Textile Screen Printing Formula

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Description

Description

Screen printing compound, other names are  textile screen printing ink or textile screen printing paste. It is a special ink or paste use in the screen printing process. Screen printing is a beautiful  and widely used method for converting the  images or designs onto various surfaces, including textiles, paper, plastics, glass, and more. Screen printing compounds has to provide good a adhesion, vibrant colors, and durability on the intended substrates.

Here’s an overview of screen printing compounds and their key characteristics:1.

Types of Screen Printing Compounds

There are different types of screen printing compounds designed for specific applications, including:
Textile Inks: Used for printing on fabrics and garments. These inks having the ability  to adhere well to textiles, withstand washing, and provide soft and flexible prints.
UV Cure Inks: These inks are cured using ultraviolet (UV) light and are suitable for printing on a wide range of substrates, including plastics, glass, and metal.
Water-Based Inks: Environmentally friendly inks that use water as a solvent. They are mostly use for printing on fabrics and paper.
• Solvent-Based Inks: These inks use organic solvents as a carrier.
Specialty Inks: These include metallic inks, glow-in-the-dark inks, and other specialized formulations for unique effects.

Characteristics and Components

Screen printing compounds  have a certain  specific properties, such as viscosity, color opacity, adhesion, and curing properties. They generally consist of several key components:• Pigments or Dyes: Providing a color to the ink or paste.
Binders:     Tight the pigments or dyes to the substrate after printing.
Solvents or Carriers:        Dissolve the pigments and binders to create a printable consistency.
Additives:         These can include thickeners, leveling agents, anti-clogging agents, and more to enhance the performance of the ink and achieve desired effects.

Printing Process

Screen printing involves the use of a fine mesh screen that has a stencil of the design. The screen is placed over the substrate, and the ink or paste is forced through the open areas of the stencil onto the substrate using a squeegee. The substrate is then cured, often through heat or UV light exposure, to fix the ink in place.
 

Considerations:

When making  a screen printing compound, there are many factors involves such as the type of substrate, the desired print quality and the curing methods available .Different compounds work better on different materials.

Complete formula with its raw material and its processing techniques data sheet is available here