Hot Products For Spring

Spiderweb3Spring is here but summer – and blockbuster season – is right around the corner.  What’s been trending and what is on the horizon?  Here are some of our hottest sales trends:

7014 Legacy White – One of our most popular whites
901 Nylon White – Printers also use it for hard-to-print poly bags
3816 Sentri Clear – Great for soft-hand prints

505 & 507 Optilux Reflectives – Still hugely popular!

Also trending: 7505 Scarlet and the 7100 PerformancePro


International Coatings manufactures a complete line of non-phthalate 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

April 28, 2015 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

GSG Open House – Baton Rouge, April 23, 2015

GSG_Web_LogoGSG is holding an Open House event on April 23rd from 12-4 pm at another one of their locations: Baton Rouge, LA.  If you are in the area, be sure to stop by and meet up with Kent Hudson.  He will be at hand to showcase our latest products.

Here is their location:

11614 Richcroft Ave
Baton Rouge, LA 70814

PH: 855.256.3951
PH: 225.274.3800
Contact them for more info!

April 21, 2015 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

DAX Chicagoland April 24-25, 2015

chicago_tshirt3Our Tradeshow season continues with the DAX (Decorated Apparel Expo) Chicagoland Expo.  Be sure to come by if you are in the area.

The venue location is:

Tinley Park Convention Center
18541 Convention Ctr Dr
Tinley Park, IL 60477

Register online before April 19th for FREE admission tickets.

The following International Coatings distributors will be at the show to showcase our latest products:

Atlas Screen Supply – Booths 222, 322

Nazdar Source One – Booth 704

SPSI Inc – Booths 401, 402

John Levocz will be in attendance and there will be screen print demos at Atlas, SPSI, and Workhorse (booth 344).  Stop by and check it out!


April 15, 2015 at 8:06 am Leave a comment

Hometown Hero!

OMAR - I-5 FWY 02If you’ve called our California customer service department, chances are you may have spoken to one of our customer service reps, Omar Rodriguez. Omar recently told us about an incident that happened a few months back and we felt it was worth sharing:

On his way home from work one day in January, Omar jumped into action to aide a motorist who was experiencing a seizure in the middle of rush-hour-traffic on the busy I-5 Fwy. Traveling southbound, Omar and his fiancé Olimpia, noticed a Nissan Altima begin to swerve across all lanes at a slow rate of speed. Traffic began maintaining a safe distance behind the vehicle as it went from left to right bouncing off the freeway center divider and the guardrail on the right shoulder.

Omar and Olimpia were able to see a female driver and a young female passenger, about 10 years old. Other drivers were trying to get the woman’s attention by yelling at her and honking but she would not react nor respond. Another driver was informed by the very frightened 10 year old passenger that her mom was having a seizure. Omar’s fiancé was able to overhear this as that driver relayed the information to a 911 operator.

Fortunately for the driver and passenger, Omar has a background in law enforcement:  He was a CHiP, yup, a California Highway Patrol officer. So first things first, he instructed his fiancé to call 911 and report the incident while he positioned his own vehicle directly behind the Altima in an attempt to protect it from other drivers. “I knew what I inevitably had to do” he said modestly, “I needed an opportunity to approach the vehicle and find a way to make it come to a complete stop.”

OMAR - I-5 FWY 01That opportunity came after the Altima collided with a moving vehicle and a big-rig semi-truck.  After the collisions, the Altima swerved towards the right shoulder, collided with a construction K-rail and subsequently a guardrail which slowed the vehicle down considerably as it scraped against it, still in motion. “The vehicle was moving considerably slow, almost jamming itself against the guardrail…that’s when I jumped out of my vehicle” Omar said matter-of-factly. “I parked behind it, told my fiancé to move our car to safety and ran towards the Altima.” As Omar approached the vehicle (yes, still on the busy freeway), he heard the engine accelerate loudly, but the car wasn’t moving much as it was jammed against the railing. “It was then that I leaned into the vehicle through the driver side window, over the woman while she was still experiencing the seizure and forced the gear shifter into the Park position.”

Omar gathered more information on the woman from her daughter (the passenger) and updated 911 dispatchers that the vehicle was now stopped and out of traffic, provided their exact location and requested Paramedics to respond. “I like to think that I was at the right place at the right time” he said, “It could have happened to anyone.” Omar remained with the woman and her daughter until emergency response units arrived. All the while, Olimpia captured video and photos with her cell phone.  The daughter and family members have since reached out to Omar to thank him for his quick thinking and action on their behalf.

As a side-note, Omar & Olimpia got engaged last August on their 1 year anniversary at the “Happiest Place On Earth” (aka Disneyland) in Anaheim California.  Congratulations! … and Thank You, Omar for helping strangers in need!


April 9, 2015 at 8:15 am Leave a comment

Is Waterbase Ink More Eco-Friendly Than Plastisol?

