Happy 4th of July!

Wishing you a safe and Happy Independence Day 2015! 4TH OF  JULY 2015From all of us here at International Coatings.

June 30, 2015 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

International Coatings – Closed – Friday, July 3, 2015

IC CLOSED JULY 3 2015

We Will Be Closed July 3rd!

In observance of the 4th of July U.S. Independence Day holiday, our offices will be

closed Friday, July 3, 2015. We will return on Monday, July 6th.

June 26, 2015 at 8:45 am Leave a comment

Happy Father’s Day

From all of us at International Coatings.

HAPPY FATHERS DAY 2015

June 20, 2015 at 4:00 am Leave a comment

How Do I Test to Make Sure My Inks Are Properly Cured?

We get this question all the time about how one can make sure that the ink is properly cured.  A “Wash Test” is the best method.

Here’s how to do it:  Take a sample print, cut it in half, and wash it 3 to 5 times in a conventional washing machine with 3 pairs of (old) jeans or towels.

wash test

Left side: Unwashed sample, right side: Washed sample

Set the washer for ‘Hot Wash/Cold Rinse’. Set the dryer for ‘Cotton/High’ and dry for 30 minutes. Complete 3 to 5 wash cycles and compare the “washed” sample to the “unwashed” sample. If you see cracking of the ink film or ink loss, your inks are likely under-cured.

For more information and FAQs, please visit our website @ www.iccink.com and click on the ‘How-To & Techniques’ link.

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 www.iccink.com.

June 11, 2015 at 4:00 am 2 comments

Throwback Thursday – Did you know?

Did you know International Coatings manufactured the plastic used in this iconic mask?  Yup, we formulated and supplied the compounds for the masks used in the original Star Wars movie!  Who knew the movie would become such a hit.  STORM TROOPER

June 4, 2015 at 4:56 pm 1 comment

Using The Process Color Selector Wheel

ColorSelectorHere’s a quick tip from John Hatcher, recently published in Impressions:  We recently found some old promo and marketing materials in our warehouse, and amongst the give-away items, we found a box of Process Color Selector Wheels. What a find! These nifty wheels used to be standard tools in a printer’s shop.

A quick check on the web revealed that these color selector wheels are still being sold today. How are these different from a regular color wheel? These process color selector wheels allow the user to choose or check a CMYK color value before proofing or printing. Hence these wheels were widely used by printers, graphic designers, color separators, and even ad agencies.

How does it work? A regular color wheel illustrates the relationship between the various colors, but the process color selector wheel actually previews what a color will look like before printing. Four ColorSelector2transparent disks of tinted Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Black are mounted on the disk, each printed in 10% increments of color strength, from 0% (clear) to 100% solid color. A viewing window then shows the user what resulting color a particular combination of the four colors will produce.

By moving the various color disks around, one can produce up to 40,000 different color combinations with specified color percentages to arrive at those colors. Pretty cool tool!

John Hatcher served at International Coatings for more than 35 years in various senior managerial positions, including product manager. Prior to working at International Coatings, he owned his own screen printing business.

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 www.iccink.com.

May 28, 2015 at 10:09 am Leave a comment

Thank You For Stopping By At FESPA 2015

FESPA-3We’ve had a busy week at FESPA 2015 Expo.  Thank you for coming by.  We appreciate meeting you!

We are looking forward to following up with you shortly.

May 22, 2015 at 4:09 pm Leave a comment

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