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The Benefits of Ink Prep Prior to Printing

Wilfex Perfect White Low Bleed Plastisol Ink

Last year we launched Wilflex LAVA Low Bleed White Ink. In the typical Ryonet and Wilflex Fashion, we wanted to make it better. The following summer after we launched the ink, we made improvements and upgraded the Lava Low Bleed Ink to our Perfect White Low Bleed Plastisol Ink. The goal of this was to make the ink print just as well as the Lava Low Bleed, but also improve its ability to be flashed and make the opacity of the ink more optimized for production. The non-phthalate finished ink is a perfect balance of vibrant color, creaminess, and opacity. The increased opacity of the ink helps printers get to color quicker while printing, even when using fine mesh sizes. This results in the best press performance and color design.

The ink is designed to work well with both manual and automatic printers. You won’t have to worry about ink bleed or dye migration while printing. Perfect White is great for cotton, cotton blends, and polyester blends. The prints turn out soft to the touch, are matte in finish, and are eye-catching.

Is it Actually Perfect?

So, you might wonder is it perfect like the name entails? For our initial market test, we partnered with Printed Threads, a shop based in Texas, to test the LAVA Perfect White Ink. Bret, the owner of Printed Threads, let us know that the ink was warm and flowy in Texas, and therefore printing as it was designed to.

We started to get some feedback that the ink was not printing or flooding as well in other areas of the country. We set out to find out why with another wave of testing. Danny, from Denver Print House in Colorado, was happy to help us out. He let us know that the ink was working wonderfully for him even though he is in a colder climate. You see, it isn’t about the temperature of the surroundings, but is instead about the ink prep work. All three of the gallons Danny tested past his expectations.

It’s All About the Ink Prep Work

In order to make ink work correctly, you need to properly prep it. If you take cold ink right out of the bucket and place it on the screen, it will try to climb. You need to prep the ink before loading it onto the press. You can prep the ink by mixing it with a drill. This helps modulate it and begins the process of warming up the molecules that help with the ink flow. Another way to prep for cold weather conditions is to warm your pallets to 120 degrees celsius with a flash unit. Let the ink sit on the screen so when you print it the ink will not climb. Cold ink that you pull straight from the bucket tends to be stiff. It has a hard time sheering and flashing. This causes less than stellar outcomes. Putting the time in to do the ink prep work before printing will help reduce any problems you might face.

If you are curious about learning more about screen printing ink, check out Which White is the Right White and Printing White on A Carded Cotton Shirt.

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