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18 Nov 2020  | 0 Comments

PERMASET® SUPERCOVER First Down White is used as an under-base or flash white by Trade printers who wish to print on dark fabrics but prefer to use standard PERMASET AQUA® colours or PERMATONE® inks to retain their superior softness and vibrancy. It is normally used with multi-station print facilities.

Using PERMASET SUPERCOVER First Down White in place of a discharge product will mean you tie up an extra print station however, there are 5 great advantages:


No chemicals means no smells, no rush and no waste with PERMASET SUPERCOVER First Down White.  With discharge printing, once you add the discharge agent the clock is ticking, so you must print the entire bucket within 2 hours. Any discharge ink unused at that time must be disposed of, so there’s a wastage factor with discharge versus using PERMASET SUPERCOVER First Down White.


With PERMASET SUPERCOVER First Down White you can see what you’re printing from the very first print. A complaint of discharge systems is that if a mistake IS made, you don’t get to see it until it comes out of the drying tunnel at the end of the process, by which time potentially 20 more shirts may have been printed.


The lack of chemical addition with PERMASET SUPERCOVER First Down White reduces an opportunity for the introduction of variability into your processes (e.g. in staff mixing practices +/or variability in dye-lots from the shirt manufacturer).  No chemicals, no smells and no headaches also contributes to a safer workplace for you and your staff and a healthier environment for your community.


You’ll get a more consistent result using PERMASET SUPERCOVER First Down White from one shirt colour to the next and one shirt maker to the next.   You don’t know whether this year’s black t-shirt was a surplus white shirt last year, or pink, or brown, or green or orange or purple, so you don’t know what colour it will come out with the discharge process.

The reduction in variability through printing one standard ink as a base onto a shirt puts you back in control; you control the inputs and processes so you get reproducible results.


Added to the above, PERMASET SUPERCOVER First Down White also has Approval by the Soil Assocation of the UK (GOTS 6.0). This means that PERMASET SUPERCOVER First Down White has successfully met the requirements of the Global Organic Textiles Standards (GOTS) for non-organic chemical inputs for use in organic textile processing.

So now you’ve got 5 solid reasons to explore this innovative technology.

For further tips about screen printing with water-based inks check out this Blog 

To find your closest PERMASET Stockist visit our PERMASET Stockist Search

To purchase PERMASET SUPERCOVER First Down White online visit our PERMASET Shop

9 Nov 2020  | 0 Comments

Throughout the process of fabric printing using water-based screen printing inks, heat curing the print is one method to ensure the print is stable and can remain on the garment. Heat curing is subject to variability due to local conditions in the workspace; including the moisture content of the fabric, the ambient temperature and the relative humidity.

There are several practices involved when applying heat to fabrics to cure them.  We recommend test printing before and at the beginning of each print run as heat setting varies from printer to printer. When heat curing water-based screen-printing inks such as PERMASET AQUA®, PERMASET SUPERCOVER® and PERMATONE®, the following methods are used:

For screen printers who are just starting out, make sure that your prints are completely air-dry before heat curing, and testing should be done before embarking on a large print run. For this type of printing, you can employ heat press and flash dry methods.

1. Heat Press

Heat presses are a favoured option for start-up printers as they are compact to buy and quick to operate. They are recommended for small scale production as it takes time to cure each garment.

2. Flash Dry/Cure Units

Prints must be completely air dry first. Flash units are cheap, compact and quick however they can give variable results. The flash dry method is intended to dry ink to produce opaque colours or dry off colours to prevent smudging between print layers when printing multi-colour prints.

For home-studio printers, we recommend using these three methods: hand iron, oven bake and tumble drying to heat set the print.

3. Hand Iron Curing

Firstly ensure your prints are completely dry. When ironing Metallics, fabrics must be ironed from the inside or reverse side as the pigment in metallics limit the amount of heat going into the fabric. This is especially necessary when curing PERMASET SUPERCOVER® prints.

4. Bake Method

You can bake a print in the oven using a low heat temperature of 90°C or 194°F. Make sure to fold the fabric after air drying and wrap it in aluminium foil before placing inside a domestic oven.

