What Can Ultraviolet (UV) Light Cure?

Ultraviolet (UV) light curing is a process that uses UV light to quickly cure or harden a liquid material (such as inks or protective coatings) applied to a wide variety of products. This process is used in many different industries, such as printing, automotive, and medical device manufacturing. UV curing is a fast, efficient, environmentally friendly, and cost-effective way to cure materials.

UV curing works by exposing a material to a specific wavelength of High Intensity UV light. This light causes a chemical reaction in the material, which causes it to harden or cure. The UV light is typically generated by three types of UV system technologies: a microwave powered UV lamp , an arc lamp, or an LED UV lamp. The high intensity UV light is directed at the material, which is then exposed to the UV light for a specific period of time.

UV light can be used to cure a variety of coatings, inks, adhesives, and sealants onto many different surfaces including plastics, composites, and metals. UV light therapy is being used to treat a variety of skin conditions and germicidal lamps are used to sanitize and treat water, air, surfaces and even food.

Here’s a running list of everyday items that are cured with high intensity UV light…some you’ll know and others might surprise you. If you have a question about UV light or want to add to our list, email us at marketing@miltec.com.

Ultraviolet light can cure inks, coatings, and adhesives applied to many surfaces including:

  • 3D components and panels
  • Auto body panels
  • Automobile headlights and reflectors
  • Automobile Instrument panels and printed electronics
  • Automobile Interior trim
  • Automotive glass
  • Automotive wire
  • Baseball/Softball bats
  • Billiard Balls
  • Bottle Caps & Closures
  • Bottles
  • Brake pads and calipers
  • Business forms
  • Cabinets
  • Cans (aerosol, beverage, food)
  • Carpet backing
  • Cavity compounds
  • CDs and DVDs
  • Cell Phones
  • Credit cards
  • Cups and tubes (paper, Styrofoam, plastic, metal, cermamic)
  • Doors
  • Drive shafts
  • Engine components (starter solenoid, alternators)
  • Fingernail polish
  • Folding cartons
  • Furniture
  • Golf clubs
  • Guitars
  • Hardwood flooring
  • Labels
  • Lottery tickets
  • Luxury vinyl tile flooring
  • Maps
  • Metal pipe and tube
  • Wood Molding/profiles
  • Newspapers
  • Optical Fiber
  • Outdoor plastic bag packaging
  • Panel/sheet
  • Pet food bag printing and coating
  • Piano/keyboard parts & keys
  • Playing Cards
  • Point of purchase displays
  • Printed Circuit Boards
  • Resilient flooring
  • Scrabble tiles
  • Screen printing
  • Skateboards
  • Skis
  • Sunglasses
  • Surfboards
  • Ukuleles
  • Wheel rims
  • Window film
  • Windows & Trim
  • Windshield Wipers
  • Wood flooring
Share this article:

Sign up for latest news & posts.


146 Log Canoe Circle
Stevensville, Maryland 21666 USA


Phone: +1 410-604-2900
Email: service@miltec.com

After Hours Technical Support
(5 pm – 8 am EST) (GMT -5):

+1 443-591-2326


Phone: +1 410-604-2900
Fax: (+1) 410-604-2906
Email: sales@miltec.com

Made in USA

Photography by David Bohrer, National Assoc. of Manufacturers and Gary Landsman, Gary Landsman Photography

©2024 Miltec UV. All Rights Reserved. Privacy Policy / Terms and Conditions