Green Galaxy Aurora Force 4 Color Process Cyan HSA Water Based Ink
Achelous of the Cyan Sector brings with him the crushing power of all his people's oceans. Four Color Process printing is a technique for printing a life-like design using only four ink colors layered over each other: Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Black (or, CMYK).
NOTE: Four color process inks are transparent in nature and meant to mix together for a four-color process image and not to be printed separately.
Can be used with any mesh between 110-355. Recommended at 305 mesh, 65 LPI.
Stencil & Emulsion Guidelines
We recommend using either a water-resistant emulsion like Green Galaxy™ CryoCoat and with mesh degreased with Green Galaxy CryoPrep Screen Degreaser. For extended life and long runs, it is recommended to post expose the screens or use an emulsion hardener like Ryonet® Harden-X.
Be sure to stir product prior to use. You may add 5% finish s to reduce any stick and less build up on bottom of screens for long runs. You may also add are retarder at 5% max as well to increase screen time, but the finish s will help with screen time as well. Please insure a proper cure when adding these products, slows down cure slightly.
Load screen with plenty of ink. Flood screen prior to printing. Green Galaxy™ HSA Water Based Ink can be printed with a push or pull squeegee stroke. If printing on an automatic, use a medium squeegee blade and medium squeegee pressure, two passes is typically recommended. After printing, flood screen allowing ink to sit on top of image to avoid drying. If screen clogs or exhibits dry ink in the print, re-flood and aggressively print again, this should clear the screen. If it does not clear the screen, spray a small amount of warm water into the stuck areas of the screen and wipe out with a rag. If you are leaving your screen for an extended period of time be sure to leave your screen flooded completely. If your ink begins to scale over, spray with water to wet the ink. Green Galaxyª HSA Water Based Ink can be printed with other water based inks and with plastisol inks.
For flashing, forced air flash is optimal. Flash until dry to the touch.
Light garments, white cotton is optimal, nicer the fabric, better and cleaner result. Coming soon on under print?
Printed fabric should be cured for a minimum of 90 seconds at 360°F. Ideally, printed fabric should be cured for three minutes at 300-320°F. When curing with ovens that are smaller, we recommend the use of Green Galaxy™ Drive Low Cure Catalyst to ensure a final cure is achieved after 48 hours.
Testing & Precautions
For cure testing: After set period, perform a stretch test to ensure elasticity. It is always recommended to perform a wash test to ensure proper cure prior to going into production. You may also run abrasion testing to watch for flaking, crocking and test adhesion. Increase cure dwell time if testing fails.
Ink should be removed from screen as soon as printing is completed. General wash-up (on ink that has not dried) can be done with water, though using Sgreenª Aqua Wash is much easier and recommended. For aggressive or dried screens, use Sgreenª Aqua Wash to dissolve ink and blast out areas of stuck ink with water pressure.
Keep container(s) tightly closed. Store in cool, well-ventilated location that is locked.
General Safety Precautions