Fall Season Must-Have Products

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Even though summer is not yet over, it’s time to think about the upcoming fall season.  With Football and Tradeshow season right around the corner, there are opportunities for printing performance wear, sweatshirts, nylon jackets, and promotional items.

Here are a few product suggestions to make your print shop ship-shape ready:

7100 Performance Pro™ is ideal for printing on polyester and poly blends, as well as fabrics containing lycra.

71113 Performance Pro

71113 Performance Pro

900 Nylon Series, one of our best-sellers, is an industry standard for printing on nylon.  Durable and easy-to-print, the 900 Series conquers backpacks, jackets, even umbrellas and those hard-to-print non-woven poly bags.NylonBag

Watch our YouTube Video for the poly bags printing tutorial.

 

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When printing on colored or dark polyester or poly blends, be sure to use the correct low-bleed white as an underbase.  With so many to choose from, here are our suggestions:

711 Classic White, a constant favorite with good bleed resistance.

741 Poly White, an ultra low bleed white, specifically formulated for printing on polyesters.

7113 Performance Pro White is part of our 7100 Performance Pro Series and is perfect for performance and stretch fabrics as well.

7041 Paramount White, a superior bleed blocking white, one of our strongest blockers.

International Coatings manufactures a complete line of phthalate-compliant screen printing inks, including a wide variety of whites, specialty inks, special effects inks, color matching systems, additives and reducers. For more information on our products, please visit our website at www.iccink.com.

September 11, 2014 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

Throwback Thursday!

Vendor Award Received in 1983 from Mattel

Vendor Award Received in 1983 from Mattel

We’ve been cleaning out our archive storage area, and found some items from our past.  Here’s one from 1983.  Anyone remember He-Man?

International Coatings also manufactures industrial coatings and plastisol besides textile screen printing inks, hence the plaque from Mattel.

International Coatings manufactures a complete line of phthalate-compliant screen printing inks, including a wide variety of whites, specialty inks, special effects inks, color matching systems, additives and reducers. For more information on our products, please visit our website at www.iccink.com.

September 4, 2014 at 2:04 pm Leave a comment

Halloween & Thanksgiving Product Guide

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Product Suggestions for Halloween and Thanksgiving

Before you know it, the next wave of holidays will be upon us.  With only two months until Halloween, here are some perennial favorites to spruce up your seasonal designs:

730 Burnt Orange

773 Kelly Green

788 Brown

727 Golden Yellow

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108 Glow-in-the-DarkStand out at the next Halloween party or help the kids get more candy while Trick-or-treating with Glow-in-the-Dark prints.

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TIP:  Use fluorescent colors (up to 5% by weight) from our Ultramix® 7500 Series Color System to tint the 108 Glow-in-the-Dark and get various fun colors.

 

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Optilux 505 ReflectiveCombine reflective elements in your print design for amazing effects!  Any directed light beam, such as headlights, flashlights, or strobe lights, all reflect off our Optilux® Reflective Inks.

Optilux® 505 Reflective

Optilux® 507 Enhanced Reflective

 

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International Coatings manufactures a complete line of phthalate-compliant screen printing inks, including a wide variety of whites, specialty inks, special effects inks, color matching systems, additives and reducers. For more information on our products, please visit our website at www.iccink.com.

September 3, 2014 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

Happy Labor Day!

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Wishing Everyone a Happy and Safe Labor Day!

August 28, 2014 at 10:30 am Leave a comment

Printing Optilux Reflectives On Nylon?

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Optilux 505 on Nylon

We’ve received a number of inquiries lately regarding our Optilux® Reflective inks, specifically in regards to printing it on Nylon.  The answer is “Yes,” you can print the Optilux® on Nylon.  The Optilux® system comes with a coupler, which helps the ink bond to the substrate.

The “Optilux” print shown on the left was printed using the Optilux® 505 Reflective ink and a 160 mesh screen, one pass.  The top image was taken in regular light, the bottom image in darkness, using a flash.

