Textile Discharge Screen Printing Ink Formula

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Discharge screen printing ink  formula is a type of ink used in textile printing that removes (discharges) the dye from the fabric, leaving the original fabric color or allowing for the addition of new color in the discharged area. This ink is particularly useful for printing on dark fabrics because it allows for bright, vibrant designs without the need for a heavy layer of ink, which can make the fabric feel stiff.

Components of Discharge Screen Printing Ink

Component Function Chemical Names 
Discharge Agent Removes dye from the fabric Sodium hydrosulfite, Zinc formaldehyde sulfoxylate –
Activator Activates the discharge agent Sodium hydroxide, Formaldehyde-free activators –
Binder Adheres the ink to the fabric Acrylic binders, Polyurethane binders –
Pigments (optional) Provides new color in discharged areas Organic and inorganic pigments – Various suppliers
Thickeners Adjusts the viscosity of the ink Carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC), Hydroxyethyl cellulose (HEC) –
Softening Agents Enhances the feel of the printed fabric Silicone softeners, Non-ionic surfactants –
Additives Improves ink performance and stability Dispersants, Defoamers, Anti-settling agents –
Water or Solvents Adjusts the consistency and drying time Water, Glycol ethers –


Process of Using Discharge Screen Printing Ink

  1. Preparation:
    • Fabric Selection: Choose the appropriate fabric for discharge printing. Natural fibers like cotton work best.
    • Screen Preparation: Create a stencil on the screen for the desired design. A mesh count suitable for the level of detail in the design should be chosen.
  2. Mixing the Ink:
    • Formulation: Mix the discharge ink components according to the desired formulation. Ensure the discharge agent and activator are properly combined with the binder and other additives.
    • Pigment Addition: If a colored discharge is desired, mix the appropriate pigments into the discharge ink.
  3. Printing:
    • Application: Load the ink onto the screen and use a squeegee to press the ink through the mesh onto the fabric.
    • Multiple Passes: Depending on the fabric and design, multiple passes may be necessary to ensure even application.
  4. Curing:
    • Heat Activation: Cure the printed fabric at a specific temperature (typically around 160°C or 320°F) to activate the discharge agent. This process usually takes 2-3 minutes.
    • Steaming (if needed): Some formulations might require steaming at around 96°C (205°F) for a fixed time using saturated steam.
  5. Post-Processing:
    • Washing: After curing, wash the fabric to remove any residual chemicals and unreacted discharge agent.
    • Drying: Dry the fabric at room temperature or using a dryer.

Properties of Discharge Screen Printing Ink

  • Color Brightness: Produces bright and vibrant colors, especially on dark fabrics.
  • Soft Hand Feel: Maintains the natural feel of the fabric since the ink removes the dye rather than adding a thick layer.
  • Detail: Capable of producing detailed and intricate designs.
  • Compatibility: Works best on natural fibers like cotton.


  • Apparel: T-shirts, hoodies, and other garments requiring vibrant prints.
  • Home Textiles: Bedding, curtains, and other home decor items.
  • Promotional Items: Bags, hats, and other promotional materials.

Discharge screen printing ink is valued for its ability to create soft, vibrant, and detailed prints on dark fabrics, making it a popular choice for high-quality textile printing.

A discharge screen printing ink involves identifying the most relevant and commonly used terms associated with the product.

  1. Discharge ink
  2. Screen printing ink
  3. Textile ink
  4. Water-based ink
  5. Discharge printing
  6. Garment printing
  7. Fabric ink
  8. Color discharge
  9. Eco-friendly ink
  10. High-opacity ink
  11. Soft hand feel
  12. Reactive dyes
  13. Bleach effect
  14. Bright colors
  15. Vibrant prints
  16. Color remover
  17. Non-toxic ink
  18. High-quality prints
  19. Fade-resistant ink
  20. Custom prints

At our company, we have perfected the formulation of discharge screen printing ink that not only delivers vibrant, long-lasting prints but also ensures a soft hand feel on textiles. By meticulously selecting high-quality components such as sodium hydrosulfite and formaldehyde-free activators, and combining them with top-grade acrylic or polyurethane binders and pigments, we guarantee a superior product that stands out in the market. Our continuous commitment to innovation and quality control ensures an uninterrupted supply chain, meeting the ever-growing demands of the ink industry. With our advanced formulation, we aim to revolutionize the textile printing market, providing unparalleled performance and reliability that will drive significant business growth and establish us as a leader in the industry.