Tips And FAQCommon Questions
Below you will find a list of common questions we get from our customers. If your question is not in the list below please contact us here.
How can I tell if the ink is completely cured ?
The definitive test is a wash test. The printed garment should be washed in hot water using detergent. If the garment is not cured properly it will show deterioration after 1 or 2 wash cycles.
Where should inks be stored?
Inks should be kept away from excessive heat ( 90 F ) Temperature between 65 to 85 F are recommended for all inks to remain stable and avoid any heat related issues…Always keep the containers covered.
Tip: Garments printed with Plastisol inks cannot be dry cleaned.The dry cleaning process will cause the ink to wash out
Tip: Always stir inks before printing. This will help on press with printability, as well as, opacity. Keeping inks fluid and not Stagnant will also lend to the shelf life of the inks.
Why do I get build-up on some of my screens?
Build-up will occur when the ink becomes dry on the back of the screen. Wet on wet printing is when this can become a problem. Our 1100 Series inks are specifically formulated for wet on wet and will not dry or harden during printing.
Should I stir plastisols before using them?
Yes. It is important to stir any plastisols before printing. By doing so you will avoid any issues involving fusion or opacity. Stirring H.O. Plastisols will also help in maintaining shelf life.
Can I flash inks faster?
Yes. Our FF 1000 series is formulated for obtaining a faster flash when printing on automated equipment.
How do I control dye migration?
Garments containing polyester will alter the color of plastisol Inks. Primarily dark garments such as black, dark green, reds, dark blues & maroon. For cotton-poly blends we recommend 1701 Phoenix White for optimal results. Garments containing 100% polyester can be printed with our 1706 EX Poly White. This product will provide excellent coverage,as well as, superior opacity.