This blog post is going to be one that everyone can relate to because at some point or another they experienced the confusion.
There are a handful of different types of white plastisol inks out there, so which do you use? And to make matters worse companies out there don’t give them a straightforward name. Instead you must try and figure out if you need the Meteor White or Legacy White or maybe you need the Lava Perfect White. Don’t worry if you are a noob and are confused about the different whites: experienced screen printers themselves wouldn’t know what those whites do from their names, that’s why we are simplifying things for you. We are going back to the basics to make choosing ink easier. Let us help you without the dumb confusing names. We have even changed the names of our whites to eliminate any confusion! We have 3 different plastisol whites with the most basic names, no tricks no gimmicks. We have “Under base White” “White Plastisol” and “Polyester White” and if that’s not easy enough we don’t know what is.
Let's dive into the differences.
Under Base White - This is going to be exactly what it says, an under base. Nothing confusing, misleading or anything to make you second guess what the white is for. If you are printing on a dark garment and need an under base this will be the ink you want. Point blank period! This was previously known as “Flash White.”
White Plastisol - The one and only white that will be used for most of your printing. There is no crazy name like frost arctic meteor white. It is just White plastisol, straight forward and simple. It is highly pigmented and opaque, best stand alone white for your day to day printing. If you guys are wondering which ink this used to be, it went by the name “Hilight White.”
Polyester White - Last we have polyester white, a good low bleed ink formulated for blends and poly fabrics to keep dye migration from ruining your day. Previously sold as "Poly White" on the SPD shop; we eliminated the abbreviations and got straight to the point.
Aside from just blabbing about the name changes lets discuss some characteristics of white inks and some tips when dealing with them. White inks are going to be much thicker than your other colors because they are highly pigmented to increase opacity. This means you will need to reduce fibrillation when printing. It is important to use the correct squeegee durometer and mesh count to help avoid that. You can find more information on fibrillation on our Plastisol Ink for dummies blog post.
Confusion, questions, concerns? Comment below and lets chat.