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How to Adjust Midtones on a Complicated Design

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How do I adjust midtones on a complicated design so the print will look good? This was a question posed by a Printwear reader, and here is Kieth Stevens’ response:

Proper and consistent emulsion control is of the utmost importance in achieving good results on a complicated print. Make sure that the screen emulsion is correct, meaning there must be enough emulsion on the bottom of the screen (the side that touches the shirt) to control and contain the ink being deposited.

Think of the emulsion as a gasket; if you have a leak, then the ink will spread. This will cause the ink dots to begin to touch, commonly known as dot gain. Sometimes this can be difficult to control due to variables like the type of shirt fabric, but the better the ink containment, the better the results. This all boils down to the emulsion coverage on the screen.

 

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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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August 31, 2017 at 4:56 am 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

Get a Jump on the Athletic Season with 7100 Performance Pro™

7100 Performance Pro

Conquer Performance and Athletic Fabrics with

7100 Performance Pro™ Series!

Are the new performance and stretch fabrics giving you print nightmares?  Simplify your printing process with International Coatings’ 7100 Performance Pro Series inks. Performance Pro™ was designed to print on 100% polyester or poly-stretch combination fabrics and can be used on automatic and manual printers.

7100 Performance Pro™ inks have a built-in bleed blocker as well as extra stretch properties, making them the perfect inks for those hard-to-print athletic, compression or wicking garments.

7100 Performance Pro™ comes in 18 colors as well as a mixing base.

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7100 Performance Pro 2Performance Pro™ inks offer a smooth consistency for ease of printing on light or dark fabrics.

For ultimate bleed blocking on highly volatile fabrics, use Performance Pro™ inks in conjunction with 7043 Guardian Gray™.

Try 7100 Performance Pro™ today!

Contact us or visit www.iccink.com for more information.

 

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August 10, 2017 at 10:55 am 1 comment

IT’S NATIONAL ICE CREAM MONTH!

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Ever popular, the 700 Series Inks come in over 30 ready-to-use colors and four high-pigment colors (HP) as well!! The series also includes our our ProBrite™ (PB) four-color process colors.

Get some ice cream to beat the heat, then some delicious colors for your prints!

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July 12, 2017 at 10:06 am 1 comment

Can I use sunlight to burn my screens if I run a small shop with minimal equipment?

Yes, I used to do this when our exposing unit was too small for the screen, or if the bulb had burned out and we couldn’t wait for a new one.

As an aside, this is a method I generally do not recommend, but if you have no other options, it is possible. To begin, use spray adhesive on the film and then press it onto the shirt-side of the screen to be burned. Make sure that the adhesive is sprayed evenly so as not to leave spots of heavier deposits on the film. The trick to this method is not to expose the other side of the screen (squeegee-side) while it’s being handled under the sun.

To avoid exposing the other side of the screen, I’ve used a cart on wheels that is at least as big as the screen. Cut a piece of foam that is at least as thick as the screen is and fits on the inside of the screen. Cover the foam with black T-shirt material, then lay the screen with the substrate side up and place the film in position. Don’t forget to put the film face down.

Now place a piece of glass on top of the screen that is at least as big as the screen and place some weighty object, such as a quart of ink, to push the glass, film, and screen down onto the foam beneath. Be sure to put the weight around the design on the film so that it can be exposed evenly by the sun. The weight will promote the best contact between all the layers. Now simply cart the screen to where you want to expose it.

Another tricky part is getting the right emulsion exposure. You may think that on a cloudy day, the UV rays aren’t passing through, but they are, and on a sunny day, they can be even more intense. Then there is the midday overhead sun which is much stronger than the afternoon sun in regards to the amount of UV available for exposure. I strongly recommend not using a pure photopolymer emulsion as those are just too sensitive for this technique. It may take some experimentation to get the exposure just right.

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.

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.

May 18, 2017 at 1:29 pm 1 comment

How do I avoid the white spots that pop up on my garment after curing?

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

This issue happens at times when using a white underbase ink that contains a blowing agent. The blowing agent helps improve opacity and control dye migration. However, the blowing agent contains microbeads that inflate when cured, and some may pop, leaving a hole in the inks printed on top. To help mitigate this issue, use a quality white ink that does not contain a blowing agent, or flash the white a little longer to get the blowing agent to begin puffing earlier. Over-curing the ink may be another cause for the popping as well.


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.

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.

May 9, 2017 at 5:16 am 1 comment

What kind of basic tools should I own for cleaning my screens off?

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Cardboard soaking oils from plastisol ink

A reader posted this question on Printwear. Here’s a quick tip from Kieth Stevens:

Although popular, it’s best to stay away from cardboard scrapers as they tend to soak or absorb the liquid portion of the inks. Some screen supply stores offer specially designed plastic ink scrapers. These plastic scrapers feature rounded corners so they avoid harming the screens.

As far as the cleaning liquids go, there are many available that do a great job. You can usually use an ink degradant on the screen to help break down the ink chemistry. However, they seem to be greasy in nature, so once you have cleaned the screen with a degradant, it may be difficult to get tapes to stick to the screen. It is often necessary to add a final cleaning using a more aggressive solvent to achieve a clean, dry screen.

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.

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.

April 11, 2017 at 11:01 am 1 comment

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