International Coatings 7100 Performance Pro

Get a Jump on the Athletic Season with 7100 Performance Pro

Are the new performance and stretch fabrics giving you print nightmares?  Simplify your printing process with International Coatings’ 7100 Performance Pro Series inks. Performance Pro™ was designed to print on 100% polyester or poly-stretch combination fabrics and can be used on automatic and manual printers.

International Coatings’ new 7100 Performance Pro™ Series allows printers to print on a variety of todays’ popular performance fabrics, including 100% Polyester, Poly-blends, moisture management, and stretch fabrics.

7100 Performance Pro  inks have a built-in bleed blocker as well as extra stretch properties, making them the perfect inks for those hard-to-print athletic, compression or wicking garments.

7100 Performance Pro comes in 18 colors as well as a mixing base.

Performance Pro™ inks offer a smooth consistency for ease of printing on light or dark fabrics.

For  ultimate bleed blocking on highly volatile fabrics, use Performance Pro inks in conjunction with 7043 Guardian Gray™.

  • RECOMMENDED FABRICS
    Cotton/Polyester blends, 100% Polyester, Polyester/Stretchable Fabric
    Blends, other synthetic performance fabric blends. Always test print fabric
    for possible dye migration before beginning a production run.
  • INK APPLICATION
    7100 Series should be used straight from the container without any modifications.
    Stir well before use. If thinning is required use 1% – 5% by
    weight 1099 LB Curable Reducer. Using reducers or additives may lower
    the bleed resistance, opacity and/or stretch.
  • SCREEN MESH AND EMULSION
    Use 60-305 t/in or 24-120 t/cm monofilament.
    Any direct or indirect emulsion or capillary film in the 35 to 70 micron
    range, for best results. Lower mesh counts recommended.
  • SQUEEGEE 65-70 Durometer: Sharp Edge
  • CURE TEMPERATURES
    275°F to 300°F (140°C to 149°C) entire ink film.
    Test dryer temperatures and wash test printed product before and during
    a production run.

 

As always if you need help call one of our professionals today.

How to Screen Print: Printing with White Plastisol Ink

Watch this YouTube video explaining why white plastisol ink is essential for screen printing. In the video we will talk about the different plastisols you can use based on your screen printing job and ways in which to make printing with white ink easier. Learn these tips, tricks and techniques to help make your job run as smooth as possible.


What are some common problems that you have with printing with white plastisol ink? We want to hear from you, so leave a comment below the video

McLogan at the Imprinted Sportswear Show: It’s the ISS Show Long Beach 2016

McLogan will be at the Imprinted Sportswear Show 2016 in Long Beach, CA

The next Imprinted Sportswear Show (ISS Show) is almost here!

January 22-24th, 2016, Long Beach, CA; visit McLogan’s booth #465.

We are so excited to debut all this at the show:

  • New Screen Printing Starter Kit; All-in-one starter kit can teach anyone how to screen print. Best news is everything you need to print comes in one box!
  • Monthly Screen Printing Classes; Learn how to screen print, with hands on, interactive lessons, led by Ross Hunter in our new education room. Artwork, burning a screen, printing and what not to do, so that you can run a thriving business.
  • Thermotron Heat Presses; The most affordable heat press on the market. Come see why we have been selling these machines like crazy!
  • Live screen printing of Permaset Waterbased inks on Friday;
  • Screen printing with International Coatings Plastisol inks on Saturday;
  • NFL Football game on Sunday at the Long Beach Convention Center.

Come to the ISS show to see why we pride ourselves in having the most personal, and knowledgeable staff to help you with your new or current business. Our business is a success, because of all of you; so come chat with us and see all the new products we have to offer. See you at ISS!

 

 

Catalysts for Screen Printing

International Coatings 900 Catalyst Additive is the best additive for screen printing on nylon and harder to adhere to fabrics. There’s also the option to use nylon ink from International Coatings, but you be left with a stiffer print that doesn’t always adhere properly. The 900 Catalyst additive is easy to use on all your nylon needs, but here are some unexpected ways that you can use a catalyst in some of your daily screen prints.

  • Add a catalyst to help your inks adhere to your garments, other than just nylon.  Think leather, vinyl substrates, and darker fabrics.  When printing with darker fabrics, adding a catalyst to your darker plastisol inks will help maintain a smooth print, even after many washes. Always do a test print on the material being used and remember that it needs to withstand 320 degrees F to cure the ink.
  • Catalysts can also be added to flock adhesive to help the flock stick to the fabric.
  • Foil 3801 added with the catalyst will help the foil stick as well.

