MIXING TEXTILE WATER-BASED INK IS AS EASY AS ADDING SUGAR TO COFFEE!

… but don’t forget to write down the recipe for future colour matching!

  1. Clear water-based Base + Pigment = textile printing ink for white or light colour fabrics.
  2. Opaque water-base Base + Pigment = textile printing ink for colour or dark fabrics.
  3. The mixing ratio for Clear Base (Clear Extender) + 3%. Example: 970 g Clear Base + 30 g Pigment = 1000 g or 1 kilogram of primary colour ink for printing on light colour fabric.
  4. The mixing ratio for Opaque Base + 6%. Example: 940 g Clear Base + 60 g Pigment = 1000 g or 1 kilogram of primary colour ink for coloured or dark fabric. More pigment may be required (taking it up to a maximum of 9 % pigment) on some colours.
  5. Always test the colour on the fabric by printing through a screen of the correct mesh count.
  6. Ruling: the lower the mesh count the more ink deposit = better opacity on an absorbent fabric.
  7. Add 2 – 5 % Fixative if the fabric is made with a percentage of polyester.
  8. Check the curing instructions and always do a wash test to make sure you are getting a perfectly cured print on a T-shirt. The onus rests on you, the printer!
  9. Remember: Always write the mixing recipe / ratios on the lid AND in a recipe book for future mixing of the same colour for a repeat order. Batch numbers are also very useful.
  10. Don’t forget to put on a mixing date as printing inks do have a shelf life!
  11. Contact Keip Bros on +27 0 11 835-3129 #keipbros