Glacier Plus White, XOLB-159, is QCM's answer to the question, “Can an
ink have ultimate opacity and still be easy to print?” Glacier Plus
White maintains the brilliance you expect from the Glacier line, but has
been modified for maximum opacity. Manual printers will be pleasantly
surprised that the XOLB-159 is still as soft and smooth as the XOLB-158.
All that, and Glacier Plus White has bleed resistance suitable for most
of your bad bleeders.
PRINTING RECOMMENDATIONS: Screen meshes in the range of 74-230
are recommended for best opacity. Higher mesh counts can be used
successfully depending on your requirements. Direct emulsions, capillary
film or indirect stencil films are all suitable for screen preparation.
Screens of 20 n/cm or higher are strongly recommended. If using lower
tension screens adjust off-contact accordingly. Use just enough squeegee
pressure to deposit the ink on the surface of the shirt. This enhances
opacity and helps ensure a good cure. Try not to drive the ink into the
fabric. Squeegees in the 60-70 durometer range, round or sharp edge
depending on preference, work well.
FLASH CURING: Depending on your flash unit, Glacier Plus White
will flash in 3 seconds, (10 watts per sq. in/heating area) or 4-5
seconds. (6-7 watts per sq. in./heating area)
CURING: Recommended cure temperature is 325° F. (160° C.) for
60-90 seconds, depending on the curing unit and thickness of ink
deposit. The ink film must be heated throughout to thoroughly cure. When
thoroughly cured the ink is 100% washable. Low wash temperatures and
cool dryer settings are recommended. Do not iron or dry clean.
FINISH: Glacier Plus White cures to a semi-gloss finish. It exhibits a somewhat harder hand than XOLB-130 or XOLB-140.
SUBSTRATES: Glacier Plus White is designed to provide maximum
opacity on dark fabrics, 100% cotton or cotton/poly blends. It has
superior "low-bleed" qualities.
NYLON BONDING: If bonding to nylon garments use only 5% of MF-66
nylon bonding agent. More will thin the ink too much. Use within 24
hours once added.
MODIFIERS: Glacier Plus White is ready to use. The soft and
creamy formulation makes it easy for even manual printers. Modification
is not necessary unless you're trying to achieve a special effect or
use. Any extenders will affect opacity. QCM's DT-OI detackifier can be
added at a ratio of 1-2% to reduce viscosity while maintaining opacity.
Never more than 5%.
CLEAN UP: Use mineral spirits or screen wash for ink removal from screens.