Textile printing

Textile printing with the use of metal pigments is strongly influenced by fashion trends. In direct printing, the motifs are screen printed (e.g. T-shirts) or rotary screen printing is used (roll material).

With transfer printing, the motifs are printed onto suitable substrates using gravure or flexo printing and then transferred to the textile material by ironing, for example.

Depending on the desired effect, coarse pigments (for high metallic brilliance) or fine pigments (for good coverage) or combinations of pigments are used. For applications that demand higher resistance and/or more authentic appearance, special coated pigments are available for both silver and gold effects.

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Methoxy propanol (PM) aluminium paste

Special solvent pastes designed for use with specific formulations are available for use in gravure, flexo and screen printing inks. Selection is based on the printing process and drying speed requirements, as well as on the substrate limitations.

D 50 value [µm] Solid content Solvent Application
PM/990 17 65 Methoxypropanol
PM/1190 13 65 Methoxypropanol
PM/1380 10 65 Methoxypropanol
PM/2140 13 65 Methoxypropanol

PP aluminium powders

PP aluminium powders are brilliant leafing aluminium powders for gravure, flexo and screen printing applications.

For improved processing safety, pastes that contain solvents or water-based pastes are also available.

D 50 value [µm] Solid content Application
PP/980 17 100
PP/1180 13 100
PP/780 20 100

Alucar®

Similar product form to the Alumet paste but with a narrower particle size distribution. This achieves more brilliant effects (with less coverage).

D 50 value [µm] Solid content Solvent Application
Alucar 2600 24 65 +/- 2 white spirit / aromatics
Alucar 2900 11 65 +/- 2 white spirit / aromatics

Aquador®

The Aquador® series includes stabilized water-based pastes in a fineness range of 5–50 µm. They are successfully used in water-based gravure, flexo and screen printing inks.

Colors: Rich gold, rich pale gold and pale gold (other colors by request) Form of delivery: Water pastes

D 50 value [µm] Solid content Solvent Application
Aquador 2210 50 70 water
Aquador 2250 35 70 water
Aquador 2580 20 70 water
Aquador 3050 11.5 70 water
Aquador 4310 10 70 water

Aquamet®

Stabilized, non-leafing aluminium water pastes with various particle morphology (both "cornflakes" and "silver dollars") for water-based gravure, flexo and screen printing inks.

D 50 value [µm] Solid content Solvent Application
Aquamet NPW/3200 56 60 water
Aquamet NPW/3400 34 60 water
Aquamet NPW/2600 24 60 water

Constant®

Inorganic coated gold bronze pigments that have a significantly higher resistance to temperature and chemicals than the basic pigments in the Luminor® series. They are primarily used in screen printing inks with aggressive formulation components and for high resistance requirements.

Colors: Rich gold, rich pale gold and pale gold (other colors by request) Form of delivery: Powders

D 50 value [µm] Solid content Application
Constant 2210/N 50 100
Constant 2250/N 35 100

Decomet®

Decomet® is the product name for vacuum metalized pigments (VMPs) by SCHLENK. The manufacturing process makes these pigments extremely thin, and in appearance they are extremely smooth and highly reflective when being applied on foils.

Decomet pigments can be used in sheetfed offset, gravure, flexo and screen printing inks. They can achieve effects similar to those produced with metalized substrates and foils, and because they are non-leafing, the effects can also be tinted with color pigments. Special compositions for water-based and UV curable inks complete the range of this highly attractive product range.

D 50 value [µm] Solid content Solvent Application
Decomet 1050/10 12-15 10 water

Grandal® W

Grandal® W are aluminium granules for water borne systems based on non-leafing aluminium pigments.

D 50 value [µm] Solid content Solvent Application
Grandal W/170 6 80 urea-aldehyde resin
Grandal W/8500 15 80 urea-aldehyde resin
Grandal W/2900 11 80 urea-aldehyde resin
Grandal W/9600 13 80 urea-aldehyde resin
Grandal W/9800 8.5 80 urea-aldehyde resin
Grandal W/8500 15 80 water
Grandal W/9600 13 80 water
Grandal W/9800 8.5 80 water

Grandor®

The Grandor® types are pigment preparations in pellet form consisting of approx. 95% pigment and 5% binder for solvent based gravure, flexo and screen printing inks. The Grandor W series (with a water soluble carrier resin) are available for water-based systems.

Colors: Rich gold, rich pale gold and pale gold (other colors by request) Form of delivery: Dust-free pellets that are easy to dose.

D 50 value [µm] Solid content Solvent Application
Grandor 426 n.l. 9 95 urea-aldehyde resin

Luminor®

The relatively coarse types in the Luminor® series (d50 from 20 – 50 µm) are primarily used in the screen printing process and, due to their particle sizes, they produce highly brilliant metallic effects.

Form of delivery: Powder and water-based Aquador compositions in paste form (conventional solvents by request).

D 50 value [µm] Solid content Application
Luminor 2210 50 100
Luminor 2250 35 100
Luminor 2550 35 100
Luminor 2580 20 100

Metaface®

Metaface® aluminium powders that provide high brilliance, good coverage and excellent printability. They are available as powders, water-based pastes or UV pastes.

D 50 value [µm] Solid content Solvent Application
Metaface 2140 13 100 -

Reflex®

Particularly coarse pigments with a particle size (d50) of > 50 µm that produce highly brilliant effects in a bronzing process.

Colors: Rich gold, rich pale gold and pale gold (other colors by request). Form of delivery: Powders

D 50 value [µm] Application
Reflex 1130 42
Reflex 1140 42
Reflex 1150 42
Reflex 1540 50
Reflex 1711 65

Unicoat®

The Unicoat® series a fineness range > 10 µm is primarily used in screen printing.

Colors: Rich gold, rich pale gold and pale gold (other colors by request). Form of delivery: Powder and water-based Aquador compositions in paste form (typical ink solvents by request).

D 50 value [µm] Solid content Application
Unicoat 3050 11.5 100

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