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Direct Printing Reflective Ink

The most common method of use with the EZ Print Reflecto is direct print. If you are not familiar with the term "direct print", it is the act of screen printing directly on a substrate such as a T-shirt or sweats. Direct printing the EZ Print Reflecto is very simple. Below is a list of tips and tricks involved with this process.

Preparing Reflective Ink

The only necessary preparation for the EZ Print Reflecto is stirring the ink. When you stir the ink, you are insuring that the reflective powder and metallic pigment in the ink will be properly dispersed throughout the ink. Using reducers in the ink is not recommended and can effect the ability to cover on dark garments and it may diminish the reflection of the print.

Screen Mesh

Screen printing through 86 or 110 monofilament mesh count is recommended. Be advised that all mesh counts are not the same. Just because the screen mesh is 110 does not mean that another 110 screen is the exact same. There is much variance in the industry with thread diameter. This can cause some problems and confusion if you don't realize the problem. If you have a thick thread diameter, the mesh opening may be smaller than necessary for the reflective ink to pass easily. Most 86 and 110 mesh counts will work fine with this application but it is something to be aware of if you encounter any problems.

Squeegees

Be sure to print with sharp squeegees within the range of 70 to 90 durometer. Harder squeegees will deposit less ink on the garment but it will likely clear the screen better than a soft squeegee.

Screen Printing

Do not underbase the EZ Print Reflecto ink. This causes the ink to reflect much less than you would like. Printing directly on top of 100% cotton is recommended but 50/50 blends will also reflect well. The idea is for some of the ink to absorb into the material, suspending the reflective powder on top of the print where it will reflect the most. Do not direct print this ink on top of 100% nylon or 100% polyester garments. This will typically not reflect well and it is better suited to try a hot split transfer.

Curing

Reflective ink will be fully cured when the entire ink film reaches 320 degrees fahrenheit. This may take a longer dwell time in your conveyor oven due to the reflective particles in the ink. Slow the belt down for best results or you may turn the temperature up slightly. Remember, curing is a time and temperature process.

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