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Do I have to toss out my ink if it gets too thick?

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This was a question posed by a Printwear reader, and this was Kieth Stevens’ response:

In most cases, it depends on why the ink has thickened. If the ink has thickened due to excessive heat, then yes, it may be unusable because the ink has already partially fused or cured.

If the ink has just gotten thicker with time, then curable reducer can be used to help save the ink. Note of caution: Use it sparingly! Too much reducer harms the opacity of the ink.

International Coatings carries the 1110 Curable Reducer as well as the 1099 Curable Low-Bleed Reducer.

Kieth Stevens is the Western regional sales manager for International Coatings. He has been screen printing for over 37 years, teaching screen printing for more than 10 years and is a regular contributor to International Coatings’ blogs. Kieth is also the recipient of the prestigious 2014 Golden Image Award Gold Winner, which is given out by SGIA (the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association.

International Coatings manufactures a complete line of Centris™ non-Phthalate screen printing inks, including a wide variety of whitesspecialty inksspecial effects inks,color matching systemsadditives and reducers.  In addition, International Coatings also manufactures a line of AXEON™ non-Phthalate, non-PVC special effects inks. For more information on our products, please visit our website at www.iccink.com.

 

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September 25, 2017 at 2:43 pm Leave a comment

Our Most Popular Black? 717 Ultimate Black™

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717 Ultimate Black™ is our popular non-phthalate, high pigment, fast flashing, low tack, high performance plastisol screen printing ink. The ink is deep black in color, creamy, short-bodied and is easy to print on automatic or manual presses. 717 Ultimate Black™ also achieves excellent penetration into fabrics when printed through fine mesh counts.

Here is the product bulletin for 717 Ultimate Black’s Product Bulletin.

Try 717 Ultimate Black™ today!

September 15, 2017 at 5:15 pm 1 comment

Star Trek Day!

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The first episode of The Original Series aired on September 8th, 1966, so Star Trek fans worldwide celebrate today as Star Trek day. Happy 51st Birthday, Star Trek!

Print courtesy of Y&R Fashion, Inc.

International Coatings manufactures a complete line of Centris™ non-Phthalate screen printing inks, including a wide variety of whitesspecialty inksspecial effects inks,color matching systemsadditives and reducers.  In addition, International Coatings also manufactures a line of AXEON™ non-Phthalate, non-PVC special effects inks. For more information on our products, please visit our website at www.iccink.com.

 

September 8, 2017 at 1:19 pm 1 comment

Replacement for Ryonet White?

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7014 Legacy White

We’ve received numerous inquiries from customers regarding the Ryonet White. “Ryonet White” was manufactured by International Coatings. Amongst the inquiries, we’ve recently received one from a veteran screen printer of 25 years, JJ.

JJ began by praising the “Ryonet White” that he used to purchase. He went on to claim that the “Ryonet White” that was made by International Coatings “was the best white [he had] ever used. JJ also claims that “the replacement [of that ink] was not as good” and that he’d “love to get that ink again.”

So we sent him a sample of our 7014 Legacy White™ ink which the “Ryonet White” was based on. The only difference between the two is that 7014 Legacy White™ is a tad bit more opaque and slightly different in viscosity.

Here’s what JJ had to say after trying out our sample:

“All our staff agreed that this was a superior white to the replacement offered at the beginning of the year. Will be using as our main white again shortly.

-JJ”

Thanks for the glowing feedback, JJ. In fact, the 7014 Legacy White™ is now our best-selling white ink. Period.

International Coatings manufactures a complete line of Centris™ non-Phthalate screen printing inks, including a wide variety of whitesspecialty inksspecial effects inks,color matching systemsadditives and reducers.  In addition, International Coatings also manufactures a line of AXEON™ non-Phthalate, non-PVC printing inks and special effects inks. For more information on our products, please visit our website at www.iccink.com.

August 17, 2017 at 5:04 am 1 comment

Introducing 6100 Super Opaque™ Series Inks

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International Coatings is proud to introduce its 6100 Super Opaque™ Series Direct Print Plastisol.  As part of our Centris™ line of non-phthalate and non-ghosting inks, 6100 Series inks are specially formulated for ultimate coverage on dark garments without the need for an underbase.  They are available in 18 vibrant colors.

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The 6100 Super Opaque™ Series can be printed on light colored garments at higher mesh counts or they can be reduced to obtain soft-hand, opaque prints. The ink is formulated for low build and prints beautifully on automatic as well as manual printers. 6100 Series inks have a smooth and even consistency for ease of printing, and have a low tack. Their high pigment load results in maximum coverage on dark garments, thus dramatically reducing the need for underbasing. 6100 Super Opaque™ Series can help printers increase production and reduce ink usage by up to 50%.

Previously available in limited distribution only, the 6100 Super Opaque™ Series is now in stock and available through all of International Coatings’ exclusive network of distributor partners. 

SEE THE DIFFERENCE:

6100 Series (left) vs. Competitor’s product, printed through various mesh counts, one pass only, on black fabric.

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International Coatings manufactures a complete line of Centris™ non-Phthalate screen printing inks, including a wide variety of whitesspecialty inksspecial effects inks,color matching systemsadditives and reducers.  In addition, International Coatings also manufactures a line of AXEON™ non-Phthalate, non-PVC screen printing inks. For more information on our products, please visit our website at www.iccink.com.

