Lancer Group International’s STI Silicone Ink System is a state-of-the-art system that produces completely PVC-free and phthalate-free prints for athletic uniforms and performance wear garments. Prints will exhibit extremely high-stretch, high-opacity and a soft, smooth hand-feel. This system is extremely bleed-resistant when curing parameters are followed.
STI7500 Transparent RFU Colours
STI7504 Transparent Mixing Base
STI7550 Opaque Mixing Base & RFU Opaque Colours
STI7700 Clear Mixing Base
STI7701 Overprint Clear
STI7702 Crystal Gloss
STI7820 Puff Base
STI7835 High Density Base
STI7838 High-Density Clear
STI7151 Gel Catalyst
EVPC Evolution Pigment Concentrates
RFU Colours All shades represented on the Lancer Group Colour Guide in the NX6550 Series will be available.
Mixing Catalyst—6-8% by weight of STI7150 Catalyst or STI7151 Gel Catalyst mixed into the inks provides the most excellent results. Amounts less than 6% will result in a finished ink that may not cure properly. For STI7711 Defender Black an addition of 8-12% STI7150 or STI7151 is recommended. For STI7838, STI7701 or STI 7702 8-12% catalyst must be added. The amounts of catalyst mixed into the inks should be carefully weighed using a digital gram scale. STI7150 Catalyst is a liquid that should be shaken vigorously before adding.
CAUTION–It is recommended that only the amount of ink that can be printed in a four to six hour period be mixed at any one time. Higher amounts of catalyst will diminish the pot life of ink faster.
Printing Recommendations—For the most durable prints a thicker ink deposit is recommended. See “Stencils” section for making stencils that produce thicker ink deposits.
Mixing Pigments and Bases—Evolution Pigment Concentrates are highly concentrated and require less pigment than competitive ink brands to create the same colours. 10-15% pigment load into appropriate base is recommended. CAUTION: Pigment loads higher than 15% can cause crocking and curing issues.
Mesh—White and Mixed Colours—83-125/inch (32T-48T cm). High Density Clear—83-/inch-125/inch (43T-48T cm). STI Silicone Inks may be printed through higher mesh counts but finished prints may not exhibit the same opacity and stretch that are produced with thicker ink deposits made with coarser meshes.
Squeegee—70 durometer or 70/90/70 triple durometer squeegees are recommended It is recommended if end result is for print to be PVC-free that squeegees dedicated to produce prints with the Evolution NX System or STI Heat Transfer System be used. Using squeegees that have been previously used with regular plastisol inks could contaminate the finished print and be rejected by the customer.
Stencils—Any direct emulsion or capillary film compatible with traditional plastisol textile inks. If using direct emulsion coat your screen normally and check the stencil thickness on the print side of the screen. If necessary, face coat the print side of the screen until the necessary stencil thickness is achieved. Capillary films in the 150-200 micron range may also be used to achieve a thick stencil thickness.
Modification—3%-4% STI7502 Reducer can be used when necessary.
Gel Temperature—Inks will gel or flash cure when they reach temperatures between 220°-240° F (105°-117° C) for four to six seconds depending upon the flash cure unit as well as the time and temperature at which the flash cure unit has been set. To speed up gelling, pallets may be preheated to temperatures between 120°-140° F (55°-60° C) immediately before beginning full production. Imprints may show full cure characteristics after flashing. However, it is highly recommended to run imprints through a conveyor dryer at the cure temperatures to achieve maximum adhesion.
Curing—Inks will fully cure after reaching temperatures between 250°-290° F (125°-147° C) for 1 ½ to 2 minutes inside the curing oven. For delicate fabrics prone to dye migration, shrinkage or fiber damage, cure prints at the lower temperature and higher dwell time.
Ink Cleanup—Enviro Series TR Blend or Mineral Spirits.
Storage—All components should be stored in sealed containers at temperatures less than 30°C/84°F. Extended storage in warmer conditions can cause components to thicken and become difficult to print. STI Silicone inks have a pot life of 12 months after the date of manufacture by Lancer Group. Particular attention should be given to the “Use By” date printed on the container.
STI7504 Mixing Base 1 Qt.
STI7550 Opaque Mixing Base 1 Qt.
STI7581 White 1 Qt.
STI7700 Clear Base (500ml)
STI7838 High-Density Clear 1-Pt (500ml)
STI7502 Reducer 1-8oz/250ml
STI7150 Catalyst 1-8oz/250ml
Pigment Concentrates Blue, Red and Yellow 8 oz. (250 ml) each.
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 STI component 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 STI Silicone Ink System.