In the world of textile screen printing, there are two main types of ink, plastisol and water-based.

Both types of ink have their pros and cons, which we will discuss in two parts.

The reason? Simply, so that you and our other customers can choose which ink best suits your particular needs.

First up, the most common screen printing ink, plastisol. Plastisol is used in the majority of jobs due to its versatility, longevity, and ease of use.

Plastisol Pros

Wide range of colors and transparency: Plastisol ink colors are virtually limitless and range from bright and opaque to pale and transparent.

Plastisol inks are compatible with the Pantone Matching System (PMS) giving you the confidence to get your colors right the first time.

Their opacity and vibrant colors makes plastisol the go-to choose for dark fabrics.

  • Ease of use: Plastisol is ready for screen printing right out of the container
  • Longevity: once the ink has properly cured it can last as long as the garment.
  • Easy to maintain: it can be left in the screen without drying out.
  • Limitless shelf life: since plastisol does not dry out the ink can be kept indefinitely which cuts down on waste.

Plastisol Ink Cons

  • Must be kept clean from lint and dirt
  • Never air dries (bad for screen printers’ clothing, good for reduced waste)
  • After drying (curing) the ink is slightly raised to the touch
  • The ink will re-melt if the design is ironed (but who wants to iron their t-shirt anyway?)

Be sure to check out the second part of this article and learn about screen printing with Water-based inks and the Pros and Cons

Thanks and enjoy!

Jackson Kulick
BRG Blogger

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