Are you using waterbased or strong solvent inks? therefore you have suffered the pain and stress when ink dries in the screen … yes lots of hassle and much time spent power washing screens only the have the constant reminder of the design stained in the screens (if you are lucky).
Might be time to check out ‘Safewash NE Gel’ an essential aid for any busy waterbased or solvent ink based screen printer. Ideal for schools, colleges, print clubs where lots of screens are being made – Safewash extends the time taken for the ink on a used screen to dry following printing.
It reduces ink staining, reduces the cleaning effort and gives you up to an hour before reclaiming (see Application below). In busy print shops, studios and classrooms often more used screens are produced than can be cleaned at that time. Safewash NE Gel begins to dissolve the printed ink whilst slowing down the drying of the screen. It is non hazardous making it great for schools, colleges and print clubs.
How to use it?
After printing is complete, remove the excess ink and apply the Safewash NE Gel generously to both sides of the screen with a brush ensuring that all the ink has been covered. The screen can now stand at room temperature for up to an hour (depending on the temperature of the room and the curing speed of the ink) before the screen will require reclaiming.
When reclaiming, first rinse down the screen on both sides using mains pressure water. Ensure that all of the ink and the Safewash NE gel has been removed before adding stencil remover to the screen. We would recommend High Strength Stencil Stripper or Stencil Stripper GEL. Brush the stencil strip into the stencil until it has completely softened and then remove with main pressure water followed by high pressure water spray. If any stains from the ink or stencil material are remaining, remove with WPS Superstain remover, KC or WM Haze remover.
Then checkout the new Union Silextreme Silicone Ink Range, which gives stunning results.
- Ideal for Spandex / Lycra, Cotton / Poly blends, Nylon, 100% Polyester and Sublimated Garments
- Ideal for Performance Athletic garments, swimwear and Spandex / Lycra sports wear.
- Gives very soft and flexible hand
- Low curing temperature reducing risk of dye migration
- Print is very elastic, print always recovers to its printed position (good print memory)
- Prints can be ironed
Need to improve stencil quality and turnaround time but don’t want to break the bank? then its time to consider LED technology which is quick, long lasting, environmentally friendly and gives accurate stencils. Now available with integrated drying cabinet – prices start at £3210 ex VAT for the 60 x 80cm unit (up to 23 x 31″ screens).
Need more info on exposure units then check out our blog article.
Have you checked our blog archive, we have some great posts that will help your business.
Wishing all customers a Merry Christmas and a Prosperous 2017.
Screen Inks and Solvents (SISS) will close at 5pm on Friday 23rd December and re-open on Tuesday 3rd January 2017. For small orders to be guaranteed to go out in time for Christmas they will need to be placed with us by close of business Thursday 22nd December.
New for December 2016
The new WPS SuperFlex Waterbased inks, ECO friendly, highly opaque, slow drying times (yes keeps wet in the screen), really easy to print with and quick cure times. The white is the most opaque available in the market.
When is the right point to invest in a tunnel dryer?
Do I need a Tunnel Dryer?
Is my screen printing business big enough for a tunnel dryer?
Answers to these questions and many others on our sister website Home – WPS Panther Tunnel Dryers
Union Ink Silextreme Silicone Ink Range Now Online
Union Silextreme silicone inks are based on cutting edge silicone polymers for delivering the ultimate stretch and feel on the latest performance fabrics. These inks have been innovatively designed to bring out the strengths and benefits of silicone chemistry to your textile screen printing operation.
The Silexteme Silicone Inks are Best in Class giving the following benefits :-
Ideal for Spandex / Lycra, Cotton / Poly blends, Nylon, 100% Polyester and Sublimated Garments (don’t recommend on 100% cotton, especially ring spun garments)
Ideal for Performance Athletic garments, swimwear and Spandex / Lycra sports wear.
Gives very soft and flexible hand
Low curing temperature reducing risk of dye migration
Print is very elastic, print always recovers to its printed position (good print memory)
Prints can be ironed