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Screen Printing Tips

This section contains tips that are used for better screen printing results. It contains technical terms that are used in screen printing industry commonly and following this will ensure best results.

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Fabrication Ink Type Dryer
Recommended
Temperature
Flash
Recommended
Temperature
Addictives
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Addictive specifications)
Marble Plastisol
(Bleed Resistant)
340° for 60-90 seconds
Gas Dryer (hot convection air)
recommended
Low to medium flashing
temperature 216° and 220°
Retarder at 5% when
printing large quantities
Water base ink 320° for standard curing inks Low flashing
temperature under 216°
Soft hand reduce/
Curable reducer at 5%
Poly Viscose
(solid color)
Plastisol 320° for standard curing inks Low flashing
temperature under 216°
Poly white
Soft and reduce/
Curable reducer at 5%
Water base ink 300-310° for 10 seconds
Gas Dryer (hot convection air)
recommended
Low flashing
temperature under 216°
Poly white
Soft and reduce/
Curable reducer at 5%
Jersey Plastisol 320° for standard curing inks Medium flashing
temperature 220° and 245°
10-15% reduce
or fitness
Water base ink 300-310° for 120 seconds
Gas Dryer (hot convection air)
recommended
Medium flashing
temperature 220° and 245°
Soft hand reduce/
Curable reducer at 5%
Tri-blend Plastisol 320° for standard curing ink Low flashing
temperature under 216°
distance of 1 1/2" and a
time of 3 seconds
Soft hand reduce/
Curable reducer at 5%

Viscosity reducer

Low cure ink/
Flash addictives

Stretch addictive
Water base ink 300-310° for 120 seconds
Gas Dryer (hot convection air)
recommended
Low flashing
temperature under 216°
Retarder at 5%
when printing
large quantities
Tri-blend
Sponge Fleece
Plastisol
(Bleed Resistant)
320° for standard curing ink Low flashing
temperature under 216°
Soft hand reduce/
Curable reducer at 5%

High gloss athletic ink
recommended when
using a dull powder

Low mesh Count
Water base ink 300-310° for 120 seconds
Gas Dryer (hot convection air)
Low flashing
temperature under 216°
Retarder at 5%
when printing
large quantities
Vintage Jersey
&
Sheer Jersey
Plastisol 320° for standard curing ink Low flashing
temperature under 216°
Soft hand reduce/
Curable reducer at 5%

Minimize ink film via
high mesh count
Water base ink 300-310° for 120 seconds
Gas Dryer (hot convection air)
recommended
High flashing
temperature under 216
10-15 reducer
or fitness
High solids ink
Poly Cotton Plastisol 320° for standard curing ink 320° for standard
curing in
Soft hand reduce/
Curable reducer at
Extender base in place
of white under base
Water base ink 300-310° for 90 seconds
Gas Dryer (hot convection air)
recommended
Start temperature high,
then change to a low
flashing temperature
under 216°
Discharge addictive
recommended
Burnout Jersey
&
Tissue Jersey
Plastisol 320° for standard curing ink Low flashing
temperature under 216°
Soft hand reduce/
Curable reducer at 5%

Minimize ink via
high mesh count
Water base ink 300-310° for 90 seconds
Gas Dryer (hot convection air)
recommended
High Flashing
temperature at 300-310°
Retarder at 5% when
printing large quantities

High solid inks
2x1 rib
&
1x1 rib
Plastisol 320° for standard curing ink Low flashing
temperature under 216°
Soft hand reduce/
Curable reducer at 5%

Stretch addictive
Water base ink 300-310° for 90 seconds
Gas Dryer (hot convection air)
recommended
High Flashing
temperature at 300-310°
Stretch addictive

low ink viscosity

Retarder at 5% when
printing large quantities
Poly Cotton Fleece
Cotton Fleece
&
Stretch French
Terry
Plastisol 320° for standard curing ink Medium flashing
temperature under 216°
Soft hand reduce/
Curable reducer at 5%

Soft hand extender
Water base ink 300-310° for 90 seconds
Gas Dryer (hot convection air)
recommended
Medium flashing
temperature under 216°
Soft hand reducer

Stretch addictive

low ink viscosity

Retarder at 5% when
printing large quantities
Spandex
&
Stretch Blends
Plastisol 320° for standard curing ink Low flashing temperature
under 216 and flash time
of 3-5 seconds
Soft hand reducer

Elongation Plastisol
up to 300%

Stretch addictive
Water base ink 300-310° for 120 seconds
Gas Dryer (hot convection air)
recommended
Low flashing temperature
under 216°
Retarder at 5% when
printing large quantities

Stretch Addictive
Thermals Plastisol
(Bleed Resistant)
320° for standard
curing ink
Low flashing temperature
under 216°
Soft hand reducer
Curable reducer at 5%
Water base ink 300-310° for 120 seconds
Gas Dryer
(hot convection air)
recommended
Low flashing temperature
under 216°
Extender Base

Soft Hand Reducer

Stretch Addictive

Low ink Viscosity

Retarder at 5% when
printing large quantities


Additional Inks And Addictive Resources

Commonly Used Addictives Resources

Curable Reducers:

  • Great for reducing or thinning down plastisol inks. Use these curable reducers for easier printing through high -mesh. It provides softer hand on garment that typically used springily at a 5% ratio.
  • Discharge:

  • It can be used as a finished ink system or as an addictive. 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:

  • It provides a matte finish.
  • Elongation Plastisol:

  • The percentage that a print will stretch from its original length before breaking. increasing elasticity of print, extremely double-end crack resistant.
  • Extender Base:

  • It 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 Additive:

  • Lower the flash gel and temperature of the ink and shortens the amount of flash time required.
  • Poly White:

  • Law bleed ink to help prevent dye migration ensuring that the colors stay true. The high pigments levels help to prevent submission where the ink may react with the synthetic fibers in the fabrics and change colors.
  • Puff Additive:

  • It provides a special effect raised print.
  • Retarder:

  • Recommended for water-based inks when printing larger runs. It helps to create less sticks on screen.
  • Stretch Additive:

  • Used for garments with spandex or stretch fabrics.
  • Viscosity Reducer:

  • Used with plastisol ink contains special de-taking agents that help reduce the amount of ink that adheres to the bottom of the screens when printing wet on wet.

Additional Commonly Used Addictives Resources

    Discharge:

  • Works best on 100% cotton garments. Please note that discharge testing is always recommended before printing large quantities, 300° gas dryer is recommended.
  • HSA (High Solid Acrylic):

  • This textile ink can be used as a PVC alternative (plastisol is PVS based) to satisfy RSL (Restricted Substance List) for CPSIA requirements.
  • 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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