Just remember that once a catalyst is mixed in with the plastisol ink, the ink has a pot life of about six to eight hours. Be sure to only mix enough ink to use on the screen print job. We suggest mixing the plastisol and catalyst needed from morning until break time, from break time until lunch, and then do the same in the afternoon. A catalyst is viable as long as it is pour-able. When it is cold, it pours out slower, which is fine. As long as you can still pour it out then it is of good use. If the catalyst is crystallized and hardened, it’s no longer usable. Good luck on your future use to this catalyst.  We are proud to sell International Coatings Products and know that the use of this product will change the way you work.

If you have any specific questions, give us a call!

 

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International Coatings Plastisol Whites

Screen printers rely on a range of high quality white plastisols, but someone newer to the industry might be confused as to which white will work best for their job. McLogan Supply offers 6 different white plastisols from International Coatings that are incredibly reliable and easy to screen print with. Here are the different plastisol whites for screen printers and what they specialize in achieving:

  • Performance Pro White #7113 is the newest white plastisol out. It was developed for 100% polyester garments. This white is bleed resistant and has amazing stretching properties. The texture is creamy which will allow screen printers to use mesh counts up to 305. This ink cures at 285-300 degrees F.  This is one of the most versatile, fast flashing and durable inks that we carry at McLogan.
  • Polyester White #741 designed to block dye migration on various polyester fabrics. This ink is multi-purposeful since it can also be used to screen print on 100% cotton, cotton/polyester, and 100% polyester. The ideal mesh count is from 60-110 and the curing temperature is 325 degrees F.
  • Classic White #711 is one of the most popular plastisol (thermoplastic: PVC) inks. It is non-phthalate, high pigmentation, low tack and it also flashes quickly. Classic white will work on most basic fabrics and the suitable mesh counts range from 60-230.  The curing temperature is 325 degrees F. This ink is not recommended for reducing.
  • Legacy White #7014 an exceptional white plastisol that is low bleed, high pigmentation, fast flashing, low tack, and non-phthalate. This ink works best for manual and automatic presses since the ink is a smooth consistency. Screen mesh count from 60-230, and the cure temp is 325 degrees F.
  • Ultra White #7031 is the perfect ink for high performance printing. It differs from the other inks in that it is short bodied and very opaque. It works very well as an initial print for darker fabrics. This ink was designed for fine detail printing, halftone printing, and for higher definition prints. Works well on 100% cotton and 50/50 blends. Screen mesh is anywhere from 110-305, with a curing temperature of 325 degrees F.
  • Cotton White #7038HP is the ink for 100% cotton textile wear. It is one of the easiest inks to print with and is phthalate compliant. The curing temperature is 325 degrees F.
  • International Coatings’™ new 3822 Destructo™ White special effects ink is also available.
  • Interested in High Density Specialty Plastisol inks work with Screen Printing?

Hopefully this helps you purchase the white plastisol that is the best for your job.  Please call or write us today if you have additional questions!

Mclogan Screen Printing Seminar Hosted by International Coatings

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TEXTILE SCREEN PRINTING 

Powerful tools and techniques to make you succeed

 

“Additives & Reducers” Seminar

You’ve seen those additives and reducers but been to afraid to try them out?
Or wondered how to effectively use them?
Then come to our next seminar, scheduled for April 15, 2015.
We’ll go over some common additives, like Suede/Dulling, Stretch, Puff, Low-Cure and  Reducers and Catalysts.
Come with your questions – our print experts will be on hand to answer them.
Please Note:  We only cover textile screen printing topics.

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Educational and Hands-On

 

Learn how to use inks and all your printing implements as tools to get great results when printing on various substrates.

Technical Q&A
How can I print ____?
What tools do I need for ___? What equipment do I need?
Got questions?  Bring your technical, ink, production, or process questions to this session and we’ll address them.
Additives and Reducers

 

When do I use additives and which reducer do I use?  What types of additives should I have on hand in my shop?  Find out more in our workshop.


DATE
 TIME
 LOCATION
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
10 am – 2 pm
International Coatings Headquarters
13929 E. 166th St.
Cerritos, CA 90703
Alternate Registration: Email jleman@iccink.com or call
Juke Leman (562) 926-1010 x 347 to register.

St Patrick’s Day Supplies

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St Patrick’s Day is this week and it has us feeling festive! Our screen printing and sign customers have been buying all kinds of different green products, so we thought we would share the most popular ones with you all.

Here’s our list of St Patty’s Day Greens:

Montana Gold Spray Paint which comes in many different shades of green…green apple, acid green, pine, olive green, shock green light, etc. These spray paints are great for every craft, art project, and for signs.

Nazdar GV Vinyl Ink available in 2 different shades of green to screen print onto vinyl stickers.

Permaprint Waterbase Poster Ink in green or Glo green for cards, artwork, and posters.

International Coatings 7600 Series in Kelly Green for screen printing garments, bags, etc.

International Coatings Glow in the Dark we love the look of this glowing green plastisol for all your screen printing needs.

