Pre Treat Inks

Our 3 Pre-Treats

The PigmentInc® pre-treats are an amazing way to increase wash fastness, optical brightness and generally lower the amount of ink needed in production – this ensures faster process times by reducing the dpi resolutions needed while printing, so you need a lot less ink to get truly bright colors, opaque white layers, and reduced saturation bleeding. They leave little if any hand and do not require any pre or post washing process.

Light Cotton/Light Polyester and ALL blends

PigmentInc® Light pre-treat is designed to create a dye disperse effect to the fibres in fabric with superior adhesion. This is achieved because of the latex derivatives within the binder solution so that pigment particles actually adhere to the fibre strands of cellulose or synthetic fabrics very similar to a dye ink. Inks are not held up on the surface which is common for most pigment ink sets but allow penetration within the fabric. Simply put the PigmentInc® Light pre treat formulation enhances print quality with amazing colors. Edge detail or image sharpness is drastically increased along with wash fastness by a factor of up to 3x. The PigmentInc® Light formulation will work for high speed roll to roll printers and equally as well in most common DTG style printers. Available in 2, 5 and 20 liter barrels. Cure with tunnel or press. The images below on poly and cotton are typical print results with PigmentInc® Light formulation pre treat.


Dark Cotton Pretreat (for white inks)

The PigmentInc® Dark cotton pre treat is a low cost coating agent designed for white ink printing. Properties within the pre treat are designed to work with P30i white inks and offer residue free coating that is stain free and less toxic than previous pre-treats. Even soft bamboo fabrics retain their pliable and soft hand characteristics. Images remain sharp, vibrant and crisp and edge definition is drastically increased. The dark cotton pre treat formula is reduced 50% with water in your spray gun or pre treat machine and when applied there is no wicking, crystallization or staining. Smaller amounts are needed to cover the printed area and this cost reduction alone is favorable with printers. The dark cotton pre treat is more forgiving in the entire pre treat process making it extremely easy to apply. Garments can also be pre treated and post cured prior to printing (up to 1 week). The darkcotton pre treat will work with all current brands of DTG inks that are pigment based, Available in 2, 5 and 20 liter barrels. Cure with tunnel or press.


Dark Poly Pretreat (for 50-50 blends and 100% synthetics)

Typically polyester has been difficult to print even for screen printers because of the dye migration during heat curing – typically the background dye will creep into the white layers of ink turning to a dark brown or dark grayish color. So the challenge is to create a surface that covers the polyester completely and will block the fabric original dye from creeping into the white base. Now… poly is also very stretchable typically with 2 and 4 way stretch properties. So a pre treat and ink that will stretch 300% had to be developed and won’t peel or wash out over time. The PigmentInc® Dark poly pre treat series achieves this with a combination of latex derivatives in the P30i inks and matched specialized polymers in the pre treat. In combination results are spectacular – you can expect a bright opaque white ink layers and no fading or color migration during curing. When cured the white inks will stretch completely with the fabric. The finished hand is very similar to a screenprint as the inks are surface mounted unlike sublimation. Poly printing requires more process steps and requires longer cure times and lower temperatures to cure. We recommend a combination of heat press and tunnel dryers for production and limiting the areas printed. These are typical requirements in screen printing practices as well. If your need is to print polyester fabrics then work with us in creating your ideal print process. (Compatible with P30i Pigment series only)


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