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Old May 5th, 2013 May 5, 2013 6:21:01 AM -   #1 (permalink)
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what is the best way to cure water based inks at homw without a flash?
 
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Old May 5th, 2013 May 5, 2013 6:33:42 AM -   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: curing water based inks

If you have a tumble dryer that works well and I put them in for 40 mins and have had no problems. You can also use a heat gun but that will be time consuming but you use your heat gun to flash dry your coats of ink... hopefully that helps a little

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Default Re: curing water based inks

What brand ink? A heat press or even an iron will work. Heat gun is still the best option though if you don't have a heat press.
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Default Re: curing water based inks

If you put it in the dryer wouldn't you get ink everywhere?

I'd use a Heat Gun until it sets then put it in the dryer.
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Default Re: curing water based inks

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If you put it in the dryer wouldn't you get ink everywhere?

I'd use a Heat Gun until it sets then put it in the dryer.
You would let it air dry first. Then it won't run.

But using the dryer is the least desirable cure method. A dryer really does not get hot enough to fully cure. You'll have some fading over time. If you use the heat gun, which can get as hot as 900 degrees, you won't need the dryer at all.
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Default curing water based inks

You can air dry on a rack or hanger then use the heat press or dryer method. Most water based systems also have a catalyst that can be added which allows the ink to air cure over 48 hours, no heat needed. But in the end save your profits and get a forced air flash or conveyor dryer as soon as possible. If you are pricing your prints correctly you should have no problem building that kind of capital quickly.
 
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Default Re: curing water based inks

I use permaset aqua and supercover i let dry on a hanger then heat press with an adkins press. Make sure your press is running at the right temp use an infa red thermometer

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I use permaset aqua and supercover i let dry on a hanger then heat press with an adkins press. Make sure your press is running at the right temp use an infa red thermometer

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I'm getting some permaset flown in soon. Will they air dry and a heat gun be sufficient? Our flash cure broke and am waiting for it to be fixed.
 
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Default Re: curing water based inks

Yes but you need to get to full temp. How to Cure Permaset Aqua <---- diffrent curing temps and time. A cloth dryer is regulated at 145F and most have a safety limit at 222F plus or minus a few degrees between brands and models.
 
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