to.  Instead you can use a very fine metallic bronzing powder to lift metallic ink which can sometimes look a little dark and flat on an uncoated board.  When applied to a wet ink and then dusted off, you are left with a lovely sheen of shiny metal on top of your ink.  Silver, Gold and Copper are now available through our store here.  If you need any advice on how to use them please do get in touch.  Just look how lovely they are in the little sample below…

If you’d like to find out more, just have a read of our Letterpress Bronzing page


Lyme Bay Press – The Printers Store

Hello and welcome to the Lyme Bay Press store.  Hew you can find everything that you need to run your press room, apart from the presses.  We have the complete selection of rubber based inks from Van Son as well as our No.1 Printers ink, which are oil based and available in all of the Pantone colours too.  If you think that pantone colours are boring we have the range of oil based fluorescent colors and for a bit of sparkle metallic as well.  If you are after something in particular please drop us a line at store@lymebaypress.com and we’ll see if we can help.

Lyme Bay Press was established to set up a printing system that is suitable for all pressrooms, large or small.  We supply the Chase base as well as plates that work with it. The Toyobo KF152 and KF95 are a very popular letterpress printers plate with a shore hardness of 67 (very hard) and suitable for all board.  They work with the 2 heights of bases we offer, for more information please get in touch. There is no alternative for the KF152 in the UK, if you use a higher/thicker plate it will not work with your base, it won’t work with our standard chase bases or with the Adana 8×5 base and you run the risk of inking your shoulders and ruining your print.

We have everything for keeping your press clean too and if you’re not happy with the consistency of the ink you are using, maybe it doesn’t suit your board we have things for that too!

We are constantly adding new items to our store, so please have a good look, we will be increasing the papers that we offer and also adding pre-designed plates in case you don’t have a lot of time to whip up your own.


Lyme Bay Press Apron

Just to add a little style to your printing, if you don’t have loads already because you are a printer, here’s the latest addition to our fashion range! Click here to go shopping.



Swan Neck Wash Up BottlesKeeping your working environment clean is as important as the work you produce, we are now adding to our range of press washes and roller cleaners to include wash up bottles and Anti-oxident Spray, to keep your inks as fresh as your designs.

Traditional Printing Today

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