9 Tips for Screen Printing with Low Temperature Ink
Solutions to all of your screen printing problems are here now that we developed Fusion 180° low cure temperature ink, as you will now only need one formula to screen print on all fabrics. Listed are our nine tips for screen printing with our all in one ink.
1. Mesh Range
You can use a low mesh count to a high mesh count. 60/inch to 280/inch (33/cm to 120 cm European) printable without viscosity modification. The more detailed the print the higher the mesh and the more ink deposit the higher the curing temperature.
2. Ink Curing
Proper curing temperature and mesh depends on the thickness of ink deposit, garment, color of garment, artwork, and desired effect. Direct application onto the garment substrates and cures at 180°F (83°C) with 305 mesh/inch no underlay or at 240°F (116°C) with 86 mesh/inch. The ink can also be cured with the flash in 4 seconds at 450°F degrees. (232°C)
3. Flash Cure
The ink gels at low flash temperatures for easy use with multi-color printing. Does not require a catalyst. Does not build up on screen.
Can print on any fabric and heat sensitive materials: polyester, soft vinyl material substrate acrylic, polyproplylene non-woven, artificial leather, nylon (polyamide), as well as 100% cotton and 50/50 (sweatshirt)
The ink has low viscosity. There is pseudoscience plastic behavior at low temperature. The ink maintains Newtonian Viscosity at room temperature. It can be used through fine meshes.
Adheres to all fabrics without a catalyst.
7. Clean up and Maintenance
You may no longer need ink cleaners made with petrochemicals such as blended solvents. To clean the ink you need our INK CLEANER. Low cure ink can bind up in the screen when the pallet is too hot, if you leave the ink in the screen overnight, or if the screen was recently flashed. In order to clear the screen you need to spray reducer into the effected area, flood the screen with ink, and push the ink through the screen with a squeegee onto test print until the area is cleared. Lastly, the ink container should always be covered with a lid.
Always store at cool room temperature below 90°F (32°F. This Series Ink may be crystalized below 40°F. If this happens, increase ink temperature up to 70°F to 80°F by the slow mixing friction.
9. Bleed Resistance / Transfer Ink
Bleed resistance is very high for printing on 100% polyester, nylon and sublimated polyester. The ink can be used for transfers and foil adhesive.