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What brand of ink and type would be best for custom made t-shirts?

 
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Default What brand of ink and type would be best for custom made t-shirts?

Hello, I am new to this forum and I would greatly appreciate you guys insight. I made some custom painted t-shirts with Speedball screen printing ink but i heard it smears (haven't washed yet). I paint on 100% cotton white t-shirts. Should I use versatex or permaflex? Acrylic,textile, waterbased, or plastisol? I use an iron to heat set. Sorry for the questions, I'm just new.
 
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You paint on shirts not screen print right?
when using screen printing inks-Plastisol
Inks need to cure @ 330 deg for 20 seconds
 
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Plastisols cure at 320 degrees. No need to hold it there unless you have a heavy deposit. Water base inks can air dry depending on the line you use. Some require a heat set also. The key to water base is driving the water out of the ink so that the pigmant can set into the shirt.
Both ink lines work well for screen printing. You just need to decide what type of feel and look you are going for. Here is an article discussing the differences between the two. Plastisol vs. Water-based Ink for Textile Printing
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Default Re: What brand of ink and type would be best for custom made t-shirts?

Yes both inks work well for screenprinting, but I don't see plastisol working very well for painting. Especially when all the poster has to cure with is an iron.

With that in mind, you want a waterbased textile ink. Brand won't matter too much, though Speedball is considered more of a hobby ink if you wanted to try something different and see if you like the results more.



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Default Re: What brand of ink and type would be best for custom made t-shirts?

i have the same problem
"...I made some custom painted t-shirts with Speedball screen printing ink but i heard it smears (haven't washed yet). I paint on 100% cotton white t-shirts..."

i printed and the cured 3 mins (hot iron) on every single letter because some ink went in places it wasnt suppose to.

my idea was to cure the ink that needed to stay and and hen wash the whole shirt.

when washing the whole shirt the ink started to smudge over the shirt. its white and now its dirty and the ink thats supposed to be good is faded. what to do???

im thinking of doing it over but hand painted.let it dy. and cure it for 5 mins rather than 3 (although 3 mins worked good for some diffferent parts off the shirt.
i read that dish washer helped in removing stains so my ideas is to put dish washer in the areas that are smudged and then put it in the waher machine with detergent and softner to clean it.

what do you think??

please help!! urgent!!
 






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