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Water Based Inks

Water based inks offer an alternative to garment printers from the standard Plastisol inks used in most shops, with several advantages. They are a more environmentally-friendly product, allow for easy color mixing, and quick cleanup using only water.

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Should I Use Water Based Inks?

Why Consider
Water Based Inks?

Water based inks can offer several advantages over standard plastisol inks.  Perhaps the biggest advantage is their ability to mix the ink colors you need.  Some series even offer exact formulations to match PMS colors.  Water based inks are a more environmentally friendly product as they are not petroleum based.  Cleanup can be a breeze as instead of chemical products you can use a spray bottle and water.  Water based inks also leave a softer hand (feel) when cured properly on the garment.  

Special Considerations of Water Based Inks

Waterbased inks can be more difficult to cure than plastisol inks for those with smaller dryers.  When mixing your own colors, you should use a high quality digital scale and take care to ensure proper mixing ratios.   Water based inks will require a water resistant emulsion to be used as a stencil or you will experience emulsion breakdown.  Water based inks can also dry in the screen quickly if left unattended.  To remedy this, it is handy to have a spray water bottle nearby and spray lightly when needed.

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