What are the different types of inks in screen printing?

Screen Printing is an effective way to create long-lasting promotional items like bags, t-shirts, flags, shoes, and much more. However, to create an effective print, it is important to use the right type of ink to get the best results. 
The ink used in screen printing is thicker than the standard ink and has a variety of other properties to meet the different demands and expectations. Plastisol, Water-based, and discharge are some of the common screen printing ink. Read this article to know more about them.    
Plastisol Ink 
Due to its thickness, durability, and clear graphical details, many people tend to use plastisol ink in the screen printing process. Other than that it is easy to mix, long-lasting, and comes in a wide array of colors. It can stay for a longer time without drying out. 
Such a type of high-density ink prevents it from arching and its low viscosity allows it to work well with softer prints.
Water-based Ink
Many people prefer to use water-based inks as it soaks into the fabric on which it is used rather than sitting on the top of the fiber-like plastisol does. This offers a screen print a softer feel as compared to those using plastisol ink. 
Plus, water-based inks are effortless to use even for a person without much experience. But, it can take a long time to dry in humid conditions and may require the use of a heat source. 
The water-based inks are semi-transparent, so they might require a custom color matching to create a uniform look throughout the freedom. 
Discharge Ink
Discharge ink works well with both water-based inks and plastisol ink. While using the discharge ink, the ink removes the color of the fabric where it is applied and replaces it with the pigments. This makes it a popular choice among the people working with 100% cotton.
Discharge ink has gained popularity in the past recent years as it allows the printer to work on dark garments without the need for basing. However, using such type of ink requires expertise.
As with any other ink system, if you accumulate proper information 
The selection of the ink depends on a number of factors such as type of application, space restrictions, 

Related Articles