WHAT IS PLASTISOL INK?
WTF IS PLASTISOL INK?
January 15, 2023 9:52:26 AM PST January 15, 2023 9:52:26 AM PSTth, January 15, 2023 9:52:26 AM PST
Plastisol ink is a type of ink that is commonly used in screen printing. It is made up of a suspension of PVC (polyvinyl chloride) particles in a plasticizer. It is the most common ink used for screen printing on textiles, especially for T-shirts and other garments.
Plastisol ink has several advantages over other types of inks:
It is easy to use:
Plastisol ink is easy to mix and print, making it a popular choice among screen printers.
It is versatile:
Plastisol ink can be printed on a wide variety of fabrics and surfaces, including cotton, polyester, and blends.
It is durable:
Plastisol ink is heat-cured, which makes it very durable and resistant to fading, cracking, and peeling. This makes it ideal for items that are washed frequently like T-shirts.
It offers a wide range of colors:
Plastisol ink comes in a wide range of colors, including fluorescents, metallics, and simulated process colors.
It is opaque:
Plastisol ink is opaque and can be printed over other colors or designs without bleeding through.
One of the potential disadvantages of plastisol ink is that it has a plastic-like feel and does not have the softness of water-based inks. At Awesome Merchandise we mitigate this by using softening agents in the ink and using the highest quality screen printing equipment and meshes to ensure a thin layer of soft ink is used.
Additionally, it requires heat curing to dry and set, which can be an added step in the printing process. For larger screen printing shops that have industrial drying machines this is not too big a deal and companies tend to cure dry both plastisol and waterbase inks in the same industrial dryers.
Overall, plastisol ink is a versatile and durable ink that is widely used in the screen printing industry for a variety of applications, especially for T-shirts and other garments.