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Come join us at the ISS Atlantic City Show starting this Thursday, March 23rd – Saturday, March 25th at the Atlantic City Convention Center. John Levocz will be in attendance, so be sure to connect with him there.
Don’t miss our latest products showcased at our distributor partners’ booths:
Davis International, Booth 1437
Nazdar Source One, Booth 729
See you there!
International Coatings, a leader in the development of textile screen-printing inks and a pioneer in the production of vinyl and urethane plastics, specialty coatings and adhesives, and traffic paint, is celebrating its 60th anniversary.
International Coatings was founded in 1957 by Herbert A. Wells, a chemist who previously helped develop Elmer’s Glue. The company’s first products were custom industrial plastic and adhesive compounds. Over the course of the next 60 years, International Coatings stayed true to its roots as a plastics compounder, pioneering numerous advancements in plastics, coatings and adhesives. Today, International Coatings manufactures a wide range of branded and custom formulated plastic compounds for the apparel, traffic marking, water filtration, aerospace, sports and recreation, medical and adhesives markets worldwide.
The company entered the textile screen printing industry in the early 1960’s. Many of the products developed by Mr. Wells and International Coatings remain industry standards to this day. International Coatings’ high-performance Nylon inks and its classic low-bleed whites are industry favorites and have helped establish the company’s reputation for producing products that perform. International Coatings recently expanded its product offerings to include traffic paints and markings, meeting the growing demand for quality products within that industry.
“We at International Coatings are thrilled to celebrate 60 years of successes” said Stephen Kahane, International Coatings’ President. “We know that our growth, longevity and success come from our loyal stakeholders – our customers, distributor partners and employees. We are particularly proud that our Diamond Anniversary represents 60 years of continuous family ownership and management.”
Looking ahead, International Coatings is committed to continued innovation, quality products, and outstanding service to our distributor partners and customers. We recognize that our success comes from customers’ success.
Catch the luck of the Irish this St. Patrick’s Day!
Try out our 700 Series direct plastisol screen printing inks in these various greens:
777 Lime Green
775 Dallas Green
733 Kelly Green and
776 Dark Green
Can you suggest some approaches to building a darkroom for a screen-printing shop that has a limited floor space? This was a question posed by a Printwear reader, and here is Kieth Stevens’ response:
A booth can often be constructed of black plastic sheeting, which is relatively cheap to purchase. Choose a location close to the washout area to minimize exposure to light. Simply construct a 1′ x 3′ wooden frame and determine where to place the entry to the dark room. Staple the plastic to the frame and overlap some plastic to create the “door.” By overlapping the plastic sheets, it will minimize the light coming through during entry and exit. Also, be sure that the plastic cover reaches to the floor to block out light completely.
Another way to create a darkroom with limited space is to repurpose an existing room. For example, if the bathroom is not too small, turn it into a dual-purpose room. Repurposing a closet is also a great way to make use of the space you have.
Stand in the darkroom prior to use to be sure that there is no light leaking into the room. It may be necessary to block out minute shafts of light coming in through the bottom or sides of a door. Use plastic sheeting or light-blocking curtains to eliminate any light contamination. Consult your emulsion manufacturer as to which lights would work best and add a dehumidifier. In such a closed room environment, your screens will dry faster and more thoroughly when moisture content is controlled.
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.
Here’s what SPSI is printing in their booth (#401) at the DAX show! The cool lion design was created by Atomic Cotton, with the artists pictured here. You can check out their other designs at their Facebook page. Thank you, Zack Kauffman!
Be sure to drop by tomorrow to catch all the action.
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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It’s International Coating’s 60th Anniversary! Join us at ISS Long Beach 2017 and participate in our daily raffles to win an ink kit of your choice – either a color mixing system starter kit or a special effects kit for the lucky daily winner.
All California-based entries will be eligible for a Grand Prize – An Expert Print Shop Makeover. One of our print shop experts will travel to your business for an in-depth consultation on how your shop can run more smoothly and productively!
Our print shop expert will help the winning shop troubleshoot problems and suggest ways it can maximize its capabilities.
So be sure to come by Booth #2041 and enter to win!
For a FREE pass to the show, enter promo code INTERCOAT.