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Our standard water-based inks produce a super soft, breathable print with unmatched comfort and durability. They will never crack or peel, because they are dyed directly into the fabric.
Water-based inks color the fabric instead of trying to cover it.
These inks are capable of printing bold vibrant color, delicate details, and clean photographic halftones. The semi-transparent nature of this ink can be creatively utilized for “tone on tone” prints, and on heather fabric for an authentic vintage look.
Our water-based inks are comprised of 100% biodegradable pigment suspended in a water base. As the print cures, the water in the ink is evaporated, leaving the pigment behind. The result is a printed image that is dyed directly into the fabric.
They perform best on light fabric colors. We print dark fabrics with water-based discharge ink.
Water-based discharge ink is the only ink on the market capable of producing a soft, breathable, comfortable print on dark fabric colors. This ink uses discharge chemistry to bleach the underlying garment dye and replace it with the desired ink color. This allows bright, vivid colors to be printed on dark garments without using a heavy layer of ink.
Water-based Discharge screen prints have the look and feel of dyed fabric. They produce a print with unmatched comfort and durability. They will never crack or peel.
This ink system performs best on 100% cotton, but can also produce great results on many cotton polyester blends, and tri-blends.
Below is an example of the same ink printed on a 100% cotton shirt, versus a 60/40 cotton + dark polyester blend.
Some garment dyes and fabric types resist the discharge process. Be sure to discuss fabric and ink color options with our expert printers to ensure best results.
STANDARD WATER BASED
This is the most eco-friendly ink available anywhere. It is the perfect choice for clients with environmental concerns. It is also strongly recommended for all infant, toddler, and youth apparel.
Our Standard Water-Based Inks are free of environmentally damaging chemicals such as lead, PVC, heavy metals, Azo compounds,
Nonylphenol and Phthalates. They do not contain ozone depleting chemicals – CFCs, HCFCs, VOCs, or volatile solvents.
Water-based inks also allow the use of natural enzymes, including citrus and soy bases, for the cleaning of screens and equipment.
These inks have passed the most rigorous industry tests regarding health and environment with superlative results; Receiving both Nike’s extremely rigid RSL Certificate and the Oeko-Tex Standard 100.
WATER BASED DISCHARGE
These Inks are PVC and VOC free. They do not contain heavy metals, lead, Azo compounds, Nonylphenol or Phthalates.
Water-based Discharge Inks also allow the use of natural enzymes, including citrus and soy bases, for the cleaning of screens and equipment.
These inks meet or surpass all federal regulations and industry tests regarding health and environment. They are Oeko-Tex Standard 100 approved, and many colors have even been approved by Soil Association Certification Ltd. to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS).