HD INK FOR SCREEN PRINTING TEXTILE AND APPAREL
Natron® SilTex® silicone ink is a two-component, multi-purpose screen printing silicone HD ink for textiles. This screen printing silicone ink is formulated for direct printing, transfer printing, and 3D printing. We developed this silicone ink with the purest silicone polymers. This was to ensure that prints are durable and deliver the ultimate stretch and feel on textiles. And, unlike standard screen silicone printing inks, this ink comes ready to use. There are no toners. Just ink!
Simply add catalyst to the ink, mix, and print. It’s that easy. This unique feature eliminates guesswork, saves time, and eliminates the headache of mixing toners so that you can focus on your business—printing. Click here for step-by-step printing instructions.
These textile screen printing silicone inks are formulated for printing onto most textiles. This includes both smooth polyester and performance fabrics. Interested ink Tag-less printing, check out the Natron ST Series inks?
Benefits of silicone screen printing inks over plastisol inks
- Textiles printed with SilTex have a rich, expensive, and soft feel. This look and feel cannot be achieved with plastisol inks. This enhances the aesthetics of any textile or product printed with this ink.
- Also, SilTex silicone inks are very durable. Products printed with SilTex will withstand numerous washings and abrasions.
- In addition, these inks are PVC-free.
Silicone HD ink mixing preparation
Catalyst: Add SXT Catalyst at 2% of the ink’s weight into the ink.
Solvent: While not required, add SS solvent to alter the ink’s viscosity. Use the solvent when printing transfer labels. Note that adding solvent will reduce the ink’s viscosity and slow the drying time.
Drying: Dry the prints at 212°F–250°F (100°C–121°C) for 60 seconds.
Printing: Use 100–160 mesh screens to print with SilTex silicone inks.
Key features of silicone HD inks for apparel include:
Heat transfer printing:
For transfer printing, a special adhesion layer and several hotmelt powders (polyester and TPU-based) are available.
The adapted viscosity of the inks makes them ideal for automatic cylinder presses and/or semi-automatic presses.
Fast curing (140°C for 70 seconds)