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Screen print focus – Plastisol ink

Plastisol ink is the most commonly used ink for screen printing garments, but what exactly is it and when should you be using it?

In this screen print focus, Dixon, our screen print guru talks you through the ins and outs Plastisol ink.

What is Plastisol ink and how is it used in screen printing?

Plastisol ink is basically an unset plastic which comes in a paste/liquid form. The main feature of Plastisol ink is that it doesn’t dry, so it’s a very versatile ink to use.

It’s cured by hitting a strike temperature which sets the plastic, making it wash proof. It has to get to about 170 degrees, once it gets to that point it hardens the plastic and sets it.

What are the advantages of using Plastisol ink to screen print onto garments?

You get a lot more consistency with using Plastisol ink  and it’s easier to colour match.

 

Whereas with discharge printing you can have a lot of variants, with Plastisol you’ll get consistency across all garments. It will also print on just about anything, including synthetic fabrics which some other inks won’t work on.

Screen print, plastisol ink, Awesome Merchandise, custom t-shirt

When would you advise looking at other types of ink?

If you have a t-shirt with a really big print area on it, then it can feel quite heavy, being a plastic. So with Plastisol I would always be wary of putting too much ink down, especially with the inks like white when they are quite viscous and heavy.

Any tips for people looking to screen print with Plastisol ink?

Less is sometimes more with Plastisol. You get a better result by not going too heavy with it!

Want to find out more about different printing techniques? Try our discharge print and water-based ink screen print focuses.

 

Already know what you want for your design? Check out our wide range of garments, ready and waiting for you to get creative with!

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