Screen Printing Tip of the Week: Storing Plastisol Ink Correctly

May 28, 2013 at 5:00 am Leave a comment

Ink-StorageThe following Screen Printing Tip of the Week by Kieth Stevens was recently published in Impressions Magazine.

Storing Plastisol Ink Correctly

Whenever I receive calls from customers who tell me our inks are not performing as expected, I ask them questions to troubleshoot the problem.

I usually find that the ink has not been cured properly during the printing process. However, I occasionally find that the ink wasn’t stored properly, causing it to lose some of its printing properties.

Is there really a right and wrong way to store plastisol inks? Does it really make such a difference? Absolutely!

Plastisol is affected by temperature, either hot or cold, which can change the viscosity and printability of the ink. So here are a few things to remember when storing plastisol inks:


– Store buckets near a flash unit or other source of heat.

– Store near an open window where it can be exposed to the sun.

– Store on a cold floor, which can raise the thickness or viscosity.

– Store near the ceiling or roof where the sun’s radiant heat can affect the stored temperature.

– Let it sit on a shipping dock where it can get exposed to the sun, which can partially cure the ink.

– Allow it to travel in the back of an open pickup truck, where it can get sun exposure.


– Store between 65°F-90°F (18°C-32°C).

– Store the ink with the lid tightly sealed on bucket.

– Stir prior to use.

– Keep it off concrete floors.

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 and read the company’s blog at

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

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