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Create 3 Dimensional Prints, Leather Look and Embroidered Look

To achieve these effects, use High Density ink through 150 to 200 micron thick film emulsions. Use 150 capillary with 110 mesh (43 mc/cm) for fine detail printing and 200 capillary with 86 mesh (34 mc/cm) for maximum ink deposit. Use a dyed mesh to minimize saw tooth edges.

Use MD0138 High Density Clear at 5% to 50% to improve the elongation of MD primary colors. Play with different levels and different oven temperatures to create different looks. MD Clear when cured at higher temperatures will become extremely glossy, giving a wet look to a print. Always remember that High Density inks lay down a heavy deposit of ink and will need to have a longer dwell time for proper cure.

Control Your Opacity

Increase opacity in any plastisol ink by adding M00333 Paste Thickener at 2%. Opacity will increase in 1 to 2 hours after the mixture is complete. To lubricate an ink for better printability without opacity loss, use M00022 Tack Free Additive at 2% to 4%. M00022 will also eliminate after flash tack problems and tack problems at the end of the dryer. It prevents the fused ink from sticking to itself if the garment gets folded before it is properly cooled.

Make Glossy Transfers

To achieve this effect, use MA Series inks onto glossy transfer paper and cold peel the transfer. To achieve high gloss on direct thick film printing, use NX0031 with Color Boosters. Print through 86 to 156 mesh (34 to 62 mc/cm) using capillary film from 50 to 200 micron. This technique will eliminate the need for an over print clear.

Direct Print NG0026 Thermo Line Clear as a Foil Adhesive

NG0026 can also be used for Gel printing. Use 150 to 200 micron capillary film and print through 86 - 156 mesh (34 - 62 mc/cm) to create a clear affect as an overprint. Your print will have a rounded edge after it comes out of the dryer unlike the High Density prints that remain perfectly square.

Color Your Own Jewel Tones

Add 10% of the M2 Primary Ink from our M2 Mixing System. Call Rutland's Technical Service Center (800-438-5134 x 152) for formulations of all the previously stocked Jewel Tone colors that were on earlier color charts. The printer will use NH0050 Jewel Tone Silver as a base and mix other colors using the M2 or Color Booster mixing systems.

Create Puff Colors in Any Plastisol Ink

Add 10% - 15% NP0055 Puff Concentrate. Another puff tip is to use up to 50 % Color Boosters in NP0004 Puff Natural Base to create more saturated colors without affecting the cure properties of the ink. Remember that all Puff products are heat sensitive and if they receive too much heat the puff will collapse and turn into a glossy finish. The proper cure temperature is 320° F. (160° C.).

Create a Matte Finish Print

Add 2% M00015 Dulling Paste to your plastisol ink. M00015 Dulling Paste can be used in standard colors at 10% by weight to create a Suede look. After mixing, print Suede inks through a 156 mesh (62 mc/cm) screen and cure at 320° F. (160° C.) Suede inks are temperature sensitive and should not be over cured.

Improve the Flash Characteristics of Your Plastisol Ink

Add 2% NP0055 Puff Concentrate or M00015 Dulling Paste. NP0055 can also be used to dull the surface of any plastisol ink. When added at 2% it will improve the flash characteristics and dull the finish of even thick film prints.

Improve Fibrillation (Frosting) on Cotton Garments

Add 3% MZ0001 Fiberbond. MZ0001 Fiberbond can also be used as a Nylon Jacket additive when used at 7.5% by weight. Remember that once Fiberbond has been added to an ink, you must use the ink within 24 hours. This means you should only mix enough for the print job your are doing now. The shelf life is approximately 72 hours at a 3% mixture and 24 hours when mixed at 7.5%.

Make Colored Crystallina Ink

Add 2% of the M2 Primary Ink from our M2 Mixing System. Print Crystallina ink through a 40 mesh (16 mc/cm). Print directly onto white garments but you should use an underlay when printing on dark garments. You can also tint Crystallina with Color Boosters to achieve more depth of color. Crystallina can be printed over other inks that have been flashed dried to add a sparkle look to other inks.

Create Special Effects on Lycra / Spandex

Over print NX0031 Clear with specialty metallics and etc. Print NX0031 Clear through 86 mesh (34 mc/cm) to achieve a thick deposit, flash cure and then over print with any other specialty ink to create special effects. The clear will adhere to the Lycra/Spandex and the specialty ink will adhere to the clear allowing great adhesion and stretch.

Mix Simulated Process Colors from the M2 Mixing System

For 65 line, 355 mesh screens, the recommended process color mixtures are as follows:

  • Yellow = 90 parts S.H.A.P.E. + 10 parts M2 Yellow
  • Magenta = 90 parts S.H.A.P.E. + 10 parts M2 Red
  • Cyan = 90 parts S.H.A.P.E. + 10 parts M2 Blue 1
  • Black = 50 parts S.H.A.P.E. + 50 parts M2 Black

For 65 line, 305 mesh screens, the recommended process color mxtures are:

  • Yellow = 96 parts S.H.A.P.E. + 4 parts M2 Yellow
  • Magenta = 96 parts S.H.A.P.E. + 4 parts M2 Red
  • Cyan = 96 parts S.H.A.P.E. + 4 parts M2 Blue 1
  • Black = 50 parts S.H.A.P.E. + 50 parts M2 Black

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