Texopaque Classic OP
Texopaque Classic OP is part of the Texopaque Series of direct printing, maximum opacity, plastisol inks designed for printing most natural and synthetic fabrics. The series incorporates Fujifilm Sericol’s unique ‘Co-Plus’ Technology which eliminates build-up.
Texopaque Classic OP are conventional plastisol inks. The Texopaque Series also includes a phthalate compliant option – Advantage ON, and Pioneer OK, a PVC free and phthalate compliant plastisol.
Texopaque Classic OP inks must be heat cured at a minimum of 160°C to achieve full wash fastness. Differences in film weight, drying equipment and fabric will greatly affect the dwell time required, but 1.5 – 3 minutes is typical. Some infra-red units can achieve full cure in a very short time. Time will vary dependant on colour (dark colours curing faster than light colours).
It is essential that the entire thickness of the ink film has time to reach the cure temperature or resistance properties will not be achieved. Evaluate your cure schedule by testing the print at the wash schedule it will ultimately be expected to pass.
Flash Curing: Many factors affect the dwell time required for flash curing. These include the type and wavelength of the equipment used, and the distance between the curing unit and the print. Additional factors such as fabric and ink colour, film weight and coverage are also crucial. Under optimum conditions, dwell times of less than 3 seconds can be readily achieved.
Texopaque Classic OP has good wash fastness to I.S.O. Test Nos. 1 (40°C), 2 (50°C) and 3 (60°C).
Colour Matches: It should be noted that the combination of high wash temperatures and strong detergents can cause colour changes in some colour matches, particularly when very small additions of a base colour are added. For example, pastel shades can change colour as the trace additions of base colours are affected in harsh wash cycles. For this reason, it is essential that all formulations are proofed prior to production to ensure wash fastness properties are acceptable.
Prints may be ironed from the back of the fabrics at a cool setting, with a cloth over the printed area. Prints will not resist dry-cleaning and garments should be marked to this effect.
Fibrillation occurs when fibres from the garment break through the ink film during a wash cycle to give a faded appearance. While fibrillation has the look of poor wash fastness it is not caused by the loss of ink, it occurs even with fully cured prints. There are several methods to minimise fibrillation, however, each results in increased print handle:
- Increase ink film weight
- Use a flash-cure ground coat
- Add 5% of EZ444 Nylon Catalyst
As demand for low handle/low film weight prints increases, so does the likelihood of fibrillation. The complex relationship of ink, print technique and garment, reinforces the need to wash test prints to customer requirements prior to production.
Co-Plus – what is it?
The interaction of specially engineered raw materials, optimising their internal cohesive forces, to eliminate build-up.
What does it mean for you?
- No build-up – improves productivity
- Excellent opacity – high impact prints
- Low fibrillation – prints look better – longer
- Soft gel – easy to handle – on and off screen
- Soft hand – prints are comfortable to wear
Intermixing and Compatibility With Other Inks
Texopaque Classic OP is intermixable with other Fujifilm Sericol plastisols where the presence of phthalate plastisicers is not an issue.
The ink film must reach 160°C.
To increase flow, use up to 5% ZE591 Plastisol Flow Thinner.
Wash up with ZT639 Screen Wash Universal, ZS640 Tursub or Actisol Superjet Screen Spray.
Monofilament Nos. 34-100
Most direct stencil materials are suitable.
Dirasol 916 SuperTex
Coverage & Mesh No.
12-16m2/ltr. No. 43 monofilament.
Most knitted and woven fabrics typically used for T-shirts, Sweat Shirts, Sports and Fashion Wear, Badges, Hats and Caps, Travel Bags, Footwear.
Suitable on most common, natural and synthetic, fibres, i.e. Cotton, Cotton/polyester blends. Many grades of synthetic fabrics.
PANTONE®* 1000 Matching Formulae available.
Exceptional opacity. Lead-free. Excellent wet-on-wet printability. Unlimited screen stability. High wash resistance. Build-up free.
IMPORTANT: Stir well before every use. Users should satisfy themselves that Texoplaque Classic OP is compatible with specific textiles and resistance properties are acceptable before commencing production runs.
Texopaque Classic OP:
- Does not contain ozone depleting chemicals as described in the Montreal Convention.
- Is formulated free from aromatic hydrocarbons.
- Is free of any volatile solvent and can therefore be considered to have less impact on the environment, when compared with solvent-based products.