Metallic Shimmers are used to produce a bright, sparkley look when printed. Metallic Shimmers are bleed resistant Shimmer Plastisols that are press ready. Metallic Shimmers consist of fine, shimmering glitter flakes in a low bleed, low fusion, easy to print base.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION; Metallic Shimmers can be printed onto a garment as is, or printed over other colours to highlight areas of a design. When printing multiple colours, Shimmers should be printed last. Shimmers should be printed without any modifications. If modification is necessary use the following reducer: Curable Reducer (Add 1% to 5% by weight).Use International Coatings’ 7500 Series Fluorescents or Process Colors for tinting Shimmer to other shades. Do not mix Shimmers with opaque inks as they will block out or cover the Metallic Shimmer flakes. The Metallic Shimmers have good opacity on dark fabrics. However, in some instances, when printing through finer mesh counts, double hits with or without a flash may be needed. This is especially true when printing 157 or 158 Metallic Shimmers on dark fabrics. Print Metallic Shimmers last in the design to avoid excessive pick-up of the shimmer flakes. The time/temperature cycle is very important when printing through very open mesh screens. It may take the thicker ink film a little longer to reach the proper fusion temperature than a standard ink. Always test for proper fusing before and during a production run.
To obtain best results use decent tension screens 34T/(80) to 90T/(230) both for manual printing and automatic presses – best results with a sharp squeegee blade.
Plastisol will be fully cured at 165°C. Printed garments need to be passed through a quality dryer and the ink film needs to reach the desired temperature to be fully fused, variables such as garment thickness and colour, ink deposit and operating climate will need to be taken into account when setting your oven parameters. Always wash test production to ensure prints are adequately cured.
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