Storing Inks for the Winter

December 4, 2013 at 10:35 am Leave a comment

Cold-Weather-StorageSTORY_rdax_524x521Recently, Kieth Stevens wrote some tips for Impressions magazine on preparing your inks for the winter/cold season:

Proper storage, especially during the cold season, is important for prolonging the life of your inks.

If you are ordering emulsion supplies via mail, be sure to order them while the weather is still warm. Emulsion is generally water-based and will freeze when exposed to long periods of cold.
Similarly, since water-based inks can freeze due to the water content, it is important to order them before the onset of freezing weather.

Also, if you store all of your inks above the floor in the winter, they will be much easier to work with. Cold temperatures can raise the viscosity of ink, making it harder to shear. If you will be away from the shop for a period of time, storing your white inks in an insulated room (or office) may prolong them.

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

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.

Advertisements

Entry filed under: General, How-To. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , .

Happy Thanksgiving! Keep It Creative

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Trackback this post  |  Subscribe to the comments via RSS Feed


Image of the Month

"Gellusion" Atom Print

"Gellusion" Atom Print

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 1,181 other followers

Recent Posts

Visit us on Facebook

Categories


%d bloggers like this: