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Wilflex ink to match One Stroke NP Dry-Fit White

 
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Default Wilflex ink to match One Stroke NP Dry-Fit White

I have been using One Stroke NP Dry-Fit White for our 100% polyester jobs for the past couple years. Trouble is, I mainly use Wilflex inks and have a different supplier. A while back Wilflex Poly ink was simply awful - like concrete to try and mix, and stringy as mozzarella cheese on a hot pizza to work with. The NP Dry-fit is creamy smooth and hardly needs to be stirred.

I know Wilflex has gone through many changes in recent years in specializing their inks. I'm looking at Epic Top Score white to replace the One Stroke Ink. Anyone have any experience in using this on 100% Poly shirts that would be willing to share your view? Or is there another Wilflex product you'd recommend?

Reasons for my desire to change are mostly price and being able to buy from one supplier (and getting free freight) rather than two.
 
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Default Re: Wilflex ink to match One Stroke NP Dry-Fit White

Though nobody posted, I thought I'd update my progress. I spoke with a Wilflex CSR and decided to go with the Wilflex Epic Top Score White. I ran out of One-Stroke NP Dry Fit white today and opened the Top Score. First impressions is that it is much better than the old Wilflex Poly White, but not nearly as creamy as the NP Dry Fit white - i.e. still a little stringy and stiffer. I haven't actually put this in a screen yet. Hope I'm pleasantly surprised...
 
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Default Re: Wilflex ink to match One Stroke NP Dry-Fit White

You've been at this long enough to probably know these tricks but:

1. Before use / while printing, set the ink somewhere just warm enough to help loosen it up, but not hot enough to cure it of course.

2. Mix the ink well in the bucket.

3. Work the ink on the screen if you have room before printing.

4. Pre-heat the shirts/platen.
 
 
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Default Re: Wilflex ink to match One Stroke NP Dry-Fit White

Since I only run our press as a fill-in when our regular printer is not available or we have heavy demand, I've only done a couple of jobs with the Wilflex Epic Top Score white. Again, it is not as creamy as the One Stroke NP Dry Fit, even after heavy mixing in the bucket, and the stringy mess in the screen kind of drives me nuts. It sticks to the squeegee making long strings when you've finished your stroke. It does seem to get better well into use (like after 20-30 minutes) both in creaminess and some of the stringiness. The Dry Fit has a hint of puff in the ink that helps the white fill and puff out of the shirt fibers. There is none of that in the Epic Top Score. The Top Score does a good job, both for underbase and highlight white. I'm satisfied with the end product, just not thrilled with the working texture in the screen. The lower price and easy availability to me will likely push me to stick with the Wilflex, but I hope they continue to work on creaminess in the future.
 






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