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Union Aerotex Textile Ink is a water-based ink that, when mixed with the included catalyst, cures at room temperature to obtain optimum wash resistance just 24 hours after printing!
Aerotex inks are great for use on T-shirts and other fashion garments.They are formulated for printing on cotton, cotton/synthetic blends, and many synthetic fabrics. Aerotex Inks are not recommended for nylon or fabrics which are treated with water-repellent coatings.
Aerotex inks have good opacity and may be printed on medium-colored grounds. White may be printed as a separate color or may be added to Aerotex colors for increased opacity and overlays.
Aerotex inks are supplied ready-for-use. They can be thinned using Union Reducer/Retarder, or extended using the Union Extender Base. Monofilament polyester meshes ranging from 84T-110T are recommended.
Aerotex Inks are supplied with the correct amount of catalyst for quart and gallon containers. It is essential that catalyst be added to obtain wash-fastness, regardless of whether the prints are air-dried or conveyor-dried. The ink/catalyst mixture has a normal shelf life of 48 hours, and should not be used after that time. Under certain conditions the ink/catalyst mixture may show signs of deterioration before the 48-hour time period has elapsed, in which case it should be discarded.
For Aerotex Shimmer Inks, a 2% by weight amount of Catalyst is required for wash-fastness. The ink/catalyst mixture has an appropriate pot life of eight hours. For extended open screen times, 2–5% of Reducer/Retarder may be added as necessary.
Combining the sparkling brilliance of plastisol and the soft hand of waterbased inks, Aerotex Shimmer Colors are a natural for white and light-colored fashion garments.
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Fantastic for Live Print events
By Hey Monkey!
from Durham, NC
Comments about Union Aerotex Textile Ink:
I have been doing live print events recently and this ink is perfect for that. No dryer needed. The only issue is I mixed the entire container with the catalyst and still had a lot left over which had to be tossed as it goes bad after 48hours. In the future I will mix in smaller as-needed batches.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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By art teach
from Oak Hill, OH
I really like that this ink cures without heat. It is very easy to work with.
Awful. Wouldn't recommend.
By Snowdandi Arts
from Anchorage, Alask a
Listen. If you are anything like me, you don't have a lot of extra time on your hands, so the idea of non-heat setting ink seems like a good one. Until you find out that its life span of printing time isn't actually all that long and that you will have to throw away the rest of the ink you didn't use ultimately because you didn't know this at time of purchase. MAYBE this would be okay if it was offered in smaller amounts. The "Shimmer" idea is a great one, but in reality the glitter (which is what it is) just clogs your screen and makes for an awful print. Not a fan. Wouldn't recommend. Sorry Union Aerotex.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Merchant response: Thank you for your review. The product description for the Aerotex inks does state that the ink/catalyst mixture has a normal shelf life of 48 hours, and should not be used after that time. Our Product Specialists are happy to see if we can offer any alternative product suggestions. Please feel welcome to call us at 1.800.933.2542 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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from white plains, ny
Followed the instructions. Couldn't get one print without the screen being completely clogged. Would not recommend.
Merchant response: We are sorry to hear that this ink did not work out for you. Our Product Experts would be happy to help review your process to see if we can offer additional advice, or if the product is defective. Please feel welcome to contact our Experts at 1-800-933-2542.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
from Fairfield, IA
I got the shimmer union aerotex ink. it is a really beautiful color and the shimmer is not overpowering. This was my first ink that used a catalyst, and I would have appreciated directions included with the shipment. It didn't take too long to find them online, but for a beginner with mixing in a catalyst, i was a little worried at first about messing up, especially since it only lasts 8 hours after you mix it? Anyway, i love the color and it seems like really great printing ink.
Shelf life after mixing catalyst???
By DIY SCREEN PRINTS
from Galesburg, IL
Been silk screening for about a year now and I've tried a small handful of water based inks and I've been having trouble finding a white ink that shows up great on black tshirts. Union brand ink is my next choice. However, does the ink lose shelf life after mixing in the provided catalyst and should I still heat cure the ink before letting dry at room temp like the description says?
Merchant response: Once mixed with the Catalyst, the ink will have a shelf life of up to 48 hours. No heat curing is required. If you ever have specific questions regarding our products or how to use them, please contact our Product Information team at email@example.com or call us at (800) 933-2542. Our Experts are available M-F from 8:00am to 5:30pmCST to help you with questions about art materials, product applications, and techniques.
Best so far.
By Ink Freak
from Tacoma, WA
I have used this product for many projects, printing hundreds of shirts and other textiles. I have found it to be the best water based screen printing ink I have ever used. It has good opacity, with a reasonable drying time, and once cured, it doesn't seem to fade. This is the only ink I plan on screen printing with in the future.
(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
UNION IS THE BEST
By PATRICK 'L'ARTISTE'
from REPENTIGNY .PQ.
THE BEST FOR TEXTILE PRINTING !
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