Duratex is a water-based PVC-free heat transfer system designed for producing cold peel screen printed heat transfers or to be used as a backing for litho-printed transfers. It contains no solvents and is completely non-phthalate. Duratex transfers will adhere to most fabrics including many constructed of nylon and is an ideal choice for producing tagless labels. The Duratex Heat Transfer System is available in a wide range of colours as well as in the ColorPRO® Color Matching System to produce Pantone© simulations or custom colours. An adhesive system such as C-57 Hot Melt Power or DX1245 Printable Adhesive should be used in combination with Duratex inks for ultimate adhesion and wash fastness of finished prints.


  • Easy-printing ink adheres to a wide range of fabrics to eliminate the need for separate ink series’ for different substrates.
  • Soft hand-feel of finished prints is perfect for producing tagless labels in t-shirts.
  • Available in a ready-for-use colour mixing system  to create and print  rarely used custom colours helping to curb inventory costs.
  • Completely PVC-free. phthalate-free and lead-free formulations complies with all standards of Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) banning phthalates and heavy metals in textile-printing inks.


Transfer Paper:  T75, T105, Tullis CP or Transfilm Clear Film.

Mesh: 60-110/inch (24T-44T cm) screen mesh is recommended.

Stencil: Phthalate-free water-proof stencils.

Modification: Duratex DX 1200 Retarder may be used in limited quantities to slow the drying time of the printing inks (3 to 6%).

Application of Adhesives:

C57 Hot Melt Powder: Powder should be applied to the wet ink and then heat cured at 320°F to 350°F (160°C to 175°C).

DX 1245 Duratex Printable Adhesive: To be screen printed over the dried inks. It should overlap the print slightly to prevent edges from lifting, and then heat cured at 320°F to 350°F (160°C to 175°C).

Screen Mesh: For spot colors use 80 to 160 inches (32T to 64T cm); Litho backing 80 to 120/inch (32T to 48T cm); DX 1245 Printable adhesive 80 to 110/in (32T to 44T cm).

Printing Procedure:

Litho Print Transfers: Offset or litho print using 996 Series Litho Transfer Series four color process inks. After printing, screen print the Duratex white backing over entire image.  If using C57 Hot melt powder; apply powder to the wet Duratex white backing and cure through a dryer at 320°F to 350°F (160°C to 175°C). If DX1245 Printable Adhesive is  and either air dry or force air dry the backing and apply the printable adhesive over the white backing. To ensure best adhesion always overlap the backing with the printable adhesive.  For either process cure after final application  320°F to 350 °F (160°C to 175°C) prior to transferring  to garment.

Spot Colours: Colours are printed one at a time and should be allowed to dry between colors either by air drying or force drying  with warm air in a conveyor dryer. Adhesive system should be applied using same process outlined under Litho Print Transfers.

Squeegee: 70 durometer squeegee blades are recommended for best results.

Transferring to Garment: Transfers may be applied at 320°F to 390°F (160°C to 200°C) for 10 to 25 seconds and cold peeled.

Clean-up: Warm water may be used to clean Duratex inks from squeegees, mixing tools and  screens.

COLOURS—Lemon Yellow, True Yellow, Light Gold, Gold, Orange, Bright Red, Super Red, Fuschia, Violet, Bright Blue, Light Blue, Turquoise, Bright Dallas Green, Fresh Green, Black, White, ColorPro Mixing System.


Always test finished prints for curing, opacity, adhesion and desired effect 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.