We’ve also test-printed the Optilux® 505 on Nylon over a base color, in this case, our 904 Scarlet.  Our 900 Series is specifically formulated for printing on Nylon, so we used the Scarlet and 901 White for the “IC” print shown below.

Here’s how we did this particular print:  904 Scarlet, using 110 mesh > Flash.  Then the Optilux® 505 using a 230 mesh (!) > Flash.  Finally, we printed the 901 White using a 110 mesh.

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Optilux on Nylon over color

Note:  Printing over a color may diminish the reflectivity of the Optilux® inks.

As with ANY application, please wash-test your prints before starting a production run.

International Coatings manufactures a complete line of phthalate-compliant screen printing inks, including a wide variety of whites, specialty inks, special effects inks, color matching systems, additives and reducers. For more information on our products, please visit our website at www.iccink.com.

August 28, 2014 at 8:00 am 2 comments

Do You Save With Cheaper Inks?

ScaleBlogWith budgets getting tighter and tighter, everyone wants to save money.  So how much money can you really save with cheaper inks?  Here is Kieth Stevens with food for thought relating to cheaper inks, an article recently published in Impressions:

What does it take to achieve the maximum amount of prints per day, per hour or per minute at the lowest overall price?

After all, the more prints you get out the door at a faster rate, the more money you can make. Sounds logical, right?

What then, is the best strategy for attaining that maximization goal? There are many variables to consider, but let’s focus on inks. Often, printers think that purchasing the cheapest inks will achieve the maximum profits needed at a lesser cost. It could, on some rare occasion, but most likely it won’t. While all cheap inks aren’t bad, you must compare apples to apples and test the inks.

Cheap inks often use cheaper ingredients, which may not result in high-performance ink. Some of my customers only purchase high-end inks because they know they can rely on ink performance and, thus, save money overall.

How so? For example, if you could print 12 prints per minute with the ink you are using, but you find that a cheaper ink slows you down to 11 prints per minute because of a slower flash speed, the cheaper ink can cost you dearly.

Let’s say you are charging $0.50 per impression (or whatever you are making per print) at a rate of 720 impressions per hour (12 prints per minute at $0.50 per print). That gives you $360 per hour. In our example then, the newer, less-expensive ink slowed your press down to 660 shirts per hour, which gives you a gross loss of $30 per hour.

What about ink yield? If the ink you are using costs $50 per gallon and, because it is of good quality, you can get a decent print through a 160 mesh and you found that you are getting a yield of 800 prints per gallon, then the ink costs per print is $0.0625.

Let’s assume that the less-expensive ink costs $45 per gallon but upon printing, you find it is a little less opaque, so you may need a softer squeegee or lower mesh to get the same opacity as the original ink. This will result in a lesser yield to, say, 700 prints per gallon, which gives you a per-print cost of $0.0642. Combine this with the loss due to the slower flash and the “cost saving” will cost you dearly in both time and money.

So be careful, and do your homework. In these cases, you get what you pay for.

Kieth Stevens is the Western regional sales manager for International Coatings. He has been teaching screen printing for more than 10 years and is a regular contributor to International Coatings’ blogs.

International Coatings manufactures a complete line of phthalate-compliant screen printing inks, including a wide variety of whites, specialty inks, special effects inks, color matching systems, additives and reducers. For more information on our products, please visit our website at www.iccink.com.

August 19, 2014 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

Winner of Summer Quiz Series

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Congratulations to Paul H. for winning the grand prize of the summer quiz series. We will email you shortly regarding the grand prize. Thank you to everyone who participated. 

 

International Coatings manufactures a complete line of phthalate-compliant screen printing inks, including a wide variety of whites, specialty inks, special effects inks, color matching systems, additives and reducers. For more information on our products, please visit our website at http://www.iccink.com.

August 18, 2014 at 2:39 pm Leave a comment

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