Everything we print, everything we have ever printed, is done so using water based inks. They produce the sharpest images, the softest feel and have the lowest environmental impact.
We have water based inks which cover just about every possible design requirement and fabric mix.
We choose which ink to use based on the design specs, the desired finish, the fabric colour and the fabric content. Below is a little bit of information on our main types of water based inks.
Our Super Soft inks are absorbed into the fabric leaving the crispest edges, brightest colours and long lasting prints that don't peel or flake off. You can iron the prints, flex them, stretch them, rub them, scratch them and they won't budge.
They are semi-transparent so are best suited to prints on light coloured fabrics where the ink colour is darker than the fabric.
Our Discharge inks achieve astoundingly soft prints on dark coloured fabrics. How they do this is a little hard to explain. Within the ink is a chemical which breaks down the bond between the dye and its fabric, leaving the fabric colour to evaporate, and the ink colour to remain.
To watch it happen is a little magical. But what really sets our inks apart from those used by most others, is that all of this is achieved without the use of any Formaldehyde. A little search on the Internet about the dangers or Formaldehyde will explain why we use Formaldehyde-free inks.
Our Super Bold inks are our cover all option. They sit on the fabric more than our Formaldehyde-free Discharge or Super Soft standard inks and form a thicker layer which blocks out the fabric colour.
They remain flexible, soft and comfortable to wear but can be applied to most fabrics including synthetic mix and 100% synthetic fabrics. Unlike their oil-based equivalent (Plastisol inks) you can iron our prints and wash them at higher temperatures.
The following 'special' inks are available, and yes, are all water based too! We update these as and when new options become available, but please contact us if you have a specific request you don't see here;
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