Permaset Inks Gone Global! Here’s A Story of Our US Ambassador, Troy Cloth and Paper

by Wendy Croxford

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18 May 2015  | 0 Comments

One of our product ambassadors based in the US, Taylor Gillis of Troy Cloth and Paper, was recently featured in The Vegan Roadie for choosing to make use of eco-friendly inks not only to produce top quality outputs, but also to help conserve and protect the environment.

Here’s his testimonial of the benefits of using highly durable, non-toxic water-based Permaset inks. Read his story.

Poster printing using Permaprint Premium inks
Hey there! My name is Taylor Gillis and I run a small print shop in Upstate New York called Troy Cloth and Paper. Not only are we a boutique commercial screen printer handling client projects, such as clothing and invitations, but we are also a retail store. We sell our own line of greeting cards, t-shirts, art prints, wrapping paper, sketchbooks and more—all designed and printed right here in our shop. Customers really enjoy the fact that they can come in and see us printing, and know that everything is made right here.

One of the most frequent comments we receive is from customers who come in and say “I thought you were a print shop, but I don’t smell anything!” Folks who may have visited another screen print shop in the past, most likely a plastisol shop, assume all shops must smell of chemicals and solvents. We take great pride in being the only exclusively water based shop in our area.

When we first started up about 4 years ago, we used water based inks for screen printing right from the start. Being a self-taught screen printer, working mostly on paper, that was just what I had always used.

Troy Cloth and Paper print t-shirts, greeting cards, art prints, wrapping paper, sketchbooks and more in their print shop in Troy, New York using Permaset’s water based inks.

When I started experimenting with printing on clothing, I quickly realised that all of the water based inks on the market were pretty terrible. Becoming discouraged that there were no other options, I happened upon the Permaset website and ordered some samples. I have been a die-hard Permaset fan ever since!

Using both Permaset Aqua and Permaprint Premium inks, I am thrilled that I can offer my customers a product that is not only high quality, but also environmentally friendly. I love being able to tell customers that their prints will never crack like plastisol prints will. Plus, these inks are 100% non-toxic and solvent free. Customers really like the soft feel and bright, saturated colours. I use Permaprint Premium inks on almost any non-porous surface. I’ve used it on paper, cardboard, wood and even aluminium. This stuff is versatile and durable!


Apart from his testimonial, Taylor also provided some tips on how to make use of water based inks for screen printing:

There is a bit of a learning curve, though. If you’re not used to working with water based inks, here are a few tips (learned the hard way!):

Troy Cloth and Paper Using only Permaset eco-friendly inks in their print shop as prints don’t crack, plus these inks are non-toxic and solvent free.

1) As with all water based inks, you have to flood over the image area after every print. This helps the ink from drying into the screen as you’re working. The flood technique can be a little tricky at first, but it eventually becomes second nature.

2) Keep a spray bottle filled with water handy. Since these are water based inks, water will evaporate as you’re working, and they will tend to thicken up. It’s helpful to give a fine mist every so often to help keep the ink viscous. How often will depend on how dry the air is where you’re working.

3) You need to use a dual-cure emulsion. If you use an emulsion rated only for plastisol inks, it will break down over the course of the print run and the ink will bleed through. Make sure your screen is very well exposed and completely dry before you begin printing.


Thank you, Taylor for sharing your story (and some helpful tips) with us.

If you’re interested in learning more about Troy Cloth and Paper, you can visit them online at

Permaprint Premium water based ink has been used here on aluminium to print this cool
notice to clients advising a company is moving premises. 

Permaprint does not contain ozone depleting chemicals such as CFCS or HCFCS. It is also formulated free of aromatic hydrocarbons. Permaprint premium is free of volatile organic solvent and does not contain PVC resin or Phthalate plasticiser