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.

Screen Printing Process Made Easier

When you are newer to the screen printing industry you learn as you go; and as with most things in life you learn from your mistakes. Mclogan’s is here to help! Here are a few tips to help you with your screen printing jobs.

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  1. Don’t throw out previous films!  This seems to be a big mistake for a lot of our customers.  Once your films have been burned save them, and re-burn them when needed. Create a filing system that is in alphabetical order.  That way you can save your films by company name, for easy retrieval.
  2. Fix your screens and films. If there are minor mistakes on your burned screens just plug the small meshed section with a block out pen or tape. If your film has a blemish use a sharpie and hide the minor errors.  Be sure that you can not see light through your sharpie colored strokes, to ensure a clean burn.
  3. Delegate the screen printing process.  Have one person laying out t-shirts, while the other person can be responsible for the print.  This is easiest to do when you have at least a two station press like the Hopkins BWM 4 Color 4 Station Convertible.
  4. Use Pellons and Pallet Tape. Pellons are used for all test prints, to ensure that your design is as it should be.  These pellons are available in both black and white to align your design and find pin-holes before you start your garment printing.  Pallet Tape (R-Tape) is also known as application tape for the industry and it’s a great way to protect your pallets. Pallet tape will also speed up the cleaning process at the end of the day, by not having to clean the adhesive off the pallets.
  5. Make the ordering process for your customers as easy as possible.  Offer your prices online, as well as online ordering.  This will save you time and then you will also not have to deal with so much paperwork.  Make sure your customers know that they will have a 1-2 week window where they can get re-prints at a cheaper price.  Plan on saving your burned screens for 1-2 weeks, and it will save you time and your clients money on the set up fees.
  6. Become friends with the Flip Fold!  This handy gadget makes folding your shirts so easy and professional looking.
  7. Use the right mesh count.  For more info about this click here.

We hope these steps help you and if you have any questions give us a call!

SGIA Golden Image Award

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Congratulations to Kieth Stevens on winning SGIA’s prestigious Golden Image Award for his “Peace” fine arts print!  Mclogan supplied almost all of the materials shown below to help Kieth with his amazing design!

Below are some pictures of the design process as well as materials used.

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Lithco Registration Tabs helped to register all the different colors used.  There were 16 Permaprint colors used.

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Each color separation was hand-painted using brush and a glitter/clear acrylic medium (Permaprint Clear) onto a clear Mylar film. 30% 0.008 Glitter to base ratio was used.

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For each color used Kieth had to create a screen.  In this pic you can see he chose to do a pink screen, then an orange, blue, green and yellow.

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Three screens of varying exposure strengths were created from each of the five hand-painted positives, 15 color screens plus one for the black background were made.

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Each of the three screens per color were printed exactly on top of each other with varying color strengths (20%, 60%, and 100%) to give depth and complexity to each color. No micro registration system was used.

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The amount of time, and creativity that went into this design is completely inspiring and deserving of an award.   Congrats to Kieth Stevens, who is the Western regional sales manager for International Coatings!

 

 

 

10 Best Screen Printing and Sign Supply Products

There’s been a big shift in the screen printing industry towards eco- friendly products that yield great results, while being healthy for you and the planet.  We’ve also seen vinyl take off, with car wraps and the majority of those jobs being either for advertisements, or just strait up color changes.

Here’s our top 5 Screen Printing Supplies:

  1. Franmar Color Change:  an eco-friendly way to unclog and clean screen printing mesh.
  2. Eco Click Frames: environmentally safe product where you buy 1 screen and then can switch out and change mesh counts as needed.  No glues or chemicals needed!
  3. Thermotron Heat Press:  affordable heat press with the 3 in 1 LCD screen to help manage the tempature, time, and quantity.
  4. Livingston Tag Pallet Board:  allows for printing of a t-shirt neck label and the front of the t-shirt in one step.
  5. Mclogan Emulsion Remover Concentrate: most affordable emulsion remover on the market.

Top 5 Sign Supplies:

  1. Magnetic Vinyl Applicator:  the magnetic squeegee will hold your knife, while the squeegee will hold your vinyl in place.  You don’t even need to use tape!
  2. Knifeless Tech Design Line:  Tape that cuts through vinyl just like a plotter…genius!
  3. Avery Supreme Vinyl Wrap: This dual layer vinyl combines both color and clear protective layers providing a paint-like finish that is both durable and dazzling.
  4. Roland SOLJET Pro 4 XR-640:  Roland’s fastest, most powerful wide – format color printer/cutter ever, the 64-inch Pro 4 ushers in a new era of quality, precision and performance.
  5. Nikkalite Reflective Vinyl:  Highly reflective vinyl with a 7 year warranty.

xr640-1It’s been a great year and we thank you for your business.  Now that 2015 is officially off and running we hope that your year is filled with love, wealth, happiness and health!

 

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!

Los Angeles Trade Technical College for Sign Makers and Screen Printers

While Mclogan’s praises itself on being able to teach the “Average Joe” how to screen print and make signs there is another option for people wanting to learn this trade just a block away.  Los Angeles Trade Technical College offers screen printing as an elective in their Sign Graphic degree program.  The screen printing program is comprehensive and teaches students how to take their artwork and burn screens, all the way up to half-tone printing and 4 color process printing.

[New Screen Printing and Silk Screening classes Los Angeles enrollment now open. Pick your class today.]

