PLUS AQUA

Blue, one-pot photopolymer textile screen printing emulsion for use with Plastisol and water based screenprinting inks

PLUS AQUA

PLUS AQUA is a very fast, one-pot photopolymer direct emulsion. PLUS AQUA has been specifically formulated for use in the textile industry for printing imprinted sportswear using water based and/or Plastisol inks.

Features

  • SBQ one pot garment emulsion for use with water based and Plastisol garment inks.
  • 36% solids for good build on the range of meshes that are typically used for garment printing.
  • Fast exposing with a good latitude.
  • Quick washout and excellent print quality.

Benefits

  • Ready to use one-pot formulation.
  • Very good coating quality and rapid drying speed.
  • Short exposure times for better productivity.
  • Resistant to most water based and plastisol textile inks.
  • A very good all round emulsion for the busy textile printer.

Applications

  • PLUS AQUA is designed for printing garments using Plastisol and water based inks only.

Additional Information

WORKING INSTRUCTIONS

PLUS AQUA is pre-sensitised and can be used straight from the pot for short run applications. However, if greater water resistance is required PLUS AQUA can be used with the Diazo powder supplied with the emulsion

SAFE LIGHT WORKING

PLUS AQUA is extremely sensitive to UV light and will ‘fog’ easily unless handled under good yellow safelight conditions.  Similarly, coated screens must be handled under the same safelight conditions. Always store and use the product in original container, replacing lid after use. Even if the product is to be used without the Diazo addition then it should be stirred thoroughly prior to use.

If the Diazo addition has been made, leave the emulsion for at least 1 hour to de-gas prior to use.

MESH PREPARATION

Unused polyester         Autoprep Gel and Auto Degreaser Concentrate

Used polyester             Universal Mesh Prep or Auto Degreaser Concentrate

For more information on mesh preparation, follow this link: How to Guide – Mesh preparation for PLUS emulsions

COATING & DRYING

PLUS AQUA is intended for coarse - medium mesh counts, between 43 and 120 threads/cm.

  1. Apply 1 coat to the print side first followed by 1 coat to the squeegee side.
  2. The screen should be dried at a maximum temperature of 35°C (110°F). Take care to store the screen under dark or yellow light conditions.
  3. The screen must be fully dried to ensure good exposure performance.  If the screen has been stored outside of the drying cabinet it is good practice to re-dry prior to exposure to remove any moisture that may be in the coating.

For more information on coating, follow this link: How to Guide – Coating PLUS emulsions

EXPOSURE

CORRECT EXPOSURE IS ESSENTIAL FOR OPTIMUM STENCIL PERFORMANCE.  UNDEREXPOSURE WILL GIVE A WEAK STENCIL AND REDUCE WATER RESISTANCE

Please note that if the Diazo addition has been made, the exposure time will need to be increased by at least 25%. Use the Autotype Exposure Calculator to determine optimum exposure.

For more information on exposure, follow this link: How to Guide – Exposing PLUS emulsions

WASHOUT & DRYING

Wash out the screen from both sides with a strong spray of water.  Continue the washout until all parts of the image appear clean and sharp.  Surplus moisture can be removed with a compressed air line and then dry the screen at a maximum temperature of 30°C (86°F).

Spot out blemishes with PLUS AQUA and re-expose.

STENCIL REMOVAL

Remove ink from the screen with a suitable Autosolve Screen Wash. Apply  Autostrip  to both sides of the screen.  Leave standing for 5 minutes.  The stencil can then be removed with a strong water jet followed by a high pressure stripper.  If a stain or ghost image still remains, use Autokleen Plus or Autohaze.

For more information on decoating, follow this link: How to Guide – Decoating PLUS emulsions

Note

For very rigorous garment printing applications such as belt printing, extremely long print runs or with particularly aggressive discharge inks, we recommend the addition of one packet of the Diazo Powder. MacDermid Autotype also has PLUS 6000, an economical emulsion equally successful with these types of ink systems.

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