Matsui 301 Eco-Series Water Based has a great green shade.  Softer feel for your print jobs.

Oracal 651 Vinyl comes in 6 different greens for vinyl signs.

ThermoFlex Plus 5 different shades of green, but Kelly Green seems to be a favorite among customers.  The best for heat transfer t-shirts.

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Get a 20% credit on any of these green items on St. Patrick’s Day!

ISS Long Beach 2015 Show Coming in January!!!

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Meet the Mclogans’ team at the ISS Long Beach 2015 Show from January 16-18th.

WhereLong Beach Convention Center

When: January 16-18th

What: “ISS trade shows bring together buyers, suppliers and manufacturers in screen printing, embroidery and graphic design. The shows are filled with exhibitors ranging from apparel screen printing equipment, multi-head embroidery machines, direct-to-garment printing options, heat-applied rhinestone designs, neon inks, performance stretch inks, sublimation equipment and much more.”

Why:  Come visit us for our “Show Sale Prices” and for free giveaways.  Mclogans will be in booths 556 and 557.

Our digital booth will be in 556 where we will be showing off Graphtec Vinyl Cutters, Roland Vinyl Print/Cut, Stahls Heat Presses and Thermotron Heat Presses.

Booth 557 will be our screen printing booth.  We will have Hopkins BWM Screen Printing Presses, Permaset Waterbased Inks, International Coatings Inks, and Triangle Plastisol Inks.

 

We hope to see you there!

 

We look forward to seeing you!

Why Does the Plastisol Ink Crack on My Washed Garment?

“Plastisol ink is cracking when I wash my garments. Why?”

More than likely the plastisol has not been properly cured. Remember duration in the dryer is our friend. Many times printers maybe in a hurry, slow down. Most plastisol will cure when they reach a temperature of 320-330 degrees and sustain that temperature for 45 seconds to 1 minute. Some whites that have a fast cure designation will cure from 275-300 degrees and this will have to be sustained at 45 seconds to 1 minute. Make sure you check the technical data sheets for each ink line.

There are two tools out there that will help you make sure that the plastisol is curing at the right temperature.

  1. The most common would be the temperature strips. Thermolabels # 5 are the most common sold with a temperature threshold of 290-330 degrees. Each package comes with 16 strips and each strip can only be used once.
  2.  A little bit more expensive option would be a IR gun. When pointed at the print coming out of the dryer the IR gun will read the temperature of the garment on the LED screen.

 

If you have a question about your inks, or the printing process call us at 818-718-0888.

 

 

 

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Save Money with Mclogan Screen Printing Chemicals

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Why choose Mclogan Chemicals?

Mclogan Chemicals are bought in large quantities from the top manufacturers to ensure that our customers are getting the lowest possible prices, but still the highest quality products that they are used to.  In this blog we will highlight each chemical, how to use it and how these chemicals are the exact same as some of the brands you may be using.

  • Mclogan Screen Opener is the same product as the Sprayway 957 Instant Screen Opener; use this spray to unclog your screens.  This can happen when you screen print where your ink may begin to dry and get clogged in the mesh.  Some screen printers also use this product to clean their squeegees.
  • Mclogan Flash Adhesive (Super Flash Adhesive 384) when doing multiple color printing jobs flash adhesive is the best chemical to use when you flash your different colors.  Regular adhesive will start to break down during an 8-10 second flash, which can move your shirt and then the colors/image will not line up correctly.
  • Mclogan Spray Adhesive this is mainly for single color screen printing, or if you needed to secure your paper stock.
  • Mclogan Degreaser product made by CCI.  This is your FIRST step in screen printing to ensure that your screen is free of all grease before you put on your emulsion.  Emulsion will not stick to any type of oil or grease.  This degreaser is a concentrated liquid that will make 2 gallons per 1 gallon of degreaser.
  • Mclogan Emulsion Remover Concentrate product by CCI.  This is another concentrated liquid that will make 4 gallons per 1 gallon emulsion remover.  After you are done screen printing use this emulsion remover concentrate to remove your emulsion.  This will ensure that your screen is ready for it’s next job and application of the Mclogan Degreaser.
  • Mclogan Textile Press Wash this product is made by CCI as an eco friendly citrus smelling screen wash.  Prevent build up of plastisol inks on your screens with this wash, to ensure that you don’t stain your screen or get ghostlike images from your image print.
  • Mclogan Screen Wash (Fast Open 032 Water Based Screen Opener) Aerosol can used for a fast and easy clean up after screen printing with water based inks such as Mazdar 9500 Series, Matsui 301 Series and Permaset Inks.  You can not clean a screen with water that you’ve used for water based screen printing…it just doesn’t work.

Add these cost effective chemicals into your shops and let us know if you have any questions.