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Curing Discharge Inks with 5 Foot Conveyer Dryer

 
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Old December 4th, 2010 Dec 4, 2010 10:43:47 PM -   #1 (permalink)
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Default Curing Discharge Inks with 5 Foot Conveyer Dryer

Hey everyone,

Up until now, we've solely been using plastisol inks for all of our work.. We're curious to start experimenting with discharge and water based printing as some of our clients have requested us to do so.

I know curing water based inks requires a slightly different process than that of plastisol and was wondering if our current set up would work. As a newer, smaller company we've gotten by with our 5 foot long Ranar conveyor dryer. I understand that scorching the shirt, and keeping the curing temp at a constant is necessary.Will this work at all when printing water based with our current set up? For example, would running the shirt through the dyer a couple times suffice? Or is a longer, forced air dryer key?

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Run it through at the same degree as plastisol, only twice.
 
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Open the doors on the ends if it has doors) to let the steam out, cut your belt speed down to keep the shirt in the tunnel for 90 sec. or more (check with the ink mfgr. for guidance) at the recommended temp. I've done plasticharge the same way and one trip through does the job on a CAPS dryer with no vent. One way to test for sure is to print 2 shirts and send the 2nd one through a second time, then compare the two shirts. If they're identical, you only need to send them through once.
 
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Default Re: Curing Discharge Inks with 5 Foot Conveyer Dryer

When I was using a 5' workhorse dryer, I would move the flash over the end of the dryer to give it more heat. The little Workhorse dryers don't slow down enough so I had to improvise.
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Default Re: Curing Discharge Inks with 5 Foot Conveyer Dryer

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When I was using a 5' workhorse dryer, I would move the flash over the end of the dryer to give it more heat. The little Workhorse dryers don't slow down enough so I had to improvise.

Very smart.
gotta keep that one in mind!
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Default Re: Curing Discharge Inks with 5 Foot Conveyer Dryer

i have been studying this at uni the past few weeks, we have been using a bullet steamer to set the discharge into the fabrics. the same as using a procien dye system. i never heard of using a belt dryer to cure the discharge, but let me now how it goes.
 






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