Texsource Universal Ink - Russell Gray
Approximate PMS Match = Cool Gray 6C.
If you are looking for the "One Ink To Rule Them All" then look no further than the new Texsource Universal Series Inks. These inks are truly "universal" in that they are specially formulated to print on cotton, blends, and polyester garments. It is a low bleed, fast flashing, low tack, flexible curing screen printing ink.
Texsource Universal Series has a creamy viscosity with a great body, making the ink suitable for printing on auto and manual presses, and offers superior performance over a wide range of substrates, including standard textiles along with hard to print promotional items.SPOT DRYING
Universal Inks will spot dry, with a very low after flash tack. Dwell time is dependent on the spot dryer used. In some cases, you may have to lower the heat of the spot cure unit because too much heat may actually make the ink tacky. When you spot dry, you are only partially fusing or gelling the surface of the ink. The ink should be just dry to the touch, with no lift off, but not totally fused. Totally fusing the underprint white may cause inter-coat adhesion problems with the inks printed on top of the white ink. Final fusing or curing should occur in the dryer.
Universal Series Inks are ultra low bleed inks, not non-bleed inks. On some types of fabric, bleeding or dye migration can occur. Always test print the fabric to be printed before beginning production. It is best to do some long term testing on fabrics to determine if they are going to bleed. Bleeding or dye migration may not occur right away.
Universal Series Inks were formulated to make printing opaque colors easy. Hand printing is less tiring because less squeegee pressure is needed. The result is increased operator performance. Automatic equipment can be adjusted to lower squeegee pressure settings, thus improving screen life, squeegee durability, and overall print quality.
Universal Series Inks can be cured from 275°F to 325°F (135°C to 163°C), giving the operator greater flexibility and energy savings. This low curing range makes this a great ink for poly materials that can release dye at higher temperatures causing dye migration discoloration.
Universal Series Inks, when compared to other opaque inks, prints so easily that you will find that a finer screen mesh can be used with the same opacity as a lower, more open mesh. This means less ink will be used; a real money saver in terms of ink usage and cost per print. It also means a softer hand on flashed fabrics.
Adding any reducers or additives can lower bleed resistance, opacity, or increase cure times of ink. STIR the ink prior to printing on press and after addition of reducers or additives.
Test dryer temperatures and wash test printed product before and during a production run.