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I'm just wondering what people think the best inks and emulsions are to use, and what the best supplier in the uk is?

It just seems hard to find a supplier in the UK that has a good selections of makes and products.
 

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youre going to get answer from best on what their opinion of "the best" is. Try some products and you will find what you think to be the best.

emulsion = chromaline
ink = union, triangle
 

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I have used cci dual cure dxp emulsion and have had very good results ...I have also used saati textile pc and have had good results from that also, I am thinking about making the switch from the dxp to the saati only because of the longer shelf life of the saati.....

inks I use willflex and have had good sucess .

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youre going to get answer from best on what their opinion of "the best" is. Try some products and you will find what you think to be the best.

emulsion = chromaline
ink = union, triangle
People's opinions are exactly what I'm looking for, so as that I can get to see what different products there are and get a general idea of what people have thought about them.
 

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People's opinions are exactly what I'm looking for, so as that I can get to see what different products there are and get a general idea of what people have thought about them.

i get ya.


also take into account what you can buy locally. If its down to two or three brands and one you can get by driving down to a supply house and the others you have to pay to have shipped in, its a good idea to go with the local stuff.

Worse case is if you are using a red ink that is shipped in and you run out for some reason. Then you go to the local place and buy sme red and it doesnt match the red you were already using. If you used the local guy it wouldnt be a big issue.

Good thing for me Union Ink is a 15 ride and NJ has 3 nice sized supply houses in a distance close enough that if in an emergency i can get what i need and be back in time to fill an order.
 

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Just switched from CCI dual cure dxp pink to chromaline UDC emulsion and have been really happy, exposes well, coats well, and reclaims 10 time quicker/easier than the dxp pink. About 2 minutes in the dip tank and the screens come out almost clear.

As for inks we are currently changing over to wilflex inks, in the past have used IC and union as well. For a cotton white Wilflex bright tiger is the best we've used. For a low
Bleed/ poly white, union diamond white is pretty good, and wilflex poly white. We have both in the shop. Stay away from IC poly white, it's like printing shiny hard plastic, at least that was our
Experience with it. I heard they may have had a bad lot around the time we were using it, not sure if that was the case.
 

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For emulsion I'm very fond of Murakami PhotoCure BLU. I find that it cleans up a lot easier then past emulsions. It has a durable stencil and reclaims very easy.

In terms of ink, for me, it varies. My favorite white inks have been Wilflex Xtreme white, International Coatings white and QCM Creamy Glacier white. I print primarily on 50/50 blends and 100% cotton and have great results. It is easy to work with if printing manually. I've noticed they have a low after flash tack so they work great as under base whites also. The international coatings white is really nice, but the body of the ink changes drastically over time and especially if your shop gets really cold. Wilflex and QCM have a great body consistency in my opinion.

For color ink, Triangle inks are pretty nice. When I print wet on wet I like using International Coatings colored inks through high mesh. I'm going to try out some of the Ryopaque inks soon. I'd also like to try Union inks.. I hear good things.

Just experiment with different inks and pick the inks best suited for your most common printing applications.
 
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