Bert Johnson, a graphic designer, and art director who has been teaching and training students for over 30 years.  Every semester Johnson’s students are sent into Mclogan’s with a list of necessary screen printing tools.  Mclogan’s enjoys helping the new students get their required tools, while taking the time to further explain the screen printing process.

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Above, Bert Johnson, shows a student how the clamp keeps the screen in place.  With the right amount of pressure on the squeegee as it’s pulled, leaving the student with a clean print.

Below are pictures of students working on their own individual assignments.

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The class is meant to compliment the Sign Graphics curriculum and teach screen printing as a prospective business and not as a fine art. The class is structured to give students experience in creatively solving potential problems that might come up with client requirements. In addition to using water-based inks, students use plastisols and other solvent based inks. They are alsorequired to print on several substrates so they understand the diverse applications for screen printing in a print production setting.

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A student’s completed signs using Permaprint Red B/S. | Permaprint used in students’ poster project.

Permaprint Premium is a top selling waterbased ink for bright, eco friendly jobs.  It’s really such a versatile ink where you can almost print it on anything.
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Bryce Arpin prints on canvas. | The canvas is cut down and made into patches for bands.

Whether you are in school or just learning the business on your own, stop by Mclogan’s LA and we’ll help you with your next screen printing project.

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.

Article 2: How To Screen Print With 9500 Series Waterbase Additives

The additives discussed below are the screen printing waterbase additives for Nazdar’s 9500 Waterbase Series.  These additives help most screen printers who regularly print with the 9500 Series.  Read below to see what each additive has to offer to your next screen printing job.

AQ51 Prepared Extender Base is an additive that can be mixed (about 5% per weight to the 9500 inks) to increase the amount of screen printing waterbase ink.  When you over extend the ink by adding too much of the additive then your screen print will become too transparent.  Depending on the look of the garment adding more or less of this base will give the different characteristics to the print.

AQ53 Thickener is a liquid that increases the viscosity of the pigmented ink.  Add small 0.5% increments to reach desired thickness.  This additive will change the mesh count of some screen printing job.  However, if your garment has ink that has bleed through the mesh then adding this thickener would solve that problem.

AQ54 Aqualube is a gel that slows down the evaporation of water in your waterbase inks.  In dryer states the rate at which your ink will dry out is considerably more, unless the Aqualube additive is added.  When the ink dries on the screen it effects your image, and this additive helps to prevent that as well.  Add 5-10% by weight without worrying about over jelling the ink.=

AQ55 Softener is a product that will impart a silky, soft feel to the screen printed textile.  Add 2-5% when printing onto terry towels, which is a common screen printing job for this additive.

AQ56 Penetrant will help to aid in penetration to have a screen print on both sides of a textile (ex. golf towels).  This additive works best when added at a level of 2-5% by weight and will help to print on difficult garments such as looped/sheared terry cloth towels.  Note that the image of the print, where the ink was first in contact with the material will still be slightly brighter in color than the second image where the ink penetrated through.

To see where you can purchase these additives click here or call us today.

Benefits of Screen Printing With International Coatings 7600 Series

International Coatings 7600 Series Inks are great for high speed automatic printing, or for manual screen printing where high mesh counts are needed.  The inks are ready to use, with a creamy texture, and low tack to ensure an easy screen printing process.  Many screen printers prefer to use these inks when dealing with halftone printing, high-definition and high-resolution jobs.

We recommend using light color 100% cotton or cotton/poly blends garments.  However, some printers will use the 7600 series as an underbase for printing on darker fabrics.  These inks are low bleed, so it is best to do a test print to ensure that there isn’t any dye migration.

The fact that you can screen print with these inks at 110 screen mesh, all the way up to 305 mesh count (without any additives) makes these inks so versatile.  Plus, it’s available in 22 different colors!

If you would like a free sample email medwards@mclogan.com.

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Off Contact Printing for Screen Printers

What is off contact screen printing?

In off contact screen printing you adjust the screen a bit above the platen, so that the only time the screen touches your garment is when you press the squeegee onto the mesh.  Some people don’t understand the importance of off contact screen printing, while others swear by the clean, flawless prints they get with this technique.  In a perfect world, off contact printing that is set correctly will allow the mesh to lift off of the shirt making for a cleaner print.

When adjusting the screen there are several different factors to take into consideration:

  1. Ink Viscosity; thicker inks will hold to mesh and not release onto your garment properly.  Here a tight screen and an open mesh, along with the proper off contact will really help out the printing process and save on ink.  An article talking about “High Density Printing” and overall ink viscosity is here.
  2. Mesh Count and Tension; having a tight mesh and the appropriate mesh count for your job makes printing so much easier.  You shouldn’t have to be overly concerned with off contact heights if you are using the appropriate screen and mesh.  Click here to read about “Choosing the Right Screen Printing Mesh”.  Click here to read about “Mesh Counts”.
  3. The Amount of Ink Used Per Print; the more ink you use the thicker your ink will be on your screen.  Most likely you will have a higher off contact than if you were to use less ink.
  4. Print Size; larger prints usually hold more ink and the mesh may rest on your garment so a higher off contact setting is preferred than if you were printing a smaller print.

Screen Shot 2013-05-28 at 7.56.10 PMFor all questions call us.  We’d love to hear from you!