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    Default Poster Inks- Water-based vs. Plastisol??

    We're newbies, (as they say) to poster screenprinting, and have been told many different things about the best inks to use. We have some friends that use Plastisol ink and use a flash dryer between colors, no worries about screens drying up, waiting for things to airdry, etc.
    However, we have been doing a little experimenting with Plastisol fabric inks and maybe it is the brand we are using or how old it is (old left over sample inks given to us by the guy we acquired the press from) but on some samples the ink is lifting and scratching off.
    We are worried about water-based inks, due to the fact that the dry so easily on screens and you constantly have to keep it moving, and the wait time between colors to air dry, etc.
    What are people's thoughts and experiences in the different types of inks for poster printing. (Types and brands if possible)
    Thank you so much!

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    Plastisol binds with fabric once it cures. Paper gives it nothing to bind to.

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    Don't print plastisol on paper.
    I did a few imes and after a few years there will develop a greasy outline around the print area. I was afraid of screens drying, too.
    Make the leap. It's not so bad.
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    waterbased...I am in the desert of new mexico and its not an issue...in new york I would not worry...and the cleanup is much nicer.

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    yep...waterbased is the way to go.

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    i've never heard of using plastisol on paper

    it's way more exoesive though
    so i can't see much of an advantage

    i've never had trouble wth nk drying in the screen
    just keep moving and keep a mister near by

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    just make sure you have everything you need within reach.
    you don't need to take breaks during the printing.
    "I guarantee, the image will not be fade off and you will be pleasure it too. " - a bootlegger
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    How 'bout nice, flat house paint, thinned a little?
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    i used to have probs with ink drying in screen...then i:
    1. added floetrol
    2. began making a flood stroke after each pull
    3. got faster

    no probs any more.

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    Bobby Dixon has used plastisol on some of his posters. I have them. They are actually pretty cool. Have a nice texture to them.

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