Ultrasoft inks are versatile, lead-free, plastisol inks formulated for direct printing and heat transfer manufacturing. They have good coverage on light and medium-colored garments. When printing on dark fabrics, a white underbase is recommended. Ultrasoft’s new formulation helps eliminate press stoppages due to build-up on the backs of screens.
Ultrasoft is a medium-opacity ink.
For direct printing, mono-filiment polyester meshes from 86 to 305 threads per inch (34-120 threads per centimeter). Meshes over 180 (71 metric) will produce very soft-hand prints but will reduce opacity. For best results with neon colors do not use meshes over 160 (62 metric). For hot-split transfers use 83-110 mesh (34-43 metric). For overprint colors use 140-230 mesh (55-91).
Use direct emulsion or capillary film
If reducing the ink is necessary, add 3-5% Viscosity Reducer (PLRE-9000) by weight. Do not add any additives when using Ultrasoft for plastisol transfer production.
Curing Direct Prints:
Ultrasoft inks will fully cure when the entire ink deposit reaches 300° F (149° C). Do not use metallic colors for heat transfer production.
Curing Heat Transfers: Ultrasoft ink will semi-cure or gel when it reaches 250º F (121º C). For more information on transfers, see the general information Technical Data Sheets. For more information on the additives listed below, see the Plastisol Ink Additives Technical Data Sheets.
Always test this product for curing, adhesion, crocking, opacity, washability and other specific requirements before using in production.