White Ink for Dummies - Screen Print Direct

Have you found yourself perplexed when trying to decide which white ink to use? We know how difficult it can be to navigate all of the options.  There are a handful of different types of white plastisol inks out there, so how do you know which to use? And to make it even more complicated, companies don’t give the products straightforward names. Instead, you’ll see things like Meteor White, Legacy White, or Lava Perfect White. Don’t worry if you’re new to this and are confused about the different whites, even experienced screen printers wouldn’t know how to differentiate those inks. So, we’re going to make things easier for you.

Since the name of the ink can get confusing, we’ve even gone as far as changing the names of our whites to eliminate any confusion. We have five plastisol white inks with the most basic names, to help you find the right product.

  1. Ecotex® Underbase White Plastisol Ink
  2. Ecotex® White Plastisol Ink
  3. Rapid Cure White Plastisol Ink
  4. Ecotex® Polyester White Plastisol Ink
  5. Rapid Cure Polyester White Plastisol Ink


Let's dive into each product. 

Ecotex® Plastisol Ink Underbase White This is exactly as it sounds – an underbase. If you are printing on a dark garment and need an underbase, this is the ink to use.  The viscosity and opacity of this ink is less than a normal white ink so that it lays nice and smooth under the other color of your choice. This ink is not ideal as a stand-alone white it is not opaque enough and will not give solid bold color when printed alone. This ink must be cured at 320.


Ecotex® Plastisol Ink White – This is a standard white to be used for all printing needs. The ink is highly pigmented and opaque. Our standard white is a stand-alone white ink that cures at 320 degrees.  


Rapid Cure White Plastisol Ink – Rapid Cure is Ecotex® White Ink Reformulated to be low bleed and have a faster cure time! We believe it is the best white plastisol ink for screen printing. It is creamy, short bodied and the best overall white ink for all print jobs. Rapid Cure cures at 270 but can also be cured at 320 alongside other standard inks.


Ecotex® Plastisol Ink Polyester White  – The Polyester White is a good, low-bleed ink formulated for blends and poly fabrics to keep dye migration from ruining your day. This ink cures at 320.


Rapid Cure Polyester White Screen Printing Plastisol Ink - This is the alpha of all poly inks. This low bleed white plastisol ink is actually a NO bleed and works for all types of poly blends with a cure temp of 270. Say goodbye to dye migration forever with Rapid Cure Poly.


Many people notice right away that white plastisol ink is too thick. However, white inks are going to be much thicker than other colors because they are highly pigmented to increase opacity. Meaning, you will need to reduce fibrillation* when printing by using the correct squeegee durometer and mesh count. We recommend an industry standard 70 durometer screen printing squeegee. The mesh count will vary dependent on your artwork. You can find more information on fibrillation and how to avoid it in our blog post on Plastisol Ink.

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* Fibrillation: when the fibers of the garment show through a print, or ink deposit, giving the fabric a faded or hairy-like look