Maxopake inks are the most opaque plastisol colors available. Even the neon colors are bright and highly opaque. Maxopake inks are recommended for direct manual or machine printing on black and dark colored garments. When printing on whites and and light colored fabrics we recommend adding the appropriate extender base for economy.
Maxopake inks are highly opaque.
74-125 (29-49 metric) monofilament polyester. Maxopake inks can be printed through higher mesh counts on light-colored fabrics with the addition of Reducer/ Detackifier (PLRE-9000) or Extender Base (PLUS/PLUE-9090).
Use any direct emulsion or capillary film.
Multiple strokes may be required when printing by hand. When printing with automatic presses use a rounded squeegee to print a thicker ink layer. A soft pad on the printing pallet will minimize penetration into the garment and improve opacity.
These inks will fully cure when the entire ink deposit reaches 300°F (149°C).
The Maxopake series includes two low-bleed colors: Low-Bleed Medium Yellow (PADM/ PADE-2060), and Low-Bleed Golden Yellow (PADM/PADE-2048). The low-bleed inks are recommended for printing on cotton/polyester garments to control the problem of dyes in the polyester fibers migrating or “bleeding” into the plastisol ink. Low-bleed inks are not recommended for printing on light-colored fabrics. On rare occasions ghost images can appear on the back of light blue, green, gray or lavender colored garments. As garment colors most apt to ghost are not colors that tend to bleed, the use of low-bleed plastisols on these fabrics is not recommended. If low-bleed colors are used, cure to at least 325o F (163o C) for at least 2 minutes to minimize the possibility of ghost images. Avoid stacking garments printed with low-bleed inks while they are still hot. Always check to see if you are getting ghost images. If in doubt, slip-sheet between garments with newsprint or butcher paper.
High opacity inks may crock. Red pigmented inks are especially subject to this problem. To control or reduce crocking, add Extender Base (PLUS/PLUE-9090). Always test this product for curing, adhesion, crocking, opacity, washability and other specific requirements before using in production.
*The Maxopake Series contains two colors, PADM/PADE-2048, and PADM/PADE-2060 that are formulated for printing on cotton/polyesters. All other Maxopake colors should be printed on light color cotton/poly blends with the appropriate extender base or on 100% cotton garments only.