- Doubles as a ready-to-use plastisol ink and as an ink mixing system.
- Its low cure property speeds up production while decreasing electrical costs.
- The ink has high opacity, producing bright, vivid prints while maintaining a soft-hand feel.
FN-INK™ helps screen printers that don’t have a lot of extra time or money get the most effective and economical plastisol inks, bolstering productivity and saving money in the process.
FN-INK™ is a non-phthalate, ready to use plastisol ink that works great right out of the bucket, and is not a big financial hit to the ole wallet. FN-INK™ was designed by screen printers, for screen printers to be easy to work with. The FN-INK™ line includes 15-ready-to-use colors.
The fact that FN-INK™ easily cures at lower temperatures (260 degrees), means shops can see real gains in production. Financially Necessary Ink was manufactured to be a great ink at a great retail price, day in and day out. Giving printers the peace of mind that their hard earned dollars are getting the best ROI with this FN-INK™.
Did you know that the classic line makes up the FN-INK™ Mixing System? Browse the mixing software to see what colors you can unlock.
- Bold and vibrant colors.
- Creamy & Easy to Print Inks.
- Soft hand prints.
- Wet-on-wet printing.
- Short flash times, lower cure temperature.
For single print colors, colors will reproduce best over white - light substrate or single white base plate on dark substrates. When direct printing over dark cotton, print-flash-print using lower mesh screens.
Flash at 180-200°F, for 3 - 5 seconds. Each shop’s operating parameters might be faster or shorter depending on your production variable. Cure at 260°F, the ink is cured when it hits 260 throughout the entirety of the ink layer.
If you are able to keep temperatures low in your dryer and hit cure temp* closer to 260°, you can keep the dyes in the polyester fabrics from bleeding into your inks. To briefly summarize why this happens, most polyester fabric’s dye/temperature is set between 270°-300°. When the polyester thread hits the temperature range again, the dyes return to a gaseous state and are absorbed by the plastisol inks. This is why there are low bleed inks on the market.
But as stated above, if you can cure your ink below the bleed point of the polythread, you do not have to worry about dye migration!
*Cure is attained when the ENTIRE ink layer reaches 260°, meaning that the ink is 260° from the top to the bottom of the ink layer. If you are using a laser gun to read the surface temp, this WILL be misleading. Laser temp guns give you a reflective reading. When tested side-by-side with a donut probe, you will see temperature differences as great as 120°-150° early in the cure cycle (the donut probe accurately measures the contact temperature where the crosshairs reside). As you reach the end of the dryer, those temperatures will get closer together. As a direct result – you will need to read a surface temp as little as 60° above what stated cure temp is and as much as 100° depending on how short your dryer tunnel is and how hot your settings are. This is due to a few things:
- The rate that plastisol ink absorbs heat. Some colors will heat up faster than others as they absorb infrared heat waves more readily.
- How hot the ink is when entering the tunnel. Cooler inks will take longer to heat up, thus taking longer to reach cure.
- The thickness of your ink deposit. As we all know, thicker ink deposits take longer to cure than thinner ink deposits. A longer dwell time is needed to reach full-cure through the whole ink layer. Heat/IR waves take time to penetrate and heat up the ink.
- The length of your tunnel. Curing ink is about temperature and time. It takes time for the entire ink layer to heat up and reach cure temp. The faster and hotter you run, the greater your chance to not reach full cure temp at the bottom of the ink layer.
- Cotton garments take longer to heat up compared to polyblends or 100% polyester. This is due to the absorptive nature of cotton. Cotton soaks up and holds onto water. When putting the shirt through the dryer, the dryer will release the water in the cotton fibers, slowing down how fast ink heats up. This process directly relates to how water based ink heats up and reaches cure, just on a smaller scale.
- The quality of your infrared panels. IR Panels are not created equal. Without diving into the deep details, some panels are more efficient in creating heat within the ink layer than others.
When changing your dryer to low cure temps, follow the recommendations and parameters laid out above and do wash testing to ensure your new dryer settings are reaching full cure.
Ink degradent or press wash.
Store at 65-90°F (18-32°C), avoiding direct sunlight. Ideal when used within one year of manufacturing date.
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4 out of 5
We've been using FN inks for a while now, specifically the white. But I bought a 5 gal of the black a few weeks ago to see what it has going for it. Body is good, not too short, has enough slump so that it doesn't constantly climb the squeegee. Low cure is great, opacity is fine. Price is awesome. The only minus for the ink is wet-on-wet (WOW) capability. Finding a good black ink that doesn't build up isn't easy, it's not just FN that has this problem. In today's ink manufacturing world I'm sure they're having raw ingredient shortages and might be forced to use sub-par resins and too much plasticizer and degrading the overall quality of the ink. Plastisol ink has not improved at all in the last 2 years from any ink manufacturer and some of our older inks we have on the shelf perform much better than what we're having to buy today, but that's a whole other topic. WOW capability isn't as important to some shops but in my facility it's something I put as a high priority for all colors except white. The attached pic is after 40 shirts, so obviously not WOW capable. But aside from that this ink is great and most shops don't want/need their black ink to have this characteristic. Even for shops like us who greatly value WOW inks, I'd still buy this ink and use it on every other job and save the more expensive WOW black for when you need it.
This is some really nice and creamy black ink. Some inks in the past can get a little too soupy but this tends to hold a nice creamy texture throughout the print.
Hey Friend! Thank you so much for this awesome, FN review! A nice and creamy ink is so important, especially as we go into Winter when plastisol wants to stiffen up ;) Check out our YouTube channel for tips, and let us know if you have any questions! Keep up the great printing :) Sincerely, Kayli B
Great ink! Wish it was a bit thinner out the tub it likes to ride up
Hey Ruben! Ahhhh yeah - That is FN great to hear We know FN is so smooth, it tends to creep up the squeegee, BUT the end results are worth it, right? We love that you love our ink, and FN appreciate this awesome review! Keep #poweringtheprint Ruben, and don't forget to share your prints with us on social! You ROQ! Sincerely, Kayli B