Designs printed with Unistretch Clear exhibit enhanced elongation and resist cracking when the design is stretched beyond normal proportions. Unistretch can be added to any Union plastisol color or overprinted on top of flashed colors to achieve these similar results. Even though Unistretch Clear can be added to any color, best results are achieved when it is added to the Athletic Gloss, Maxopake, or Mixopake series of inks. Unistretch plastisols are especially effective when printed upon extremely stretchy fabrics like Lycra or Spandex.
Opacity & Bleed ResistanceUnistretch Clear, when added to light colored inks such as white, gold, or light blue, results in medium opacity inks. A white underbase is required if printing on dark fabrics. See Printing Instructions for more information on printing on dark fabrics. Unistretch inks are not bleed resistant and adding Unistretch Clear to any low-bleed ink will greatly diminish the bleed resistant characteristics of that particular ink.
MeshFor best results use same mesh sizes recommended for the particular ink series in which you have added Unistretch Additive. Coarser mesh counts will give prints a higher ink film strength resulting in better stretch.
StencilsUse any direct emulsion or capillary film compatible with plastisol inks.
Mixing Instructions Unistretch Clear Unistretch Clear may be added to any Union plastisol in any amount. 25% or more is recommended to achieve best results on Lycra/Spandex fabrics.
Print using the specifications outlined on the Union Technical Data sheet for the particular ink series in which you have added Unistretch Clear.
For printing on dark colored fabrics several options are available:Print a conventional fast-flashing white, flash, and overprint with conventional inks containing the percentage of Unistretch Clear for the desired opacity and stretch.
Print a conventional fast-flash white, flash, overprint with conventional inks, flash and overprint with Unistretch Clear.
Add approximately 25% by weight of Unistretch Clear to a fast-flashing white before overprinting with Unistretch colors or custom colors made with Unistretch Clear and Union Toners.
Curing InstructionsUnistretch Clear will not affect the cure time and temperature of any plastisol ink in which it is added. Check the Technical Data Sheet for curing guidelines for ink series in which Unistretch Clear has been added.