 

June 23, 2017 at 5:44 am 1 comment

Screen Printing Startup Equipment, Part II

M&RComboHere is Part II of John Levocz’ article, published on Printwear, on what printers need for a start-up (Read Part I on our blog):

CHOOSE A PRINTER

There are many types and styles of manual printers in the market place, but they’re ultimately all designed to complete the same process. Some print better than others, but the job at hand is to enable a printer to print sing;e or multiple-color designs onto garments quickly, efficiently, and in registration.

Look for a printer that’s expandable. This could be a printer that expands from a single color to four colors or four colors to six colors. It’s less costly to expand this way as opposed to buying new equipment because you outgrew what you originally purchased. Given the designs and types of garments that are printed today, start with a four-color printer with four stations for loading, flashing, and cool downs. Also, consider a printer with micro-registration for a quicker and easier job setup.

Buying a printer is like buying a car. Visit your distributor’s showroom if possible and take a test drive. Do the micros move smoothly? Does the press spin freely with minimum effort? Remember, if all goes well, you’ll use it all day. As for the references of other decorators who use this equipment. If possible, call them to get their opinion. As long as you’re not in direct competition, most are willing to answer a few questions regarding the press they purchased.

FLASH CURE UNIT

Along with the printer, you need a flash-cure unit. This equipment enables you to flash your under base, so you can print on dark garments and specialty pieces. A flash cure unit is an essential piece of equipment in your shop. These units operate at high temperatures to gel the ink before moving to another screen, especially on designs that cannot be printed wet-on-wet.

Considering the high operating temperature, an automatic-style flash is a good option. This type of flash stays over the garment and moves away after a specified time to eliminate burned shirts and, even worse, burned platens on your press that would have to be replaced. In my experience, I can almost guarantee that if you opt to not get an automatic flash, you will get distracted and burn shirts and platens.

DRYERS

After the printing is complete, the garment now needs to be cured or dried. Standard plastisol inks require 325 degrees F at specified times for a proper cure. You can have the best artwork and nicest design, but if the ink washes off the first time your customer cleans the shirt, you won’t be in business long. Proper curing is an important part of screen printing and should not be overlooked.

For a startup business, I recommend an electric infrared conveyor drying system. These dryers convert infrared energy to heat to cure the printed garments. As with presses, many dryers are expandable in length, so the dryer can grow with your business. If you saved some money in other areas look for a 36 belt width. This allows for a press on each side of the dryer as your business grows. And with all the different types of material printers are asked to decorate these days, good airflow is a must. This airflow helps eliminate scorching and shrinkage and solidly cures the decorated garment.

John Levocz, International Coatings’ Northeast regional sales director, has been in the screen printing industry for more than 30 years and has broad experience in graphics and textile printing. John is a contributor to International Coatings’ blogs and holds print seminars all over the country.

International Coatings manufactures a complete line of Centris™ non-Phthalate screen printing inks, including a wide variety of whitesspecialty inksspecial effects inks,color matching systemsadditives and reducers.  In addition, International Coatings also manufactures a line of AXEON™ non-Phthalate, non-PVC special effects inks. For more information on our products, please visit our website at www.iccink.com.

June 13, 2017 at 5:24 am 3 comments

You Can Make Shiny Ink Dull, But…

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In a recent article published by Impressions magazine, Mark Brouillard shares with us some of his knowledge regarding ink and light refraction.

Sheen is the reflection of light from a surface. The smoother the surface, the easier the light reflects, giving it a glossy-sheen look. The more angular or rough a surface is, the harder it is for light to reflect, thus giving it a dull or matte sheen.

Most ink comes in either a matte or glossy finish. You can take a glossy ink finish and add a dulling agent to make it a lower gloss or matte. However, it is difficult to make matte-finish ink look glossy without the addition of a clear gloss coat to smooth out the surface.

So, the real question is how many screens you want to use versus how many additives you want to use. If you have a matte ink and want to make it not so matte, you are going to need an extra screen to overprint clear gloss ink. If you have a gloss ink and want to make it lower sheen, most companies offer a dulling/matte additive (or a puff additive) that can be added to the ink. The dulling additive will, in effect, roughen up the surface of the ink giving it a lower light refraction and thus a lower sheen.

Typically, dulling agents are added to ink at around 5-7% by weight. What is important to note is that when making lower-sheen ink, you should write down the recipe and label the leftover ink. Also note what percentage the dulling agent was used on the job sheet in case of a re-order, or so that it doesn’t get used on another job where that effect is not desired.

Mark Brouillard is our Western Regional Product Manager and has years of experience in the industry.

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International Coatings manufactures a complete line of Centris™ non-Phthalate screen printing inks, including a wide variety of whitesspecialty inksspecial effects inks,color matching systemsadditives and reducers.  In addition, International Coatings also manufactures a line of AXEON™ non-Phthalate, non-PVC special effects inks. For more information on our products, please visit our website at www.iccink.com.

 

January 31, 2017 at 4:02 am 1 comment

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