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    Default fixing fabric screenprinting ink?

    hi there

    i recently started screenprinting onto fabric, and on the ink pot it says i need to heat-fix it after its dry...but there no other information.
    this might be a dumb question but do i just iron it? inside out or something?

    im assuming this stops it coming out in the wash.

    any help? cheers

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    inside out with an iron will do, real hot.

    you can also put it in a real hot commercial dryer, but in both cases test it after.

    I get an additive with some brand (aquasoft) that lowers the setting temp.
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    Golden makes an additive as well which you may be able to get at a good art store.
    A heat gun works as well. So does an industrial clothes drier at high.

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    Interesting that exists and additive to lower the temps needed to fix the ink..but this additives create problems during the print or what?

    Why the inks don't exit from the industry with this additive already into? To permit the print with other kinds of inks or what?

    Thanks,
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    There are also additives that eliminate the need for heat, but I'd still suggest running them through a drier at high first.

    There are many reasons they don't add these catalysts to the inks naturally. Number one no is that 99.9% of tees are run through a gas drier. These additives can shorten potlife, change washability, and increase cost.

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    thanks people

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    i've used the additive that come with union ink/aerotex water based ink. they seems to work, BUT, you have to use the ink right after you add the additive. After a day or so any leftover ink becomes a weird jelly substance.

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    i just did some with speedball ink, dried overnight, then stuck in my oven at 300 degrees for about a minute. they washed fine after that, and as far as i can tell, none of the ink came out.

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