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

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!

Screen Printing Class 101: Films

Films are another topic covered in McLogan’s Academy Screen Printing 101 ClassesFor great washout results you need to have a film positive that blocks out 100%  UV from the exposure source. Inkjet printers are your best bet for inkjet film, since the printer will spray the ink onto your film as dense as need be for a clear image. We suggest using a dye-based ink for your printer since it tends to be impenetrable. The Epson 1430 is the most affordable printer made and they also sell all black ink cartridge system that will help your positive be even darker.
Let’s Talk Films

Waterproof: Waterproof film is the most commonly used film in the industry. It is a 4m film that is highly absorbent, allowing the film to really absorb the ink ensuring for a dark image. Its medium weight combined with a wide color gamut makes this the perfect choice for color separations.

Standard Inkjet: Inkjet film can be used for some of the older printers. This film is more affordable, but for some of the people newer to screen printing it is harder to get a dark image.

Laser Film: Just for laser printers. It’s thick and made to resist heat.

screen printing film

The cleaner, and darker your positive the easier the rest of your screen printing process will be when washing out the image. If 100% of the UV is not blocked out then you will deal with over exposure and you’ll have to use a pressure washer to clean off the emulsion.

Come take McLogan’s Academy Screen Printing 101 and learn all the expert tricks to turn your dreams into a brand.

The Ultimate Clean Up Card | Screen Printing

No Mess with the Ultimate Clean Up Cards

The Ultimate Clean Up Cards. No Mess, A Clean Scraper.

The Ultimate Clean Up Card is a great product to add to your screen printing shop. We have been selling these like crazy and after using them at McLogans we are hooked! This is a product that all screen printers will love.

The Ultimate Clean Up Cards are thick, plastic coated, and chemical resistant. Use them as a scooper, or scraper then dispose of them. Yep, just toss them in the trash saving you tons of time on clean up. What we liked best was that we conserved more ink and then were able to print more shirts.

The Ultimate Clean Up Card Can Scrape Corners and Angles

Ultimate Clean Up Card. Gets Around the Corner.

Check out the folding option so that they fit perfectly into a scoop coater.

The Ultimate Clean Up Card Scrapes 

 

The Ultimate Clean Up Card Scrapes Squeegees

Scrape Your Squeegee with the Ultimate Clean Up Card

 

Clean your squeegee in one simple swipe and use the remaining ink for the next job.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clear Lines with The Ultimate Clean Up Card

Use the cards to glide on adhesive and block-out.

 

Buy a box of 400 cards, a case of 1500 or a master case of 6000.

 

Take a break from your traditional scrapers and see why this really is the Ultimate clean up tool!

McLogan Screen Printing Starter Kits

Screen Printing Starter Kit

The McLogan Screen Printing Starter Kit is finally here! We’ve been working hard the past few months on getting these amazing kits ready and we can’t wait to share them with you. Whether you are wanting to start your own screen printing business, or looking to print a few shirts as a hobby; this is the best universal kit for everyone. McLogan has hand picked all of our top selling, reliable, eco-friendly products and equipment and placed them into one kit. We’ve designed the perfect start up shop from a one color professional screen printing press, mesh wood screen, all the chemicals needed, tools, bulbs, instructional manual, and a DVD.

Screen Shot of The McLogan Screen Printing Starter Kit

What’s Inside The McLogan Screen Printing Starter Kit Box:

  • 1-One Color Professional Screen Printing Press 
  • 1-19×22 160 Mesh Wood Screen – A larger screen than seen in other kits, so you can screen print larger images
  • 1-Tekamar TBHV Pallet Adhesive With Applicator
  • 10-Mclogan Waterproof Film 8.5×11 – To print on your ink jet printer for your film positive
  • 1-14″ Emusion Scoop Coater – To evenly apply a perfect coat of emulsion
  • 1-8oz Chromatech WR Emulsion
  • 1-13″ Squeegee
  • 1-8oz Franmar Degeaser – For cleaning screens
  • 1-8oz Franmar Emulsion Remover
  • 2-Scrub Pads
  • 1-8oz Matsui Black Ink – Top brand ink to ensure that you get the best print possible
  • 10-Ultimate Clean Up Cards – Disposable cards for scraping and scooping, making your job so much easier
  • 1-Darkroom Light Safe Bulb
  • 1-Screen Exposure Bulb
  • 1-Instruction Manual – Step-by-step manual that explains how to set up, create, expose and print your first shirt
  • 1-Instructional DVD

We look forward to introducing screen printing to you! The McLogan Screen Printing Starter Kit will make all the steps along the way so easy.  Create your own brand, have some fun and start making money through screen printing.

Screen Shot of The McLogan Screen Printing Starter Kit box

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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New Product: Thermotron Heat Presses

Thermotron Heat Presses are great additions to any sign supply, screen printing shop, or graphic design business.  With 6 different presses to choose from, there’s sure to be one perfect press for your business needs.  All presses come with a digital LCD screen that reads as a timer, counter, and thermostat!

9×12 Hobby Swing Press: This is the perfect start up press from someone doing smaller scale transfers.

Hat Press:  For all your hat transfer needs, this is the best press on the market.

Odyssey 15×15 Clamshell: Medium scale transfers and t-shirt heat press.

Odyssey 16×20 Clamshell: Large scale transfers for t-shirts and sublimation.

15×15 Swing Away:  Medium scale transfers with the swing away option so that it’s easy to print without burning yourself.

16×20 Swing Away:  Large scale with swing away movement.

Aside from Thermotron designing great products that are stainless steel and solid steel, their warranty is reassuring.

Warranty:
1. Free life-time technical support on all heat press.
2. One-year warranty on entire heat press machine.
3. Two-year warranty on castings, welds.
4. Three-year warranty on heating plate.

Come visit us today to try out one of these presses!

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