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How to Remove Plastisol Ink

Updated February 21, 2017

Plastisol ink is made from PVC resin and plasticiser. It is commonly used for garment printing. Unlike fabric dyes, plastisol ink does not colour or dye the fibres, but rather wraps around the fibre, creating a mechanical bond. Screens used for printing with the plastisol ink should be cleaned to remove build-up. If plastisol ink is spilt onto your clothing, you can try to remove it; however, the remover may stain or discolour clothing.

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Prepare to work with white spirit or plastisol ink remover. Wear rubber gloves, a breathing mask and protective eye goggles. Work in a well-ventilated area.

Dampen a soft cloth with white spirit. Rub the damp cloth directly onto the print screen or item from which you are trying to remove the plastisol ink. Coat the screen with a thin layer of white spirit. Alternatively, a thin layer of plastisol ink remover can be sprayed directly onto the item. Allow the item to sit for 30 minutes.

Use a soft-bristled brush and soft cloth to lightly brush away the plastisol ink. If needed, apply a second coating of white spirit or plastisol ink remover and brush again to remove all the ink.

Run the screen or item under cool water to remove the white spirit or plastisol remover. Allow the screen or item to air dry.

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Things You'll Need

  • White spirit or plastisol ink remover
  • Soft cloth
  • Soft-bristled brush
  • Water

About the Author

Kallie Johnson began her writing career in 2009, contributing to various online publications. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She enjoys writing home and garden topics and considers herself an expert on do-it-yourself home improvement topics.

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