Low-Cure Additive

May 7, 2014 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

Are you trying to print on heat-sensitive fabrics, such as 100% polyester athletic apparel or hard-to-print non-woven polypropylene bags? Here is a tip from Kieth Stevens, published in Impressions Magazine:

Low-cure additive may be just what you need to be successful.Stretched lycra

A low-cure additive lowers the curing temperature of plastisol-based inks, thus preventing the fabric from melting or shrinking during the curing process when run through a dryer.

A word of caution: Always test the fabric before starting a production run to see whether it is temperature tolerant at the lower curing temperature (generally about 280°F, depending on the low-cure additive used).

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’ 3804 Low Cure Additive, check out our flyer: http://www.iccink.com/pdfs/Low%20Cure%20Additive%20Flyer%20sm.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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