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The Ultimate White Ink Tip Thread

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Hey guys, I am a hobby screen printer that accidentally found myself with a garage full of professional screen printing equipment after seeing the cheap kit at the craft store. Little did I know that making cool shirts for my friends and I was more than just dragging color over dope screens. Being bikers we mostly only wear black shirts so, white ink was my first and mostly only experience. It's been an awesome 3 years learning everything from design and software to manual press printing techniques. I though since there was so many white ink problem posts we could make a thread that has all the quick tips on printing white ink on black shirts. Maybe even make this a sticky thread. I will start.

White ink is think because it has more solids so it can be opaque enough to cover and pop on dark garnets. I tried many tricks to loosen up the ink before printing. At first I put the ink next to a hot light and that only made the ink cure and get stiffer. Haha. Next I tried the curable reducer but that makes it not cover as well. Now I take some Triangle Phoenix White (which I believe is low bleed) from the bucket (gallon size for me) and I put a jobs worth in a pint container. From there it is very easy to stir with either a metal scoop I got from Ace Screen Print or a standard wooden paint stir stick. This is much easier than trying to stir a ton in the container or using a drill which is a tough clean up. You simply scrape the flat parts of the stick or metal scoop back in the pint container and you're good to go. Less work, less mess. When you are done use the small metal scoop to scrape your screen and put the excess in back in the pint. Also makes much less waste of expensive ink. Prints with milky ease and buttery smooth. Give it a try.

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