When should you use a curable reducer? Kieth Stevens explains in a recent Printing Tip column published in Impressions Magazine:
There may be many instances where the viscosity of an ink may need to be lightened or its printability may need to be adjusted. For such occasions, curable reducer is ideal.
A curable reducer can be added without affecting the ink’s cure properties; therefore, there is no fear of adding too much reducer. Usually, 1% to 10% can be added (by weight) to adjust an ink’s viscosity. Please note that when working with a low-bleed ink, a Curable Low-Bleed Reducer should be used. Otherwise, thinning a low-bleed ink with a regular curable reducer will lessen its bleed resistance.
Add curable reducer for easier printing through high mesh counts or to create a softer print hand.
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. For more information, visit iccink.com and read the company’s blog at internationalcoatingsblog.com.
For more on International Coatings’ Curable Reducers (1099 Curable Low Bleed Reducer & 110 Curable Reducer), check out our product bulletin: http://www.iccink.com/pdfs/Plastisol%20Reducers-10-06-10.pdf. We also offer the 3818 Sentri Curable Reducer soft-hand enhancer: http://www.iccink.com/pdfs/3818%20Sentri%20NP%20Reducer-10-06-10.pdf.
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.
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