For printing on T-shirts - Ball caps - Sweatshirts
PRINTING: Puff inks will expand in all directions when heated. Because of this it is important to try to lay the ink on top of the garment. This helps the ink puff away from the garment and not into it. Printing on a soft printing surface such as a thin pad of silicone rubber will help leave the ink on the surface of the garment. To get proper coverage it may be necessary to use more than one printing stroke.
CURING: PLASTIPUFF Inks will expand to a durable finish if allowed to reach 310°F (155°C). Flash curing multi-colour prints at lower temperatures is permissible provided all colours reach 310°F at the final curing stage. PLASTIPUFF will produce beautiful multi-colour effects if quickly flash cured between colours. Do not flash long enough to complete the puff process; only to the gel point to avoid pressing into the garment when successive colours are printed over it. Puff the ink on the final cure.
Important Note on Curing: Excellent puffing is achieved at temperatures too low to fully cure the plastisol. It is important to reach the recommended temperature to ensure proper adhesion. If the print cracks when folded, it is not properly cured.
PUFF ADDITIVE: Standard plastisol can be turned into plastisol puff by adding PLPE-9111 Puff Additive to regular PLUE Series plastisol. (For more durable puffing add Super Puff Additive PLFS-E9111 to PATE Athletic Ink). For fluorescent puff ink, add PLPE-9111 Puff Additive to PLUE Series Fluorescent colours. Add Puff Additive at the rate of 1 part additive to 6 parts plastisol BY VOLUME or up to 15% by weight and follow the directions for PLASTIPUFF.
SCREEN FABRIC: Monofilament meshes ranging from 33-76T (14-29T metric) may be used. High ink deposits will produce higher expansion (Best results are obtained by thick stencils to further increase ink deposits). REDUCERS: PLASTIPUFF Inks are supplied Ready For-Use. If necessary use very small amounts of Detack/Reducer. Always stir well to break down false body and determine the actual working viscosity prior to adding reducer. WASHABILITY: Excellent. Do not dry clean. Imprinted areas should not be ironed.
CAUTION: Always pre-test for curing, adhesion, puff height, wash-resistance, etc. before production.
Union Ink does not knowingly add plasticizers containing the phthalates listed and outlined in California Bill 1108, CPSIA HR-4040 and Oeko-tex Standard 100. The plasticizers identified may include di-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), dibutyl phthalate (DBP), benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP), diisononyl phthalate (DINP), diisodecyl phthalate (DIDP), di-n-octyl phthalate (DnOP), (DIBP) Di-iso-butyl, and (DMP) Dimethylphthalate, including esters of ortho-phthalic acid and are not direct ingredients in the manufacture of our Non-Phthalate Inks. Union Ink does not test the final product for amounts of the aforementioned phthalate plasticizers and esters and encourages all users to conduct testing for their intended use.