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Create 3 Dimensional Prints, Leather Look and Embroidered Look

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To achieve these effects, use ES0247 Soft 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.

Play with different levels and different oven temperatures to create different looks. ES0138 High Density 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 EA0333 Thickener #3 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 EA0022 Tack Free Additive at 2% to 4%. EA0022 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 EH High Opacity Ready for Use Series inks onto glossy transfer paper and cold peel the transfer. To achieve high gloss on direct thick film printing, use ES0031 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 ES0026 Thermo Line Clear as a Foil Adhesive

ES0026 Thermo-line Clear 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 M3 Primary Ink from our M3 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 ES0050 Jewel Tone Silver as a base and mix other colors using the M3 or C3 Color Booster mixing systems.

Create Puff Colors in Any Plastisol Ink

Add 10% - 15% EA0055 Puff Additive. Another puff tip is to use up to 50 % C3 Color Boosters in EP0004 Natural Puff 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% EA0015 Dulling Paste to your plastisol ink. Add 10% by weight of EA0015 Dulling Paste to standard colors 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% EA0055 Puff Additive or EA0015 Dulling Paste. EA0055 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% EA0001 Fiberbond. EA0001 Fiberbond can also be used for printing Nylon Jackets by adding 7.5% by weight to your standard inks. 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 M3 Primary colors from our M3 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 C3 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

Print ES0031 Spandesol Stretch Clear, flash cure then print specialty metallics, puffs, etc. over it. The clear will adhere to the Lycra/Spandex and the specialty ink will adhere to the clear allowing great adhesion and stretch. Print ES0031 through 86 mesh (34 mc/cm) to achieve a thick deposit. 


Mix Simulated Process Colors from the M3 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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