Catspit Productions offers a tested and approved plastisol textile ink for screen printing shirts and other garments. This is a very inexpensive ink reviewed and tested by Jonathan. This plastisol textile ink tends to be on the thinner side in comparison to most plastisol inks. They are easy to work with and learn with as a beginner yet these inks will perform well enough to please the most experienced screen printer. The colors are bright and intense with excellent wash ability and durability. It is recommended that all regular colors be printed on a white under base. This ink is priced right and made in the USA. Try it today and we are sure you’ll be very happy.
Some colors are only available in gallons for stocking reasons. *Plastisol inks may require up to 3 days to fulfill due to stock.
The color swatches here are approximate representations from the color chart. Please remember computer monitors will display color swatches differently according to their color settings and/or profiles.
Tips And Advice For Working With Plastisol Screen Printing Inks
1) Plastisol inks are thixotropic therefore the more you mix and/or stir them, the thinner and creamier they will get. Working the ink on screen will also make it thinner as you print such as is the case with automatic presses.
2) The ambient room temperature can affect the thickness of plastisol ink. The colder it is the thicker it will be. Therefore it is wise to store inks, especially high opacity inks, at room temperature between 74 and 84 degrees F.
3) Adding reducers, soft hand base or thinners to high opacity inks will change their ink flow characteristics and reduce the opacity. Since these inks are formulated to be opaque it is illogical to add anything to the more expensive high opacity plastisol inks.
4) If you notice a clear, watery solution sitting on the top of your plastisol ink in the bucket then you need to mix it very well. The clear liquid is the plasticizer and that is what rubberizes the ink. The plastisol ink will not print or bond to the fabric properly unless mixed thoroughly so there is no clear liquids visibly present sitting on top of the ink.
5) Keep the plastisol ink containers tightly closed when not in use. Long periods of exposure to air will not only invite dust and debris but it may also thicken the ink up over time.
6) Plastisol inks begin to gel at about 175 to 250 degrees F so it is important to make sure plastisol inks do not get over heated for any reason. Semi gelled plastisol inks will not print well and may present bonding issues.
7) If your screen printing supplies dealer sells you an ink additive to solve a problem you are complaining about you should seriously consider changing suppliers. At Catspit Productions we do not sell you secondary products to fix and compensate for a product that fails to meet up to your expectations. We either replace it or take it back with a full refund.
8) Plastisol inks cure at 330 degrees F. This can take up to 1 minute or longer depending on how much ink is actually printed on the garment. Be sure to do cure tests to see that the ink is fully cured otherwise it will washout during repeated washings in the laundry.
9) When printing plastisol inks on polyester garments, you may need to use a polyester white ink under base to prevent dye migration. That’s when the dye in the shirt seeps into the plastisol ink and discolors it. This can happen with 50/50 poly cotton shirts and 100% polyester.
10) High humidity in the shop area when curing plastisol inks can be a problem. Either use a dehumidifier or run the garments through the belt dryer immediately prior to printing. Heavy 100% cotton fleece garments can hold a lot of moister and need time to dry out.