FABRIC GUIDE & SCREEN PRINTING TIPS
Below you will find fabric details and printing instructions per fabrication. A test sample run is always recommended before printing large quantities.
*For best results we suggest using a poly ink and/or poly blocker for all fabric containing polyester
Fabric Care Instructions
FLOWY POLY VISCOSE*
TRIBLEND SPONGE FLEECE*
1X1 BABY RIB & 2X1 RIB
ADDITIONAL INKS & ADDITIVE RESOURCES SECTION
Always add modifiers to any ink by strictly adhering to the manufacturers recommendations and guidelines.
COMMONLY USED ADDITIVES / SPECIFICATIONS
Curable Reducer - Great for reducing or thinning down plastisol inks. Use this curable reducer for easier printing through high mesh. Provides softer hand on garment. Typically used sparingly at a 5% ratio.
Discharge - Can be used as a finished ink system or as an additive. ZBF chemical bleaches and streams away dye in fabric to better print on darks. Not all tees are guaranteed dischargeable - always sample print prior to printing large quantities.
Dulling Powder - Provides a matte finish.
Elongation Plastisol - The percentage that a print will stretch from its original length before breaking. Increases elasticity of print. Extremely durable and crack resistant.
Extender Base - Can also be used as an under base in place of white for printing on polyester and cotton / polyester blends to minimize dye migration when a white under base is not the best solution.
Finesse - See Curable Reducer Flash Additives - Lowers the flash gel and temperature of the ink and shortens the amount of flash time required.
Poly White - Low bleed ink to help prevent dye migration ensuring that the colors stay true. The high pigment levels help to prevent sublimation where the ink may react with the synthetic fibers in the fabric and change color.
Puff Additive - Provides a special effect raised print.
Retarder - Recommended for water-based inks when printing larger runs. Helps to create less stick on screen.
Stretch Additive - Used for garments with spandex or stretch fabric.
Viscosity Reducer - Used with plastisol ink. Contains special de-tacking agents that help reduce the amount of ink that adheres to the bottom of the screens when printing wet on wet.
ADDITIONAL COMMONLY USED INKS
Discharge - Works best on 100% cotton garments. Please note that discharge testing is always recommended before printing large quantities. 300 degrees gas dryer is recommended.
HSA (High Solid Acrylic) - This textile ink can be used as a PVC alternative (plastisol is PVC based) to satisfy RSL (restricted substance list) for CPSIA require.
Silicone Inks - Provide excellent elasticity. Recommended for Green-minded companies. Be aware these require a higher cure temperature in the oven.
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