Print textile industry has grown and developed into more advance industry. You can find many of business today use the digital method to print the design on the fabric. They use wide-format printers to make it easier and create better result. However, it’s still the same with other printing method. This textile printing business also uses many different inks for many different fabrics. Here are some of them.
Acid Dye Inks
This ink is specially made to use for printing on animal protein fibers. For example, if you want to print on wool, silk and other similar material, you use it. This ink is made of acetic acid or citric acid, which both of them are organic material. However, the acid dye like this can be dangerous, because it has toxic property. Therefore, if you want to use it, you need to be careful.
This is the opposite of Acid Dye ink. This ink is used to print on synthetic fibers. For example, you can use it for acrylic fiber, polyester or nylon, which usually use for many purpose, especially outdoor purpose. The disperse dyes use the dispersing agent to place the color on the fabric. And, to finish the process, the high temperature is needed.
Pigmented Textile Inks
This ink usually used on cotton fabric. The ink is the best choice, because it’s very durable and last longer. The weakness of this ink is the detail and sharpness. If you compare it with dye ink, the pigmented textile ink isn’t as good as dye ink. However, there are many latest pigmented textile ink product today that has almost similar quality like dye inks, thanks to very developed textile printing technology.
Reactive Dye Inks
This ink is used for plant-based fabrics printing. For example, you can find it used on cotton or linen fabric. To finish the printing process, the heat is needed. The heat will make the ink not only dry, but also release the color.
UV-Curable Textile Inks
Like its name, the finishing process for textile printing using this ink uses the UV Light. The UV light will be used to reveal the real color of the ink. More than that, by using this finishing method, the printing result won’t release dangerous substance into environment. This ink also can be used to many different fabrics. The ease of the usage of this ink also make this printer ink is used on most of print textile.