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Plastisol Ink Versus Water Based Ink

What is the deal with plastisol versus water based inks?

Ink is one of the most used products when you are screen printing. For a long time plastisol inks were the most common choice since water based ink was more difficult to use. Plastisol served printers well and created some rad designs. But this oil based ink requires a variety of chemicals for clean up and isn’t sustainable or eco-friendly.

In years since, Ryonet has worked hard to make better water based ink options. Water based inks, like Ryonet’s Green Galaxy HSA Water Based Ink is friendly to the environment, stays wet in the screen longer, requires little or no chemicals for clean up, and looks and feels great on garments. It’s time to stop arguing about plastisol versus water based inks! There are options for both kinds of printing, with benefits to both. Choose what’s best for you, and tell us what you prefer and why in the comments below!

 Check out this video to see Josh talk a little bit more about it:




  • Love, Love, Love your new line of Green Galaxy, I pretty much have been using your clear or opaque core, been doing lots poly blends and sweatshirts with it, lay a base white, and overprint using the opaque core on darks, and man do they look good, wash test have been incredible. Clean up has been a breeze, just water in a spray bottle. Thanks RYONET for pushing the envelope with this new line of inks. We have now tossed out all are plastisol inks, GO GREEN GALAXY!!!!

    • YES! We believe that water based ink is the way of the future, starting with our Green Galaxy inks. So very glad that they have helped you to make the transition. That’s a good idea to layer the Opaque Core on top of white for something thick like sweatshirts. Great ideas! Thank you for sharing!

  • For some reason when I wash my shirts the ink fades out I have been using Green Galaxy Pitch Black and I followed the steps too. I have tries to do it on white and colored shirts but the words fade out when I wash them or start leaking.

    • Hi there! Usually, if your inks are fading or washing out, it means that the inks are under cured. With water base inks, you’ll need to cure your prints longer than plastisol inks. You’re looking to get the inks to 320F, for about 90 seconds! If you need more help, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our Customer Success team at success@ryonet.com or 360-450-6845.

  • I was only aware of plastisol ink and yeah using them was risk as I am allergic to such chemical products. Thank you for sharing , now I can own my custom t-shirt with green galaxy HSA water based ink .

  • Green Galaxy is rad! End of story.

    Not screen printing related, but sounds like the background music was done by the same guy that did the intro for Portlandia….

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