Printing Optilux Reflectives On Nylon?

August 28, 2014 at 8:00 am 4 comments


Optilux 505 on Nylon

We’ve received a number of inquiries lately regarding our Optilux® Reflective inks, specifically in regards to printing it on Nylon.  The answer is “Yes,” you can print the Optilux® on Nylon.  The Optilux® system comes with a coupler, which helps the ink bond to the substrate.

The “Optilux” print shown on the left was printed using the Optilux® 505 Reflective ink and a 160 mesh screen, one pass.  The top image was taken in regular light, the bottom image in darkness, using a flash.

We’ve also test-printed the Optilux® 505 on Nylon over a base color, in this case, our 904 Scarlet.  Our 900 Series is specifically formulated for printing on Nylon, so we used the Scarlet and 901 White for the “IC” print shown below.

Here’s how we did this particular print:  904 Scarlet, using 110 mesh > Flash.  Then the Optilux® 505 using a 230 mesh (!) > Flash.  Finally, we printed the 901 White using a 110 mesh.


Optilux on Nylon over color

Note:  Printing over a color may diminish the reflectivity of the Optilux® inks.

As with ANY application, please wash-test your prints before starting a production run.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. OLAYINKA BALOGUN  |  September 5, 2014 at 6:24 am

    What i realy need is an ink that is reflective and glows on T-shirts after printing with screen. Is that possible.

    • 2. International Coatings  |  September 5, 2014 at 4:30 pm

      Hi, I checked with some of our techs in-house, and they informed me that it probably would not be possible to mix the glow-in-the dark ink with the Optilux Reflective. The glow-in-the dark would obscure the reflectivity of the glass beads and vice versa, the glass beads would obscure the glow factor of the glow ink.

      The only thing we could think of would be to add an optical brightener to the Optilux Reflective, but it would not glow in the dark. You would be able to see the print under UV light only.

  • 3. Old Man  |  January 12, 2015 at 1:11 pm

    Is there any reason to think that this technique of printing the optilux over a base color wouldn’t work on cotton tees?

    • 4. International Coatings  |  January 26, 2015 at 10:24 am

      No reason. It should work. Just be sure to print the layers as thinly as possible. Also, check your washability by washing the test print several times.


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