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.

Automatic Screen Printing Presses

The Automatic Screen Printing Press is a machine that will automatically put the ink onto your garment and screen print it for you. If you are newer to this type of equipment or newer to the business then it’s time to get familiar with all the wonderful, time-saving benefits that a Workhorse Automatic Screen Printing Press has to offer. Just imagine with the push of a button and you can have a 6 color screen print done within 8 seconds; that’s 500 printed shirts within an hour! Aside from the clean, durable, accurate prints; think of all the money you could make if you properly managed your printing time per week or per job. Manual screen printing presses max out at about 45 shirts per hour and require the printer to do all the work.

Let us introduce you to the machines that we are thrilled to be selling:

The automatic press that we are the most excited about is The Freedom Express. The name says it all!

-15 x 15″ Print Area

-6 color/8 stations

-Air Printheads and Air Indexing with air driven printheads it’s easy to independently alter print/flood speeds for your needs.

-Overall Diameter of 10′ is the perfect size for all different business. Whether you are in a studio, garage or your own store this machine takes up just enough space to allow it to do the job.

-Touchscreen Interface Technology with a test mode for sample prints, a missed shirt feature, and an orbital mode.

-Flashback Compatibility to print, flash and cool all at one station!

-Central Off-Contact Feature allow printers to easily change between different substrates quickly.

-Squeegee/Floodbar Settings to allow you to leave the screen flooded or clear. All angle, pressure and speed adjustments are independently set for the look of your job.

-All Access Control Panel can be rotated to any station for easy access to the whole computer of the machine.

The Cutlass SE Series

-6 or 8 Color Options depending on which you prefer

-20 x 20″ Print Area

-Diameter for a 6 color is 12’6″, whereas the 8 color is 14′

-Air Printheads and Electric Indexing for zero delay times and precision indexing  available at multiple stations

-Plus all the added features of The Freedom Press

The Sabre Series

-6, 8, 10 or 12 Color Options

-20 x 20″ Print Area, the 12 color has a print area of 20 x 28″

-6 color 12’6″, 8 color 14′, 10 color 15’6″, 12 color 18′

-Plus all the added features of The Cutlass SE and The Freedom Press

Come visit us in Anaheim to see these machines in action and to test out their endless capabilities. As always we look forward to seeing you and to help you achieve your screen printing goals!

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

Four Color Process Screen Printing

Four color process screen printing, also known CMYK printing (cyan, magenta, yellow and black) is the technique that screen printers use when printing a photorealistic image on a garment. This differs from a typical four color print, because in this technique the plastisols are laid on top of one another wet. This process creates a wide variety of colors and dimension.  For this type of screen printing job we recommend using International Coatings Pro-Brite Process Colors. These plastisol inks provide a smooth, even print style. They are easy to manipulate whether you are printing with a manual or automatic screen printing press. Pro-Brite Process Inks are more opaque than the industry standard, yielding vibrant colors that make your print come to life.

It’s beneficial to know when you are using a manual press that a sharp 80 durometer squeegee with light pressure is ideal. It’s best to keep the ink on the surface of the garment. Lighter pressure will ensure that the next color you print mixes evenly and accurately in the dot space. The automatic presses use a 75/95/75 triple durometer squeegee set at a 20 degree angle with light pressure. A faster stroke speed is also ideal for an automatic press. Knowing this type of press set up, along with quality artwork will reward you with a detailed, realistic, photo-like screen print.

If you are newer to this process go into one of our stores today and let one of our knowledgeable associates help you. Be sure to stay up to date with more products like this by following our Instagram page and tune in on Friday’s to watch us work with products and techniques on Instagram Live.

 

How To Screen Print: Determine Exposure Time with Step-Wedge

Determine Exposure Time with Step-Wedge

Watch our latest YouTube Video to help you determine the best exposure time by doing a step wedge. Once you’ve determined what emulsion you’ll be using you can ask a McLogan employee what the exposure time could be. This answer varies based on the exposure bulb you’re using and the distance from the bulb to the screen. Once you have a close estimate for exposure time, you can do time increments around your estimated time to test it out. Using the step-wedge allows you to do this once, only messing up one screen and giving you your best exposure time for screens moving forward.

Let us know that you like that video by leaving us a comment. If you have any questions call us today!

Starting Your Screen Printing Business

We are so fortunate to help so many people get started in the screen printing industry. We go from watching these men and women have a love of art, creating and design; to then turning that love into a full blown thriving business.

This blog is for those of you that have been wanting to start your own business, but who haven’t. You know, the timing isn’t quite right. You could possibly fail and then risk being rejected. Maybe you don’t honestly believe that you deserve success; it’s everyone else and just not meant for you. We get it, but let’s be honest and tell you that’s all a bunch of bullsh*t.

When you are passionate about what you are doing and living your purpose there’s no such thing as a failure. Sure, there will be many lessons along your journey, but you will fail foreword. You’ll become smarter and wiser from every challenge. It’s those time of challenge where we find our true potential. It’s when we realize how smart we are at problem solving; at learning and rising to overcome whatever obstacle.

