Plastisol Special Bases

Flexi Base (EC 1100)

Flexi Base when added to Eco-Plas inks will greatly increase the stretchability of the cured print. Add 10 - 30%, the more base added the greater the stretch. The addition of Flexiscreen base will also reduce the resulting inks opacity and printers should balance the amount of stretchability needed with opacity.

Metallic Base (EC 1206)

Eco-Plas Metallic Base is a crystal clear plastisol to which metallic or glitter powders can be added to make bright metallic or glitter inks. You would also use this base to make up phosphorescent ink. The Metallic Base can also be used as a gloss overprint varnish.

Soft Reducer (EC 7001)

This is a very potent reducer, use between 1 and 4% to get maximum effect. N.B. Caution: Mixings in excess of 5% will make plastisol un-reactive to heat and stop it from curing properly.

Curable Reducer (EC 7009)

Curable Reducer is an eco and user friendly alternative to solvent reducers. Curable Reducer as the name suggests is a plastisol reducer that cures in the ink. The exact opposite of solvent reducers that evaporate out during the curing process, thus reducing the ink film weight and filling up your print shop with solvent fumes. Curable Reducer will quickly decrease the tack of the ink as well as reduce the inks viscosity. Lowering the tack will improve the wet on wet printability and lowering the viscosity will make the ink easier to print through finer meshes as well as making the finished print softer to the touch. The addition of Curable reducer will not effect the wash fastness. The addition of between 1 and 5% of Curable Reducer will have little or no effect on the inks opacity. (More than 5% may effect the opacity.)

Soft Hand Base (EC 8003)

Soft Hand Base is used to decrease the tack of plastisol ink and increase the volume of the ink. It will only slightly reduce the inks viscosity. It will improve the wet on wet printability as well as increasing the inks mileage. Large additions of Soft Hand Base (up to 50%) will make the ink easier to print through finer meshes as well as making the finished print softer to the touch. This base is used to make opaque plastisol inks more suitable for printing onto white fabric as well as decreasing the cost of the coloured ink. You can add as much Soft Hand Base as you like to a plastisol it will not effect the wash fastness.

Neutral Extender (EC 8100)

This base is used to extend the volume of our opaque plastisol colours. The addition of this base will not seriously affect their opacity but can help to reduce overall costs when printing onto lighter coloured fabrics.

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Plastisol Thickner

Thickener Two (EC 7005)

Thickener Powder is a very fine powder that when mixed into any ink will drastically increase the resulting viscosity. Care should be used when using this product as it is easily air-borne.

Plastisol Curing Aid

Eco Bond Plastisol Curing Aid EC 1033

Eco Bond Catalyst when added to plastisol inks will increase there hardness and help them to adhere to Nylon and other difficult fabrics. To improve adhesion to the nylon material, wipe the print area first with a Ketone soaked rag to remove any water proof coating. Allow 24 hours before testing print adhesion and durability. The Eco Bond can also be added to aid curing of plastisol inks when printing onto a temperature sensitive substrate. Once the addition of Eco bond is made to the ink, the ink will remain usable for 8 hours before going hard. The catalysed ink cannot be left in the mesh over night. Recommended addition is 3 – 10%.

Plastisol Technical Note

Our Plastisol based textile inks require heat to cure. Our recommended curing schedule for most of our Plastisol inks is 180º centigrade for 2 minutes. We recommend a wash test is carried out before commencing a print run. This is only a guide as under some conditions you may need to increase the dwell but not temperature. A catalyst can be added to aid adhesion and the curing process.

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