NX6825 Evolution NX System Foam Grip Base is a PVC-free textile ink base for mixing colours by adding Evolution Pigment Concentrates. When combined with thick stencils and screen printed with a thick ink film the ink produces prints that have a slightly raised “foam” appearance. This ink produces prints that will have a sticky, “non-slip” surface and high stretch making this an excellent ink for printing on the palms of gloves, the bottoms of socks as well as on stretchy fabrics such as lycra or spandex.
Mixing—For optimum results a 10% pigment load is recommended. While a maximum of 15% pigment concentrate can be added. Beware that higher pigment loads will diminish the special effect and properties of the ink and could cause the prints to crock.
Mesh—Use 60-110/inch (24T-42T cm) screen mesh.
Squeegee—70 durometer or 70/90/70 triple durometer squeegees are recommended
Stencils—Thick stencils produced with direct emulsions or capillary-type films produce the best results.
Printing Method—Use light squeegee pressure in order to “puddle” the ink on the surface of the fabric. Too much squeegee pressure will drive the plastisol ink into the fabric resulting in a poor foaming effect.
Curing—Because of the ink film thickness of prints made with NX6825 Foam Grip Base it will takes longer to heat cure than regular Evolution inks. A full cure is achieved at 300°-320°F (150°-160°C) for 1 ½ -2 minutes. Ink film should feel foamy and tacky as well as stretching, retracting and resisting rub-off after curing.
Ink Cleanup—Use Enviro Series 2000 Green or Enviro Series TR Blend.
Storage—NX6825 Base or colours created with this base and pigment concentrates should be stored at temperatures less than 30°C/84°F. Extended storage in warmer conditions can cause inks to thicken.
Always test finished prints for color accuracy, curing, adhesion, opacity, crocking, stretch and desired look prior to beginning full production runs. Lancer Group International cannot guarantee the results or back claims that this ink will test PVC-free or phthalate-free if any pigment or additive other than an Evolution Pigment Concentrate or Evolution NX System additive that has been manufactured by Lancer Group International is used in this ink. Contamination can also occur from mixing tools, mixing buckets, spatulas, squeegees, or flood bars that have had prior contact with inks containing PVC’s or phthalates and these tools must be thoroughly cleaned before using with the NX System.