6 Tips for Screen Printing with Fusion 180° Specialty Ink

Specialty Fusion 180° Ink is easy to work with if you follow our simple tips and tricks. We offer metallic ink, shimmer ink, puff ink, and glow in the dark ink.

Fusion 180° Specialty Ink

  • Metallic ink. Our foil grade metallic ink comes in handy for a shiny and bright print. The ink contains actual metallic flakes that are added within the ink, creating a metallic look to your print. We recommend using 86-158 mesh and cure at 240°F through the dryer. Metallic Inks take longer to cure because the metallic flakes in the ink reflect the heat of the dryer.

  • Shimmer ink.  Our shimmer ink is designed to make a sparkle effect. Shimmer ink has more smaller particles (100 microns) than Glitter (200 microns) and less than Metallic (10-20 microns). We recommend using 86 mesh and curing at 240°F through the dryer.

  • Puff ink. Puff inks are used to add texture and depth to the print. A puff base is mixed into Fusion 180°. This raises Fusion 180° to create a 3D, elevated look. The puff base of puff ink can lighten the plastisol color you plan to use. We recommend using 110 mesh, curing at 260°F to 280°F through the dryer. We offer special colors that resist color fading.

  • Glow-in-the-dark ink. We offer glow-in-the-dark ink in a variety of colors. Phosphors glow when the lights turn off. The phosphors are charged in ultra-violet light. (Ex: Sunlight) We recommend using up to 200 mesh, curing at 240°F through the dryer.

Tips

Successfully printing with our specialty inks comes down to testing and experience. Here are 6 Tips to get you started.

  1. Start Small. A small amount of specialty ink incorporated can have a huge impact.

  2. Artwork. Understand how the texture and detail will affect your artwork.

  3. Ink Mixer. Purchase a formulator ink mixer to prepare your inks. Ex: Drill and Mixing Blade, Jiffy Paint Blade, or Agitate Impeller

  4. Squeegee. When printing textiles use a medium hard (65-85 durometer) Squeegee.

  5. Perform Trial Runs. Test prints are important, as practice makes perfect. A trial run is necessary to make sure that your specialty ink comes out on the print the way you intend.

  6. Record your Results. Keep track of your specialty ink projects for future references.

 

Take the time to learn to print with specialty ink will enable you to WOW your customers!

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