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Old February 5th, 2008 Feb 5, 2008 8:03:15 AM -   #1 (permalink)
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Hey,
Just wondering of those of you who use water based inks, what kind do you use.
how do they print, light ink on dark shirts.
what's the curing process like.

I ask because I want to make shirts, but don't want all the excess baggage that comes with plastisol.
 
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When we print water base on dark shirts we usally use a discharge base, which one depends on the art and the deisred effect. We run it through our 16' chamber gas dryer twice with the belt slowed down.
 
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I ask because I want to make shirts, but don't want all the excess baggage that comes with plastisol.
I'm new to screenprinting and have lots to learn. I'm curious to know what "excess baggage" plasticol presents over water-based ink.

I'm about to receive my "semi-pro" setup from Ryonet and I've been told that I'll be getting plasticol with it. So far I've only used water-based ink in my simple Speedball-based tests.
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just the clean up seems more difficult, cause you have harsher chemicals to deal with.
you need a dryer system.
and plus I really don't like the feel of plastisol.
 
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Also, keep in mind the way you create your screens differ. Water based ink printing requires a more water proof emulsion than plastisol printing.
 
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We use the same emulsion for both water based and plastisol
 
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if you do a long run with w/b you should put hardener on the screen to make your emulsion water proof. this is important if you are doing discharge. stan
 
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Default Re: Water Based inks

I was wondering if this would make a more opaque white on darker shirts:
flood
pass
flood
heat gun over the print for 30-60 seconds
pass

think that would work at all?
 






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