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Screen Printing on Polyester

Polyester is one of the fabrics most prone to dye migration, so it is important to make sure to have the best inks at hand for screen printing on polyester t-shirts. Most major screen printing ink manufacturers have ink product lines specifically engineered for polyester fabrics. These special low bleed plastisols are meant to combat dye migration, which is the biggest challenge of screen printing on polyester.

Dye migration is most common and visible with white inks on darker shirt colors such as navy, maroon, red, and certain shades of green. It can materialize immediately or even two weeks later. The most common cause is overheating during the curing process. The dyes in polyester fabric may turn gaseous when heated to 330 degrees Fahrenheit. The other major common cause of dye migration happens through a similar chemical reaction and depends mostly on the quality of the dye in the polyester.

The latter issue can only be prevented by making sure to print on quality polyester t-shirts. The former issue can be prevented through the use of poly specific inks, or through the use of nylon bonding catalyst additives. It is important to make sure to cure all polyester fabrics under 320 degrees Fahrenheit, where it is well below the risks of reaching 330 Fahrenheit. Poly inks are designed to cure at a lower temperature, thus reducing the risk of dye migration as a result of the overheating of the fabric. Nylon bonding catalyst additives also reduce the curing temperature of plastisol inks to further prevent dye migration and can be added to regular plastisol inks. Adding a small amount of the nylon bonding additive also helps to bond the plastisol ink to the fabric.

If you prefer to continue using your regular plastisol inks, colored inks are fine without nylon bonding additives. However, using a low bleed white is a must, either with an additive or the special poly ink. Water based inks generally do not print well on polyester. The nylon bonding catalyst additive works well for 50/50 blends, but polyester special inks are generally the best for 100% polyester.

Premium 12oz. cotton canvas ; Solid pigment dye; Gusseted bottom; 24"" handles; 19"" x 12"" x 4.5"";

Liberty Bags 8870 Seaside Cotton Canvas 12 oz. Pigment-Dyed Boat Tote

4.42 oz./yd2 / 150 gsm, 100% polyester snag-protection pique with moisture-wicking, anti-microbial, UV protection performance; Integrated collar stays; Side slits; three-button placket with dyed-to-match buttons;

Team 365 TT21 Men's Command Snag Protection Polo

100% polyester fleece; lightweight performance fleece fabric provides warmth without weight; wicking finish; two-ply collar with plush contrasting lining; reverse coil zipper; contrasting side panels with side entry pockets; reflective ""C"" logo at left cuff;

Champion S270 Adult 5.4 oz. Performance Fleece Full-Zip Jacket

For best results when screen printing on nylon woven fabrics, such as on a nylon sports jacket or nylon cinch sack, just mix a nylon bonding catalyst additive in your plastisol ink. These nylon bonding agents reduce ink viscosity for a much better print that will prevent it from easily rubbing off, peeling, or cracking. For screen printing with a standard opacity nylon bonding catalyst additive, it is best to use a ratio of one part additive to five parts plastisol ink. In using a high-opacity nylon bonding catalyst additive, it is best to use one part additive to four parts plastisol.

When screen printing on spandex, use a spandesol additive with your plastisol ink. These spandesols can be used on lycra spandex, also known as nylon lycra, to produce a design with an excellent softness and stretch. For the environmentally friendly printer, some major screen printing ink manufacturers now carry a special non-phthalate spandesol ink.

Polyester can be a tough fabric to work with since the curing process needs to be very precise, but polyester is a great fabric for t-shirts, jackets, bags, and other products that can be purchased wholesale. Once you have the science of it worked out, the sky’s the limit.

4.42 oz., 100% polyester; Snag protection; Moisture wicking; Antimicrobial; UV protection performance; Self fabric chin guard; Center front coil zipper with semi autolock slider and rubber pull; Sport graphite contrast inserts; Cationic dyes for superior brightness and excellent color-fastness;

Team 365 TT27 Men's Command Colorblock Snag Protection Quarter-Zip

100% polyester heathered wicking knit ; Wicks moisture away from the body ; Ladies' fit ; Pad print label ; Hood with drawcord ; Front kangaroo pocket ; Set-in sleeves ;

Augusta Sportswear AG2907 Womens Shadow Tonal Heather Hoodie

5 oz./yd² / 170 gsm, 58% cotton, 39% modal, 3% spandex jersey; Always flattering Perfect Fit; Soft modal blend drapes without clinging; Shawl collar with one-button closure; Lower pockets; Princess seam for feminine look; Longer length for everyday activity and movement;

Devon & Jones DP462W Womens Perfect Fit Shawl Collar Cardigan