How to Mix Screen Printing Inks

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How to Mix Screen Printing Inks
One way to mix screen printing ink is to apply it to clothing. (bottle of ink image by Alfonso d'Agostino from Fotolia.com)

Screen printing inks are used to create screen prints on T-shirts and other clothing. Placing a print on an article of clothing can be easy, but it requires a special ink. Mixing screen printing ink involves a couple of ingredients, such as hardener and thinner. When these two ingredients are added, the ink will become a certain consistency that is perfect for screen printing. Mixing screen printing ink may be time-consuming, but you will get a perfect mixture in the end.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Electronic scale
  • Mixing cup
  • Mixing stick
  • Hardener
  • Thinner

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Place the electric scale on a level surface. Place the mixing cup on scale to help you determine the weight of the mixture as you are mixing. The weight of ink should be 40 to 50g.

  2. 2

    Add at least 40g of ink to the mixing cup. If you place less than 40g of ink in the cup, it will not flow well. Continue by adding an ink hardener with a ratio of 4-to-1. Use the mixing stick to mix the ink and hardener together.

  3. 3

    Add 1 tbsp to 1/4 cup of thinner to the mixture. This amount of thinner should equal 5 per cent of the overall mixture. Use the mixing stick to combine it completely.

  4. 4

    Add the thinner again drop by drop to achieve a suitable viscosity. The entire amount of thinner should equal 15 per cent of the mixture. This percentage also includes the 5 per cent added earlier.

  5. 5

    Stir the mixture with the mixing stick until it's completely combined.

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