If you’ve been in your comfort zone wishing, and talking about a business you plan on starting; let today be that day. Feel the rush, excitement and aliveness within you and challenge that into succeeding. At the end of the day we rarely throughout our lives feel true failure, and rejection. On the contrary, if we look back over the years we will see that we’ve had endless teachers, mentors, and friends cheering us on and teaching us. For the maybe 5 plus times we may truly face rejection that hits our heart, there are thousands of complements, love and guidance trying to push us towards our true path. Let McLogan’s help you get started on your screen printing path. We are here to cheer you on!!! Here to offer tips, tricks and optimal products, so that success is guaranteed.

As always it’s all of you living your dreams and shopping at our stores, that allows us to live our dreams of being the best screen printing and sign supply company. So thank you for supporting us and in turn we are ready to support you!

We look forward to hearing from you and may this be the start of you living out your dreams.

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Rubber Top Aluminum Platens

Rubber top aluminum screen printing platens have been an addition that some screen printers are adding to their businesses. In general the aluminum platens tend to last longer than the wood platens and the aluminum is easier to clean. Every flash cure increases the temperature of the wood or aluminum platens. While this causes the wood to change shape over time, the aluminum will retain the heat, but maintain it’s shape. This added heat on the aluminum platen can cause the ink to prematurely cure. However, the rubber tops can be added to help dissipate the heat faster. The rubber tops also give the print a softer finish, making the plastisol ink feel more like a waterbase ink screen print.

While the aluminum platens are more efficient, the rubber tops over time will need to be replaced. Make sure to buy replacement rubber tops and when glueing the new rubber tops onto the platen use a high quality glue and try to get the rubber as seamless as possible.

If you’ve already made the switch to aluminum platens then it could be beneficial to try printing with rubber tops. If you are happy using wood platens, then by all means, stick with what works for you.

  • 1/4″ Solid Aluminum & 1/8″ Soft Top Rubber is an industry standard on major automatics.

Come try screen printing with aluminum and the rubber tops in our screen printing classroom in Los Angeles.

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Eliminating Scorching When Screen Printing

Scorching your screen print is a common mistake for people newer to screen printing. Your garment will literally get burn marks where it has been overly cured, which can result from inconsistent and high dryer temperatures. Purchasing a Workhorse Powerhouse Quartz Dryer would be ideal to eliminate this problem since their technology and craftsmanship makes it one of the best dryers on the market. The Quartz Dryer warms up in seconds and maintains it’s set temperature, ensuring consistent performance. However, if you already own a good quality dryer than most likely your temperature setting isn’t ideal for your type of print and you are to blame. 🙂

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Below are some different techniques that will help you pinpoint what’s scorching your screen prints:

  • The ink deposit required for a white shirt, instead of a black shirt will cure at different temperatures. More ink is required on a black shirt, because of the white under-base, so that means that you would cure that shirt at a higher temperature.
  • White shirts don’t hold as much heat as darker shirts, so it more than likely that your scorch marks will appear on the white shirts. You want to get the shirt as hot as possible without scorching it, so this is where you need to test out your prints. We suggest that you have a few spare garments to test print and wash before full production.
  • For thinner ink deposit on a white shirt you can cure at a temperature of about 290-300 degrees Fahrenheit. For a standard ink deposit on a white shirt you are usually safe with about 300-310 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Most athletic jerseys with thicker ink deposit require 340-350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Some heat sensitive fabric like spandex, or some workout wear will need a low cure additive like 3804. In this case usually you can correctly cure at 280-285 degrees Fahrenheit.

Another product that is helpful is Tekmar Scorch Remover . Scorch Remover will remove light-medium burn marks, or sun discoloration. You simply spray the remover onto the burnt or discolored areas of the shirt, and run the shirt back through the dryer.

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

 

What Makes a Good Screen Print

What makes a good screen print? Most screen printers will feel a person’s printed garment first and then take a good look at it second. Below are some tips to help ensure that your screen prints are successful:

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  • The feel of the print should match the feel of your fabric, so that it feels as though you are wearing a plain shirt.
  • The garment should wash well, shouldn’t crack and be fade resistant.
  • The lines (artwork) should be clean and crisp.
  • Use the right types of inks, additives, and or specialty materials for your design and garment is imperative.
  • The speed, angle and pressure should be consistent for every print. Your own repeated technique/system will be what makes your jobs easier and consistent.
  • Riding the blade of the squeegee on the print edge, through the proper mesh will help you get the cleanest print. Some argue that this is harder to do manually, but again it just goes back to your personal print method.
  • 160 mesh count should be your most common printing mesh. The mesh count tends to see the biggest mistake made when screen printing.
  • Under or over-curing the ink is also another common problem. Also do a test print and be sure to fully cure your ink to prevent cracks.
  • Knowledge and understanding of off-contact printing is ideal.
  • Using a T-square to square the image up properly on your garment will also help for consistent images on the garment.
  • Make sure you stir your ink! Plastisol ink tends to get thicker over time, so always stir it and ensure that it is creamy and smooth. If your ink needs to be thinned then add in an additive.
  • Use screens that are properly/correctly tensioned.

Hopefully these tips will help you and leave you with some amazingly good screen prints.

Color Separation for Screen Printing

In the video below we demonstrate a quick and extremely easy color separation in Adobe Illustrator with AccuRip Black Pearl. Check out how using AccuRIP Black Pearl will make your job a lot easier.