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knucklehead, I was just going to ask........ can you use pigment ink?I would like to start buying alittle bit of screen printing equipment at a time and wanted to know if I can use the Epson 1100 with pigment that I bought from Cobra.
Quote from: kenya on September 30, 2010, 05:50:55 PMknucklehead, I was just going to ask........ can you use pigment ink?I would like to start buying alittle bit of screen printing equipment at a time and wanted to know if I can use the Epson 1100 with pigment that I bought from Cobra.I'm not knucklehead, but i'll shoot at this. Lots of people will tell you that dye-based inks work better than pigment. However, many, many people are using pigment-based inks as they become more popular with manufacturers. I started with a 1400 with the stock Claria inks (pigment) and have now switched to Cobra pigment. I haven't been able to tell the difference, both print very dark, crisp positives. Using a good film and getting your printer settings right is more important than the ink you use. When it comes down to it, it's really not that difficult and you don't need all-black cartridge setups or special inks to get a good positive that will burn a perfect step 8 on a test and burn a great screen exposing with a 500W halogen all the way to a 1KW metal halide.
Sorry for the slow response and thanks everyone for the info and the help...I am still waiting to hear back on something but I have found that when using my pigment inks on transparencies that it doesnt print very well(I am probably using too much ink) and just washes out..You can actually see little bubbles in the ink when its on the transparency..I do have it set to best photo and glossy but I am having other issues as for the color profile seems to be way off on my transfers everything seems to be washed out and faded..Oh well somethin else to work on haha Thanks Again
For simple designs that are bigger than my printers handle I just cut it out of vinyl and apply it directly to the glass on my exposure unit .... place screen on top .... and expose The vinyl makes a real good positive. Actually more opaque than printer quality