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Thinning Waterbased Inks (Not White)

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Old 1 Week Ago Jun 18, 2017 10:32:37 AM -   #1 (permalink)
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Default Thinning Waterbased Inks (Not White)

I've got a customer who wants a vintage patriotic look to their inks, very much faded into the shirt. I've got no worries about the hand of course, but what would you all do to thin red/blue inks?

Add more clear ink base?

Add water?

Something else?
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Default Re: Thinning Waterbased Inks (Not White)

Discharge onto a cotton/poly blend would be my guess of the look he wants. But barring that as an option ...

I would experiment with both things you suggested, together and separately. There is no doubt a limit as to how far you can go with water alone before it dilutes the base too much to get a proper cure. Probably want to avoid flashing, other than between colors.
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