Hi,could someone give me a brief for and against for using plastisol ink as apposed to using water based ink.(I currently use plastisol but am interested in the differences)Thanks
Water based viscosity is much thinner. Plastisol uses it creamy body to cover over textiles and water based is like a dye that colors the threads of the textile. Water based inks do not cover very well over dark fabric, but there are companies that make discharge bases that you can mix pigment into that is just as bright with only one stoke as any plastisol ink over a white base. Plastisol is easier to work with because it takes heat to cure and time on the press is irrelivent. Water base ink tends to dry in the screen if it sits for several minutes, but a flood stroke will give you some more time when left in the mesh. Water based ink is about half the price of plastisol. Water based is best when printed on 100% cotton fabrics.
If you want the name of a company that sells really good water based ink just send me a message. I think the pigment kit is under $200 and includes all pigments to mix any color and the base to make the ink and they'll give you a sample of discharge base free. I suggest mixing your own inks. If you print white get the discharge base and not the ready mix white.
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