Opaque water-based inks with unsurpassed colour
for screen printing on dark coloured fabrics  

PERMASET SUPERCOVER® – Opaque Screen Printing Inks

PERMASET SUPERCOVER® Inks are an opaque range of water-based inks designed for printing on dark coloured fabrics right out of the tub. Created with carefully selected pigments and the latest advances in water-based ink technology, PERMASET SUPERCOVER Inks are 100% solvent free and eco-friendly with unsurpassed colour and opacity.


PERMASET SUPERCOVER Inks feature outstanding opacity derived from high pigment loading. As high solids acrylic (HSA) inks, users must flood the screen between prints to prevent the ink from drying in on the image area. PERMASET SUPERCOVER Inks do not contain ozone – depleting chemicals including CFCs and HCFCs, aromatic hydrocarbons, volatile solvents, phthalates, lead, or other heavy metals, and are safe for the screen printer to use.

PERMASET SUPERCOVER prints have a matt finish. The inks are intermixable, light fast, non-bleeding with excellent opacity. They have excellent wash, rub and dry clean resistance once cured.


PERMASET SUPERCOVER Ink is ideal for printing on a full range of fabrics including cotton, polyester, polyester blends, silk and most synthetics.   

PERMASET Supercover shows excellent resistance to damage by rub, wash and dry-cleaning, all without the need for additives. The ink colours have light-fastness ratings of at least 6/8 on the Blue Wool scale – in fact most of the colours received ratings of 8/8.  Fastness to wash and dry cleaning on woollen fabrics may be diminished. 

Use cases

PERMASET SUPERCOVER Ink is supplied ready-to-use and designed to print directly onto dark fabrics without an underbase. 

May also be used on light coloured fabrics if required. 

PERMASET SUPERCOVER Ink is ideal for band and tattoo merch including black T-shirts and may also be used on yardage, homewares, flags, banners, sportswear and tote bags.  

Typical Properties

Information on Drying, Thinning, Wash Up, Mesh Ranges, Stencil Types, Coverage and Ancillary Products are available in the PERMASET SUPERCOVER Colour Card and Technical Data Sheets for PERMASET AQUA, PERMASET Heat Curing and PERMASET FAQs.

We have been using the Glow UV inks from the PERMASET SUPERCOVER range to print these mega detailed designs onto eco-friendly sweatshirts. So easy to print with, no underbase required and the detail is faultless.  Each print glows like a neon light when hit with a UV black light, so when you’re in the club everyone will be mad jealous! 

Midnight Press Screen Printing  

Master printer at an eco-conscious screen printing studio in Manchester, UK

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. You can print on dark backgrounds using PERMASET SUPERCOVER Inks straight from the tub. We developed our opaque PERMASET SUPERCOVER Colour range specially for this purpose. They are excellent for printing on dark backgrounds, achieving rich, vibrant colours with no underbase.

No animal products or animal by-products are used in the making of our inks. 

Further, none of our products are tested on animals. 

All plant based ingredients are certified GMO free. The PERMATONE range has been Approved by the Soil Association of the UK as complying with the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) v 6.0

Yes, the PERMASET AQUA Metallic Ink range can be used to print onto dark fabrics without using an underbase. PERMASET Metallic inks are quite opaque and can be printed straight onto dark T-shirts and fabrics without an underbase. 

PERMASET SUPERCOVER White is our flagship opaque white and is designed specifically as a standalone product for printing on black T-shirts. It has the highest levels of titanium dioxide white pigment for maximum opacity.  

PERMASET First Down White is related but includes a coarse extender pigment which helps provide a tooth for overprinting when used as an underbase. It is designed to be overprinted with PERMASET AQUA or PERMATONE colours. This system will deliver the most vibrant colours with the softest handle on black T-shirts. First Down White is typically used with multi-station print facilities where tight registration can be maintained. 

Fujifilm Dirasol® 916, KIWO POLYCOL®, ULANO 925WR, MacDermid Autotype PLUS 5000, Murakami TXR®/T9 or Chromaline® CP-TexTM. Ask your local supplier for their recommendation for a water resistant emulsion.

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