Excalibur’s 801PF Foil Proof is formulated so that printers can produce a foil special effect as part of multi-color designs. When combined with the few simple printing techniques outlined below, Foil Proof forms a barrier between the colour and the foil to help prevent the foil from adhering to that particular colour or any colour in the design that has Foil Proof printed over the top.
FEATURES AND BENEFITS
• Easy-printing viscosity produces excellent results when printed over colours where you do not want foil to adhere.
• Produces excellent results on both manual and automatic presses.
• Completely phthalate-free and lead-free formulation complies with all standards of Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) banning phthalates and heavy metals in textile-printing inks.
Gel Temperature: Ink will surface gel at 240° F (116° C).
Curing: When utilizing Foil Proof, best results are obtained by gelling the entire design and fully curing the design in the transfer press as the foil is applied. If necessary the design can be run through the dryer after the foil has been applied.
Mesh: See Printing Techniques below for proper mesh counts.
Stencil: Any stencil compatible with plastisol inks may be used.
Modification: Because Foil Proof has an easy-printing viscosity no modification to the ink is recommended.
Squeegee: 70 durometer or 90/70/90 triple durometer blades are recommended.
Clean-up: Use Enviro Series 2000 Green or Enviro Series TR Blend.
1. On non-foil areas, use finer meshes to achieve a thinner ink film than the area to be foiled.
2. For best results use 80-110 (32-43 T/cm) mesh counts with a print/flash/print technique to build up the areas to be foiled. . Adding 25% 820PF Puff Base to to 845PF Printable Adhesive creates a low, almost unnoticeable loft that results in a higher surface area for the foil to adhere. A print/flash/print technique with Foil Proof is recommended for maximum resistance.
3. Adding small amounts (3% by weight or less) of 801PF Foil Proof into the ink will also aid the foil resistance. Be aware that adding amounts greater than 3% will affect viscosity and opacity of those colours.
4. Gelling instead of fully curing the print prior to transferring the foil sheet will result in a more durable foil transfer. Proper cure of the print will be achieved when the foil sheet is heat pressed to the design at 375°F (191°C). If necessary, after applying the foil the garment can be put through the dryer again at normal curing temperatures so that the entire ink film reaches 320°F (160°C).
Set heat press to 375°F (191°C) and apply with light pressure so that the foil is pressed into the raised parts of the designs but not pressed into colours where you don’t want foiled. Transfer for 4-6 seconds and peel foil slowly while print is still warm.
Always test finished prints for curing, adhesion and desired look prior to beginning full production runs. Lancer Group International cannot guarantee the results or back claims that this mixed ink will test phthalate-free if any additive other than an additive manufactured by Lancer Group International is used to modify this ink. Test results by a third-party laboratory verifying all components used to produce this ink are phthalate-free and lead-free are available upon request.