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Old December 16th, 2010 Dec 16, 2010 5:04:50 PM -   #1 (permalink)
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the last 3 shirts i've printed with waterbased screenprinting ink (permaset aqua) have all come out looking washed out (even before putting them in the wash)...what am i doing wrong?
 
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Default Re: water based ink is washed out

pics could help us.
 
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Default Re: water based ink is washed out

Some pics will surely help. But if what you are trying to say is the ink or colors look faded, then lack of ink deposit may be the cause. What exactly is the ink you are using? I mean, is it for light or dark colored shirts?

Waterbase inks usually have a superwhite or white or opaque series for printing on dark color shirts. And a wetlook or clear or neutral series for light colored shirts. Print the later on dark shirts and you also get a "faded" look. Colors will be muted.



 
 
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Default Re: water based ink is washed out

Permaset Supercover (waterbased inks) that are designed for use over dark fabrics.

i'll send a photo later today when i'm home from work...
 
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Default Re: water based ink is washed out

I use the same inks with no problems. Try the following.

Pull your squeegee across with a flooded screen, after that pull do another pull without any ink. This will push through any ink that may still be sitting in the screen.

If the print still looks dull then hit it with a flash and then do another print. This will surely increase opacity.

Last but not least. If you have Permaset First Down, then print this first, flash it, and then print your colors on top of it.
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