Using PERMASET® SUPERCOVER First Down White in Place of Discharge Ink

by Wendy Croxford

in Permaset Blog

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:

1. TIME PRESSURE & WASTE

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.

2. WHAT YOU SEE IS WHAT YOU GET

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.

3. HEALTH & SAFETY

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.

4. REPRODUCIBILITY

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.

5. SOIL ASSOCIATION APPROVED

Added to the above, PERMASET SUPERCOVER First Down White also has Organic Approval from the Soil Association in the UK. 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 

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PERMASET® INKS DO NOT CONTAIN OZONE DEPLETING CHEMICALS SUCH AS CFCS OR HCFCS. THEY ARE ALSO FORMULATED FREE OF AROMATIC HYDROCARBONS. PERMASET® IS FREE OF VOLATILE ORGANIC SOLVENT AND DOES NOT CONTAIN PVC RESIN OR PHTHALATE PLASTICISER

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