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Printing on shade cloth with shade cloth ink is now an easy exercise. Using Shadenet Ink’s water based ink which is non-toxic, a 31 screen works best for good coverage. You can print as usual and even spraypaint if you like but the manual screen print process works best. Just be sure to wash the screens soon after printing. Once the water-based shade cloth is set in the screen you will never get it off.

Printing on Shade Cloth with Shadenet Ink 

You might need to take the shade cloth off the table soon after finishing printing so that it doesn't get stuck to the table. When printing on shade cloth, be careful - if the print is still wet and you roll it up it will get damaged and will stick to itself. When the shade cloth ink is wet it's easy to work with, but when it's dry it becomes as durable as other inks for printing on shade cloth. The simple process printing on shade cloth is to complete a clear base coat leaving a good deposit and to fill the holes if you want a solid print.

Once you've applied the clear base coat give it 48 hours to air dry or force dry with hairdryer for about ten minutes so can apply bubble wrap and roll up continuing with the next step of printing on shade cloth. Heat guns are too strong and will at some stage burn a hole in the shade cloth causing you embarrassment and complications. Maximum temperature the shadenet can withstand is about 70 degrees.

On the 80% shadenet you may struggle to close all the holes and may have a fine pinprick effect but a good overall finish. When printing on shade cloth for construction you don't need to cover the holes, and leaving them open can be good to reduce wind resistance and the image is usually being seen from far away so registration is not so important.

When printing on 92% shadenet you will be able to cover all holes and will get a perfect finish (used more for upmarket events).

Generally there are a number of prints in a run, so if you put the first coat down on the shade cloth and have someone following you with a dryer then by the time you get to the last one, the first one is ready for the next coat.

You can use your finger to make sure there are no bubbles and that the coat is even or the holes are filled if that's what you are trying to do. To do long lengths with gaps in between you can just roll up the shade cloth between prints. Ideal equipment for printing on shade cloth is long tables up to 2m wide. Printing on shade cloth for perimeter fencing is ideally 1.8m high which fits the table perfectly and is supplied in 50m rolls.

Each printer has their unique style and tricks but the clear base screen printing ink is forgiving and easy to work with so trial and test to perfection. It also depends on what results you are looking for when printing on shade cloth. Contact Shadenet Ink to order or be put in touch with our trusted shade cloth printers.

Date Posted: 2011-07-08
Posted By: Shadenet Ink
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