EcoPokerHave you noticed that more and more products claim to be ‘Green’ or ‘Eco-Friendly’?  Since these claims are largely unregulated, it should come as no surprise that many are unsupported by the facts, misleading and/or flat out incorrect.   In our world, we’re often asked why non-PVC products (such as water base inks) are considered ‘Green’ and PVC plastisols aren’t.  Is one truly friendlier to the environment than the other?  Not necessarily.  Here is more from Steve Kahane regarding this topic, recently published in Impressions:

As a manufacturer of PVC, water base and other plastic coatings, we have a long history with plastics and their constituent materials.  We may be best known in the industry for our PVC plastisol inks, but we have been making and selling water base inks for many years.  (We also manufacture water base paints for the traffic marking industry.)  We see and understand the differences between PVC and water base plastic products.  And yes, water base inks, like PVC plastisol, are plastic.

Fact or Fiction?

Dr. Patrick Moore, a co-founder of Greenpeace and one of its leaders for 15 years, has been an outspoken critic of false environmental claims, in particular with regard to PVC.  Dr. Moore left Greenpeace when it shifted away from science-based policies to what he felt was emotion-based confrontation.  That confrontation has driven much of the unsupported arguments against PVC products, and has helped propagate a lot of the misinformation on what is and what isn’t environment-friendly.

Dr. Moore points out that PVC offers many environmental benefits including sustainability, safety, and durability.  PVC requires less energy and fewer resources to manufacture than old-tech materials, and its production creates virtually no waste.  Because of these and other attributes, PVC is now the second largest-selling plastic in the world.  PVC pipe accounts for more than 70% of the new buried water distribution pipes being installed in the US and Canada.  And PVC/vinyl is an integral component of blood bags and IV tubing used around the world.  (To learn more, refer to Dr. Moore’s book Confessions of a Greenpeace Dropout, The Making of a Sensible Environmentalist, Beatty Street Publishing, 2010)

The Science

PVC plastisols have been and continue to be the inks of choice in North America for good reason.  They’re versatile, easy to use, cost efficient and they’re safe.  Plastisols don’t dry in the screen because they don’t cure until they are heated.  Plastisols are considered ‘100% solids’ and consequently provide virtually a 100% yield.

Water base inks are plastic compounds comprised largely of plastic binders and solvents.  The binder is usually an acrylic or a urethane that is suspended in water and other co-solvents.  Water base inks aren’t as popular as plastisols in North America largely because they’re not as easy to use (drying in the screen), not as efficient (lower yields, waste) and in the case of some ‘high-solids’ inks, are more expensive.

Claims that water base inks are more environment friendly than plastisols are questionable at best.  Both inks rely on plastic resins or binders, pigments, fillers and various chemical additives.  Plastisols contain plasticizers that cross-link with the plastic resin.  These plasticizers don’t evaporate off but become part of the ink film.   Water base inks, on the other hand, rely on solvents that evaporate off leaving the pigmented binder compounds on the garments.  While the primary solvent is water, water base inks often contain co-solvents such as formaldehyde and alcohols.  These co-solvents may be harmful and put printers at risk unless they are properly protected from the evaporative fumes.


Plastisols and water base inks have environmental footprints that are quite different.  Water base printing generally requires more energy (to drive off the moisture).  At the end of a print day, plastisol can be left on the screen or put back in the bucket for use at another time.  Not necessarily so with water base inks.  Water base printing tends to generate more waste, and that waste quite often is mistakenly poured down the drain.

The common misconception is that water base inks are benign since they’re largely water.  Not so.  They are chemical compounds that aside from the harmful co-solvents, contain other chemicals (binders, fillers, additives and pigments).  Some of these chemicals are considered hazardous and must be managed as such.  Plastisol waste that can’t be reused can often be recycled for other uses or when cured can be disposed as a regular plastic.  Water base binder in some cases may be disposed similarly if all solvents have been evaporated.

The point here is not that plastisol is better than water base ink.  It’s that water base isn’t necessarily better or greener than plastisol.  It’s not.  Much of how green your shop is comes more from how you manage it – materials, energy and workflow.

So the next time you hear a claim about one product being green or greener than the next, take the time to understand the basis for that assertion.  It just might be that someone is trying to hook you into a game of liar’s poker.

Steve Kahane is International Coatings’ president and CEO.   Prior to joining International Coatings, he held senior executive positions in the environment and engineering fields.  Steve holds a Doctorate in Environmental Science and Engineering as well as a Masters in Environmental Health.  In addition, he served on the faculty of the UCLA School of Public Health where he taught a core course on environmental health.

International Coatings manufactures a complete line of non-phthalate 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

April 7, 2015 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

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April 3, 2015 at 10:30 am Leave a comment

McLogan Seminar April 15, 2015

Apr15Seminar‘Tis the season… for tradeshows and seminars.  In conjunction with McLogan, we will be hosting another seminar at our Cerritos, CA headquarters.  Many of you have asked us when we will conduct our next one, so here it is.

We will be covering Additives & Reducers this time, and it’s shaping up to be an exciting and informative one.  We’ll go over some common additives, like Suede/Dulling, Stretch, Puff, Low-Cure and  Reducers and Catalysts.

Always wanted to try out those additives but were afraid to try?  Got questions on how much additive to put in?  What is the difference between the various reducers?  What cool special effects can be printed with additives and reducers?  How can that soft-hand feel be achieved?

Come and find out!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

10 am – 2 pm

Cost is $25 (covers lunch and samples)

RSVP here

April 2, 2015 at 8:15 am Leave a comment

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