Excalibur® 550 Series (Direct Print) – High Opacity Plastisol

Excalibur® 550 Series (Direct Print) – High Opacity Plastisol
  • Excalibur® 550 Series (Direct Print) - High Opacity

Starting at $22.15

Ultra High Opacity When Printing on Dark Colors!

 

Print Directly on Dark Fabric with No White Underbase!

 

Ideal for use with Machine or Hand Screen Printing

 

550 Series High Opacity Plastisol Inks are ultra high opacity colours for direct screen printing. In most cases, 550 Series High Opacity Plastisol Inks can be screen printed directly onto dark fabrics or garments without using a white underbase. 550 Series Inks have excellent washability and a very soft hand feel when screen printed. These inks are extremely opaque and are designed for screen printing on dark fabric. 550 Series inks can be used on 100% cotton and most cotton blends. 550 Series High Opacity Plastisol Inks are available in a range of popular colours including fluorescent ink colours. 550 Series inks can be used with 500 Series inks.

 

Technical Details:

 

For Direct Printing:

 

Stencil: All types
Mesh: 40 to 305/inch (16T to 122T/cm). Choice of mesh depends on deposit and opacity required.
Reducer: 501 Curable Reducer or 502 Reducer may be added to the ink. 501 Curable Reducer can be used in virtually any amount and will soften hand, reduce viscosity and extend the ink. Excessive amounts may reduce the opacity. 502 Viscosity Reducer can be used in limited amounts (no more than 3-5%) to achieve the desired consistency. Limited amounts of 502 Reducer will duplicate the look and feel of water based prints. The only minor drawback is that as you increase the amount used, the plastisol loses some stretch and abrasion resistance. Excessive amounts may increase curing times. **Please note that inks should be thoroughly stirred prior to printing, inks are thixotropic and will naturally reduce with stirring.
Squeegee: Use a medium (70) durometer.
Curing: Full cure can be reached when the entire ink film reaches 320F (160C). Light colours may require longer periods to obtain this temperature.Tests for product compatibility should always be conducted prior to production runs. Note: The amount of time it takes for the ink to reach a curing temperature will depend on the colour and thickness of the ink deposit. Curing is a time and temperature relationship. The longer the time or the higher the temperature or combination of these, the faster the cure. Temperature strips can be used to help read the temperature of the ink film, temperature guns can help read the surface temperature of the ink film. The absolute test is whether the print will stand repeated washings. An initial test to determine cure is, after curing allow the garment to cool to room temperature, the print should feel dry and firm when rubbed with your thumb. It should be able to stretch and relax without excessive cracking.
Clean up: TR-Blend or 2000 Green

 

For Cold Peel Transfers:

 

Paper: Transfert 75, Transfilm 100M, Texture 160
Stencil: All types
Mesh: 80 to 125/inch (33T to 50T/cm).
Reducer: If necessary 501 Curable Reducer may be added in small amounts. **Please note that inks should be thoroughly stirred prior to printing, inks are thixotropic and will naturally reduce with stirring.
Squeegee: Use a medium (70) durometer.
Method: Print plastisol onto release paper. The ink must be semi-cured or gelled through a dryer. It is important not to fully cure the ink. The easiest way to check is to peel away the ink film after drying. If it is not wet but breaks apart easily, the ink is probably over-cured. If ink is over-cured, poor transfer to fabric and poor washability will result.
Adhesive Methods: Powder Method (for increased durability): To increase the durability of your transfer, Superhold powder or a C Series powder can be applied to each layer of wet ink before going thru the dryer. Printable Adhesive Method: After gelling the last colour in your design, print an overprint of printable adhesive (841/845) using a 60-60/inch (24T-32T/cm) mesh. Gel through the dryer. For extra durability an adhesive powder may be applied to the wet printable adhesive.
Clean up: TR-Blend or 2000 Green
Transfer Application: Transfer your image at 350F (177C) for 10-15 seconds with medium pressure.

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