Plastisol inks are widely used in garment printing. They are easy to print, do not dry in the screen, can be very opaque on dark garments, and will adhere to most textiles. They are composed primarily of two ingredients, PVC resin (a white powder) and plasticizer (a thick, clear liquid). Plastisol inks have one outstanding characteristic, they must be heated to dry. They will not dry, or cure, at normal temperatures. For a complete cure, they must reach (143-166º C).
A more modern type of ink which is called discharge ink is also becoming more popular on 100% cotton garments where the ink of the garment is discharged out leaving a very soft feel print.
Screen printing is the most traditional way of printing a garment as the process allows you to print on a large variety of materials like Cotton, Polyester and variations of both as well as being able to print in a large variety of positions on a garment.
Inks for screen printing can also provide different
looks, feels and textures depending on what the given result has to be.
Plastisol and discharge prints
Plastisol Screen print on a hoodie
2 colour Plastisol Print
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