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Using Ulano QTX with Water-based Inks?

 
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Old October 7th, 2016 Oct 7, 2016 3:57:12 AM -   #1 (permalink)
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Default Using Ulano QTX with Water-based Inks?

Good morning all! This is my first post but I have learned a LOT just from reading previous posts, so thanks for all the info! I'm pretty much a hobbyist at this point so I can learn the trade and possibly grow a bit.

I'm posting because I just can't find the answer to this (and I'm sure it's an easy one.) When I purchased Ulano QTX the description advised it was for both plastisol and water-based inks. When I went to start the process of making my first shirt, I realized it said it's only water resistant with diazo added.

I currently have only 1 plastisol ink (Union Ink Max Opaque EZ Print White) and the rest are water based that I was going to try out (Permaset aqua supercover and Jacquard opaques).

So, silly question: When they are advising to add "diazo", is that just a shorter term for diazo sensitizer? Also, how do I figure out how much to add? I'm probably only making 1 screen at a time -- does the sensitizer have a shelf life once mixed with water? Lastly, can I just grab some of the Speedball Sensitizer? I don't have many suppliers around here and don't really need to buy anything else to meet minimum shipping requirements for online orders of a different product. It'd be great to be able to just grab this on AMZ with Prime or something, and I'd hate to sink even more money into another emulsion just yet.

Thanks so much for your help everyone!
 
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Default Re: Using Ulano QTX with Water-based Inks?

Hey there

After looking it up online it says the Ulano QTX is for plastisol.

Usually an emulsion comes with with the diazo (aka diazo sensitizer.)

Did you contact the supplier? See what they suggest for their product.

Generally. Most water based emulsions are dual cure.
Pre-sensitized is usually for plastisol. Of course there are some emulsions that don't fit that description. When in doubt. Always ask the supplier just to double check.


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Default Re: Using Ulano QTX with Water-based Inks?

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When I purchased Ulano QTX the description advised it was for both plastisol and water-based inks. When I went to start the process of making my first shirt, I realized it said it's only water resistant with diazo added.

I currently have only 1 plastisol ink (Union Ink Max Opaque EZ Print White) and the rest are water based that I was going to try out (Permaset aqua supercover and Jacquard opaques).

So, silly question: When they are advising to add "diazo", is that just a shorter term for diazo sensitizer? Also, how do I figure out how much to add? I'm probably only making 1 screen at a time -- does the sensitizer have a shelf life once mixed with water? Lastly, can I just grab some of the Speedball Sensitizer? I don't have many suppliers around here and don't really need to buy anything else to meet minimum shipping requirements for online orders of a different product. It'd be great to be able to just grab this on AMZ with Prime or something, and I'd hate to sink even more money into another emulsion just yet.

Thanks so much for your help everyone!
One man's experience here, but I used Ulano QTX exclusively for wb printing for a year and my stencils show no visible deterioration with moderate to heavy use. You don't have to add any sensitizer or anything to it. It rules. I just switched up to Ryonet's Cryocoat to save a couple bucks and am happy with that too so far. Used the QTX with both wb ink brands you mentioned. Have fun and good luck!
 
 
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Default Re: Using Ulano QTX with Water-based Inks?

Murikami sells a reclaimable hardener to use with their photopolymer emulsions. You wipe it on a dry screen and let dry before using. They also sell one that you can't reclaim, so make sure you get one that you can.
Unless it's a long run of shirts, most emulsions will hold up with waterbased.
 






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