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Old April 19th, 2019 Apr 19, 2019 5:54:49 AM -   #1 (permalink)
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Hello everyone!

I got some International Coatings process inks and the Cyan, Magenta, and Yellow are nice and smooth but the Black is super thick. Like so thick that it won't clear the screen well without putting too much pressure on it which of course affects the print colors.

Does anone have any experience with thinning these inks? I don't want to affect the opacity.

I dont have any curable reducer right now but I have some modifier from Atlas that I could splash in there and it does a good job, Ive just nevery tried with process inks.

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Unless you're really in a time crunch for getting the job finished, I would call your supplier and tell them to replace the ink. In a pinch, you can use reducer or you can thin out some regular black plastisol.
 
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Thanks for your reply!

The problem is that I bought that ink quite a while ago for experimental purposes and now I have an actual job calling for it so I think I should just buy a new quart.

I don't think it would go over well to call my supplier and try to get them to replace a quart that I bought probably a year and a half ago.

I'm tempted to see what a regular black plastisol would look like but if somebody is paying for this I think I should give them the bast quality that I can.

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Or the BEST quality that I can!
 
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I've used regular black plastisol before and it works ok.
 
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Hi. I have the same brand CMYK quarts and they have the same opacity as far as I remember. Shouldn't have a noticeable difference in opacity. As you said, if you have to press harder than the other 3 colors then the end result will be not what you intended. I would ask the supplier first, since as you said the other 3 colors didnt thicken with time even though as old as the black.
 






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