International Coatings

International Coatings

International Coatings Inks

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We stock a wide variety of International Coatings inks:

  • 700 Series Direct Print Opaque Plastisol
  • 800 Series Pantone Matching (PMS) Opaque Plastisol *50% OFF Close-Out*
  • 900 Series Nylon Direct Print 2-Part Commercial Plastisol
  • 7100 Series Performance Pro - Super Athletic Jersey Plastisol
  • Multipurpose Series Direct Print and Heat Transfer
  • Additives & Modifiers 

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International Coatings - What Inks to Use on Different Fabrics

What to Use and When To Use It

The type of fabric or material will ultimately determine what type of ink to use. The following is a guideline of what inks to use for specific material.

100% Cotton:

Generally speaking 100% cotton fabric is the easiest material to print on. Most all standard plastisol inks like International Coatings 700 Series will work fine. The standard cure temperature of between 320 degrees to 325 degrees F will not effect most cotton garments. The only choice you need to make is a standard opacity or high opacity ink due to what color shirts are being printed.
  50/50:

A 50/50 garment is just what is says. It is 50% cotton and 50% polyester. The possible issue with 50/50 garments is with dye migration or as we call it in the industry bleeding. Polyester dyes migrate or bleed when they are subjected to heat. A good example of this is a white print on a red shirt that turns pink after curing due to the red polyester dyes migrating through the white ink film and turning it pink. The best solution for printing on 50/50 garments is to use a good low bleed white like the International Coatings 7014 Legacy White or 711 Low Temp White.
  Performance Fabric:

One of the newest materials being printed today is what I call Performance Fabric. These are the moisture wicking 100% polyester materials that also have good stretch. Since the materials are 100% polyester, these materials are very susceptible to dye migration. These materials also can have a shrinking issue when they are cured at a full 325 degrees. For these materials I would recommend the International Coatings 7100 Performance Pro series. This series has excellent bleed resistance as well as good stretch and will cure at a lower temperature of 285 degrees to help reduce shrinkage.


 
     
Nylon:

One of the specialty materials many printers get requests to print on is nylon. Nylon is a man made material that has very slick fibers almost like fishing line. Due to the fact that these fibers do not offer a lot for the ink to grab on to, a catalyst is used with the ink to promote adhesion. The International Coatings 900 Series Nylon ink has been specifically designed for printing on nylon. This series has been the ink of choice for some of the largest nylon printers in the country. The 900 Series will exhibit a very hard and durable ink film that is required for nylon.
Polypropylene:

Another popular material now being used for reusable bags is non woven polypropylene. This material is very popular for these bags but has some drawbacks for the printer. The biggest issue is that this material will not take the full 325 degrees for a full cure without melting. To achieve a good print on the bags that is fully cured, my recommendation is the International Coatings 900 Series Nylon with the addition of the 3804 Low Temp Cure Additive. With the addition of 6% of the 3804 Low Temp Cure Additive into the 900 Series Nylon ink you will be able to get a full cure at 285 degrees and achieve the proper cure with a nice hard ink film. Due to the fact that the non woven polypropylene bags are not a slick fiber material, no catalyst is needed when printing on these bags.

written by John Levocz
International Coatings Company, Inc.



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