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The most opaque plastisol colors available, Union Maxopake Liberty Series Inks are recommended for direct manual printing or machine printing on black and dark-colored garments. Smooth, creamy, and ready to use, even the neon colors in this series are bright and highly opaque.
The best opacity is achieved when printing on 4T-110T monofilament polyester. Maxopake inks can also be printed through higher mesh counts on light-colored fabrics with the addition of Maxopake Reducer/Detackifier.
Multiple strokes may be required when printing by hand. When printing with an automatic press, a rounded squeegee is recommended for printing a thicker ink layer. A soft pad on the printing pallet will minimize penetration into the garment and improve opacity.
Maxopake inks come ready to use but, if necessary, they can be reduced with small amounts of Maxopake Reducer/Detackifier. Reducing of the ink may affect the opacity on dark garments.
Maxopake inks will not air-dry, and must be heat-cured. The inks will fully cure and withstand repeated washings when the entire ink deposit reaches 300°F (149°C). Garments printed with Maxopake have excellent washability. Dry cleaning is not recommended.
Every textile screen printer should have ample viscosity reducer on hand.
This reducer from Union Ink Company can be used in any plastisol ink to reduce viscosity. It also reduces opacity when added to high-opacity inks. No more than 1–3 percent by weight should be added to reduce opacity.
This product also contains a special detackifing agent that helps reduce the amount of ink that sticks to the bottom of the screens when printing wet-on-wet. Generally, no more than 10–15 percent by weight should be needed.
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