5. Tumble Dry

You can heat cure a print by putting it through a tumble dryer.  This method requires 30-minutes. You should always test this method prior to curing all your prints this way.

6. Tunnel Dryer

For commercial and trade printers, employing the drying tunnel method is the best method. The tunnel dryer is also called a belt dryer, this method is the most common for professional screen printers. For PERMASET® inks, the recommended curing is 160°C or 320°F with a standard time of 3 minutes going through the tunnel.  Some print shops have success with shorter dwell times, again test this method and find out what works best for you.

Please Take Note
There are recommended temperature and time instructions for each product on the back of the PERMASET® packs to ensure you can properly set heat fabrics and garments. Learn more about screen printing with PERMASET® here, or  contact PERMASET®  for further advice and tips on screen printing using water-based inks.

For further information about heat curing PERMASET inks check out our Heat Curing Product Information Sheet

When curing water-based inks in a Drying Tunnel or Belt Dryer, we recommend curing 3 minutes at 160°C or 320°F

4 Aug 2020  | 0 Comments

The good thing about water-based inks is that they do not contain phthalates and are water-soluble. You don’t need highgrade solvents to clean the screensjust water. But when you leave water-based inks on the screen mesh to dry, it makes the screen especially tricky to clean. You’ll have to be careful not to ruin the screen and the stencil. 

How do you remove the ink when it’s dried up? 

Managing screen cleaning depends on how you clean and the screen wash you useTo get the most benefits of water-based inks, the idea is control. Use safer, eco-friendly screen wash or less-caustic alternatives that will not only remove the ink but will protect your screen mesh as well. 

Firstly, learn about harsh solvents. These may be lacquer thinners, screen opener solvents, and other products that are high in toxicity and caustic. For the safety of the screen and screen-printers using them, avoid these toxic solventsSecondly, look for safer screen wash options like Franmar AquaWash Waterbased Ink Remover available from

Here are the basics on how you can make screen cleaning more manageable: 

  1. Prepare your screen and several dry rags. 
  2. Take your screen and the rags to the washout booth. The area will make it easier for you to clean the screen. 
  3. Using the dry rags, wipe off excess ink that’s built up around the screen. Start with the thinner areas as they tend to dry very quicklyClean off as much ink as possible and wipe the rag from top to bottom. 
  4. If the ink can’t be eradicated using water and waterresistant emulsion, remove the remaining ink by spraying or applying a screen wash or stain remover. Choose the milder options that wipe the ink quickly without causing damage to your screen. 

You can also opt to soak the screen with a haze remover but it’s more caustic and aggressive. You need to pair it with a pressure washer, applying the highest possible pressure to prevent the haze from remaining on the screen. 

While highly toxic solvents can remove ink stains with less effort, they are not a safe choice. Always look for safer alternatives. At best, the practice is to clean screens right away. This way, you’ll only need water to clean the screens. 

As a guide to cleaning water0-based inks off screens straight away, checkout this video ‘Washing PERMASET ink off Screens’

Water-based inks are eco-friendly and easy to use. To learn more about the PERMASET® range of water-based inks for screen printing, accessories and tools, you can shop here, or Contact PERMASET via this form. 



28 Jul 2020  | 0 Comments

PERMASET Metallic Inks for Fabric Printing

Reflective of metal particles, Metallic inks are specialty inks that provide added shine, vibrancy, and brilliance to your design. When you custom print with metallic inks, you achieve attention-grabbing effects which add to your design or printed piece. Gold and silver metallics are the most common however metallic inks also come in other vibrant colours.

Stunning copper prints using PERMASET Metallic Copper ink by EML, Hobart, Tasmania

PERMASET’s range of metallic inks for fabric are available in Gold Lustre, Bright Silver, Copper and Pearl White. The PERMASET Metallics range are all part of the lineup of PERMASET® AQUA inks.

So what makes PERMASET Metallic inks an ideal choice for your screen print designs?

