Aquatex PVC-free, water-based ink provides a soft hand finish with excellent washability and vibrant colours. All Aquatex Inks are formulated for printing on white or light colored garments. They can also be used for painting, air brushing, or printing paper or wood. A catalyst, AquaFix, is available for printers that do not have adequate dryers to cure water-base inks. Aquatex is also available as a ColorPRO Color Matching System.
FEATURES AND BENEFITS
- Easy-printing ink adheres to not only to textiles but also adheres to wood or paper products.
- Soft hand-feel of finished prints is perfect for fashion garments or large print areas.
- Available in a ready-for-use and pigment/base 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.
Stencil: Phthalate-free water-proof stencils.
Extending Colours–AQT 1010 Clear Base is a homogenous medium for extending or mixing colors.
Anti-crock–AQT 2593 Anti Crock Agent may be added in amounts from 2-5% to increase crock (rub off) resistance and to improve resistance to dry cleaning.
Reducer: Using Reducers in Aquatex is not recommended as opacity is lost. If needed, very small amounts of water may be used to slightly thin ink.
Retarders–Aqua Life Retarder may be used in amounts of 5-10%.
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).
Curing: Prints be cured through a conveyor oven with forced air for at least 1½ minutes at 350°F (177°C). They can be air dried followed by hand ironing with conventional household iron on a hand setting, or air dried with the addition of Aqua Fix.
Squeegee: 60-70 durometer squeegee blades are recommended for best results.
Clean-up: Warm water may be used to clean Aquatex inks from squeegees, mixing tools and screens. For difficult areas use Enviro Series 2000 ink degrader.
COLOURS—Lemon Yellow, Light Gold, Gold, Orange, Bright Red, Violet, Navy, Bright Blue, Light Blue, Bright Dallas Green, and Black.
CAUTION–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 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.