PERMASET AQUA® is a revolution in textile screen printing inks. Based on carefully selected pigments and the latest advances in polymer technology, Permaset Aqua delivers pure colour, a superior soft handle and excellent durability in an easy to use ink that is environmentally friendly.

PERMASET AQUA water-based inks are environmentally sustainable

PERMASET Standard and PERMASET Supercover

Permaset Aqua includes both regular (transparent) and Supercover (opaque) ranges together with 4 Metallic and 4 Process colours (CMYK) and a range of ancillaries. Each range includes 8 “Glow” colours and also a Print Paste.  PERMASET® Standard colours are designed for printing on light coloured fabrics, and PERMASET Supercover colours are designed for printing on dark coloured fabrics and do not require an underbase.

Superior Performance in Both Printability and the Finished Garment

With 45 years of manufacturing experience, Permaset is recognised by both the fine artist and professional printing trade as the premier product amongst textile screen printing inks. Our heritage of innovation continues with a dynamic reengineering of our successful line of quality fabric inks. Building on a record of industry leading products, Permaset Aqua breaks new ground; a water based ink that offers superior performance and eliminates the historical trade-off between printability performance on the screen and post-production performance of the finished garment including user comfort and safety and environmental sustainability.

This 100% solvent free range is environmentally friendly. The pigments provide intense, vibrant colour, rich in coverage and deliver exceptional colour yield. The unique polymer binding the pigment to the fabric delivers exceptionally soft handle and yet shows excellent resistance to damage by rub, wash and dry-cleaning, all without the need for additives. The ink colours have light-fastness ratings of at least 6/8 on the Blue Wool scale – in fact most of the colours received ratings of 8/8.

PERMASET Supercover inks can be printed onto dark fabrics without using an underbase. Image courtesy T-Shirt Workshop in Wollongong

Can Be Used on a Range of Fabrics

Permaset Aqua breaks the rules, performing at a higher standard with enhanced screen stability and extended open time to produce cleaner results, longer. Ideal for use on a full range of fabrics including Cotton, Polyester, Silk and most synthetics. Permaset Aqua is also low in odour and can easily be cleaned up with water. A first-rate innovation, Permaset Aqua is the perfect, versatile textile ink solution; it provides a technically sound foundation while you provide the creativity and contribute to a safer environment.

Environmentally Responsible

Permaset Aqua Process Colours have been granted approval by the Soil Association in the UK, having successfully met the requirements of the Global Organic Textiles Standards (GOTS) for non-organic chemical inputs for use in organic textile processing.

The products covered by the Approval include Permaset Aqua Process Cyan, Permaset Aqua Process Magenta, Permaset Aqua Process Yellow and Permaset Aqua Process Black.

Permaset & Permatone Soil Association Approval 2019

Permaset Aqua inks are vegan.  They have not been tested on animals, nor do Permaset inks contain any animal products.

T-shirt by UK vegan brand Care Wears is printed using PERMASET inks

ACCESSORIES

TABLE ADHESIVE:Designed to hold the fabric in position during printing.
PRINT PASTES:Available in regular Aqua and Supercover. Uncoloured bases for achieving a more transparent shade or for mixing your own colours using Permaset Pigment Concentrates.
PERMASET PIGMENT CONCENTRATES:Pure pigment dispersions, typically used by professional printers in blends with Print Pastes to colour match. Not available in all markets or online – contact Permaset

PERMASET SPECIALTY PRODUCTS

PHOSPHORESCENT GREEN:Enables “glow in the dark” effects.
PUFF PASTE:Heat activated 3D effect. Can be used with standard colours or with pigment concentrates.

Permaset Foil FX

The Permaset Foil FX range consists of 4 colours, Silver, Gold, Copper + Blue.

It is ideal for printing designs like sequins and most effective on dark backgrounds. However, interesting visual effects can also be achieved on white or light coloured backgrounds.

The exceptional sparkle and reflectance is achieved through the use of a very large particle size flake. The interference effect is similar to that achieved in some high-end automotive finishes and cosmetics.

Care must be taken with the use of these inks as the technology used makes them perform significantly differently to more conventional inks.

First, due to the large flake size, a “normal” 43T (110 tpi) mesh cannot be used. A much more open mesh such as 20 or 22T (50-55 tpi) will be required.

Second, and again relating to the flake size, rub resistance is relatively poor and considerable flaking should be expected. In line with this, launderability (wash and dry clean resistance) is also expected to be poor. This product is definitely not suited to use on furnishings.

Third and finally, consideration needs to be given to the type of design that these inks is used for. In large slabs, stretch is compromised and the large mesh can be clearly seen. The product is much better suited to designs where the FOIL  FX print is broken into small areas, very much like sequins.

Some designers have used Permaset FOIL FX to hand paint designs onto fabric rather than screen printing.  This delivers an effect like this gold on black fabric picture from Yardage Design in QLD who has brushed the product onto black linen.

Notwithstanding the above limitations, the FOIL FX range opens up some exciting design opportunities not previously available in a textile ink. So, start thinking Shirley Bassey and happy printing!

Black fabric hand painted with PERMASET Foil FX inks by Yardage Design in QLD

WHICH WHITE DO YOU NEED?

STANDARD WHITE is formulated with significantly higher levels of titanium dioxide pigment and delivers much better opacity. However, there is a slight trade-off with softness of handle.

SUPERCOVER WHITE is our premium opaque white. It has the highest levels of titanium dioxide pigment and binder for use on dark coloured fabrics. Excellent opacity in a water based ink!

FIRST DOWN WHITE is used as an under-base or flash white by Trade printers who wish to print on dark fabrics but use regular Aqua colours to retain their superior softness and vibrancy. Normally used only with multi-station print facilities.

COLOUR CARDS

PERMASET® SUPERCOVER ink colours – for printing on dark fabrics

PERMASET  AQUA® Standard ink colours – for printing on light coloured fabrics

 

 

Permaset Aqua colours are available in 300mL, 1L and 4L sizes. 15L can be provided by special arrangement Permaset water-based inks are excellent for screen printing T-shirt screen printed by Wasted Heroes of Birmingham using Permaset inks Permaset Process Colours have been granted approval by the Soil Association of the UK Permaset inks can be used for block printing Permaset is Australia's No. 1 eco-friendly screen printing ink Screen printing with Permaset water-based inks Hand-painted handbags by Tiff Manuell using Permaset inks PERMASET offers a beautiful range of metallic inks including Copper printed in this photo Permaset's Supercover inks are excellent for printing on dark fabrics like black t-shirts Tote bags printed with Permaset Metallic Copper ink by Sarah M Beckett in Tasmania

PERMASET INKS DO NOT CONTAIN OZONE DEPLETING CHEMICALS SUCH AS CFCS OR HCFCS. THEY ARE ALSO FORMULATED FREE OF AROMATIC HYDROCARBONS. PERMASET IS FREE OF VOLATILE ORGANIC SOLVENT AND DOES NOT CONTAIN PVC RESIN OR PHTHALATE PLASTICISER

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