Are formulated for use on light coloured fabrics and available in full range of bright and vibrant colours.
Application – Hydrotex fabric colour is a range of water based acrylic inks, suitable for printing on most print ready natural and synthetic materials. When correctly cured it offers excellent wash / dry cleaning resistance and very good light fastness. Hydrotex is available as a ready to print product or may be purchased as a base (print paste) and pigment as required.
Hydrotex is a low volatile organic compound (VOC – white spirit) product (less than 16%) where as most water based textile products have a VOC in the order of 40%o. Hydrotex is also available on request as a 100% water based product (no white spirit) Unlike plastisols, Hydrotex is not effected by ironing or heat from clothes dryers, it allows the garment it’s printed on to breathe and has an excellent “soft hand”
Mesh – Monofilament mesh 43T – 48T is recommended, although both finer or a more coarse may be used as well as multifilament mesh.
Curing – Hydrotex requires heat fixing. For optimum results, heat tunnels should be set at 150 deg. C for 3 mins. Addition of Hydrotex cross linker @ .1% will lower the temperature required to approximately 100-120 deg. C
Additives – Softener may be added to Hydrotex at approx 0.5%. Thickeners, retarders and synthetic fixing agents are not recommended for use in Hydrotex and could have an adverse effect on the finished result.
Colorant – Pigment may be added to print paste at a level of approx 5.0%. It is recommended that Hydrotech pigments be used in conjunction with Hydrotex print paste. It is recommended that all fluorescent colours & black be purchased as finished products & not made by adding pigments to print paste.
Pigment Dying – Hydrotex may be used as a pigment dying system and or sprayed through air guns. Dilute Hydrotex 3:1 with water or if a stronger dye is required, make a 10% solution of sulphate of Ammonia in water then add to Hydrotex and reduce as to reduce colour strength. Dry & then heat set as above.
Wash up – Water. Commercial haze remover may be required to remove stains that build up on the mesh over a period of time. For stubborn stains use a Hydrotech Screen Clean, 1:10 with water.
Packaging – Hydrotex is available in 200ML, 400ML, 1L, 4L, 10L and 20L containers.
Hydrotex & Hydrotech are the Registered Trade Marks of Hydrotech Ink Pty Limited.