  • Metallic screen printing inks can be used on light and dark-toned fabrics
  • When printing PERMASET Metallic inks onto dark fabrics you do not require an underbase
  • You may use PERMASET Metallics for screen printing on both natural and synthetic materials
  • Reductions can be made with PERMASET® Metallic Pearl White and PERMASET® Standard colours to create a wide range of Metallic effects including some lovely Rose Gold colours like those below
  • Create shimmering metallic colours by mixing any PERMASET standard colours with PERMASET Metallic Pearl White
  • Add extra highlights of metallic sheen to text and designs to create unique features on t-shirts and other garments

Amazing tattoo design highlighted with PERMASET Gold Lustre in this intricate t-shirt by @ottohouseuk


LITHIUM t-shirt design looks like real metal using PERMASET Bright Silver. Screen printed by @heatwave1973, Bournemouth UK

  • Metallic inks are excellent for performance outfits for theatre or dance, providing costumes with added shine that’s sure to dazzle the audience
  • Metallic prints on custom sports uniforms help to make your sports team stand out in a crowd.

PERMASET Standard and Metallic inks are intermixable. Check out our metallic ink products by visiting your local PERMASET Stockist


PERMAPRINT PREMIUM Metallic Inks for Printing Paper, Cardboard, Coated Metals and More

PERMASET also has a range of  Metallic inks for screen printing onto other substrates called PERMAPRINT PREMIUM Metallics.  You can use the PERMAPRINT PREMIUM Pearl Copper, Pearl Gold, Pearl Silver and Pearl White Metallics to print onto different materials, for example:

  • Add elegance to different substrates such as sealed paper, cardboard, and some coated metals using PERMAPRINT PREMIUM Metallic inks

    Beautiful notebooks hand printed using PERMAPRINT PREMIUM Metallic inks by CDC Creates


  • PERMAPRINT PREMIUM Metallic Pearl Gold is ideal for event invitations, wrapping papers, posters, covers on notebooks, Christmas decorations and more

    Gig poster screen printed with PERMAPRINT PREMIUM Metallic inks


  • Highlight special elements in hand-printed wallpaper, posters and packaging by adding PERMAPRINT PREMIUM Pearl Silver

    Hand screen printed gift wrap by Modesto Studios using PERMAPRINT PREMIUM Metallic inks


  • Add embellishments to book covers, hand printed packaging, signage or placemats using PERMAPRINT PREMIUM Pearl Copper

    Lovely cork placemats and coasters printed with PERMAPRINT PREMIUM Pearl Silver ink by designer CDC Creates


  • Mix PERMAPRINT PREMIUM Pearl White with other PERMAPRINT PREMIUM ink colours to create shimmering colours like those used in this lovely book cover (see video below)

Our range of PERMASET AQUA Metallic inks are suitable primarily to textile printing and can be applied on fabrics including cotton, silk, polyester and synthetics.   Our PERMAPRINT PREMIUM Metallic inks can be printed onto paper, cardboard, some coated metals, some plastics and wood.  You need to experiment on some surfaces to determine the finished results.

Versatile and revolutionary, PERMASET eco-friendly inks offer a beautiful range of metallic inks for many applications, using 100% solvent-free pigments for exceptional colour yield. To find out more about PERMASET inks visit this page  or Contact Us  with your questions.

29 Jun 2020  | 0 Comments

You can expand the range of metallic effects using PERMASET Pearl White as a reducer.

Create shimmering effects by mixing PERMASET standard colours with PERMASET Metallic Pearl White. Shown are 25%, 12% and 6% PERMASET Purple, 25%, 12% and 6% PERMASET Light Blue and 25%, 12% and 6% PERMASET Rose.

All 19 PERMASET Standard colours and Metallic Pearl White are intermixable. This allows you to create a wide range of colours with shimmering effects. The four Metallic Colours; Gold, Copper, Silver and Pearl White are also intermixable.

Rose Gold currently trending in fashion, is easily made by mixing PERMASET Metallic Copper with Metallic Pearl White.

See below a range of metallic effects which can be created by mixing PERMASET Pearl White with other PERMASET colours.

To purchase PERMASET Pearl White ink find your local PERMASET Stockist or you may buy PERMASET Pearl White online here.


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