Printcolor 017 thinner

Thinners – 017 Medium

Printcolor 017 is a medium speed universal thinner for pad print inks.

The official technical stuff from Printcolor
Printcolor 017 thinner is formulated to maintain optimum ink rheology under varying printing conditions created by in-line processes and the sometimes intermittent working of technical screen machinery. Printcolor 017 is a universal thinner suitable for use in all solvent screen print inks. Add at a ratio of 10 – 20% by weight to attain the ideal ink viscosity and print transfer under production conditions.

The medium evaporative speed of 017 thinner is designed to balance drying times while maintaining open screens in multi colour machines or print cycles with longer processing times. The solvent composition of Printcolor 017 thinner is chosen to minimise chemical attack on squeegee blades. ts gentle wear on urethane blades will extend squeegee life and performance.  Refer to the Technical Information and 017 MSDS documents for more details.

What we say about Printcolor 017 thinner
It is not a paint thinner, nor its it a screen ink thinner. Printcolor 017 thinner is specifically formulated to thin ink used in screen printing applications. Printcolor 017 thinner is Quality Assured to ISO 9002 Standards and offers the best value for money on the market.

Printcolor 017 has been developed for universal use with all 300 /600 Series screen inks. The unique mixture of solvents in 017 will help maintain ink consistency over long runs and throughout jobs having slow printing cycles and/or frequent stoppages. The medium evaporative speed of 017 ensures good ink viscosity while retaining print transfer speeds.

Printcolor 017 is a popular thinner because it works well across the range of 300 / 600 Series inks. It gives consistent performance and can be mixed with retarder (see Printcolor 018 medium and 10-03432 slow retarders) to optimise print transfer speed and open screens.

Available in 1L and 5L DG approved plastic jerry containers and 20L drums with screw tap threads.

The good oil from our trade print room

  • Using the correct speed thinner is important. Use one that’s too fast for your application and you’ll be continuously stopping to adjust the ink and open up your screens. Use a thinner too slow for the job and you’ll have to slow down the cycle speed and/or use flash curing between colours. Neither will result in consistently good prints and both will slow productivity.
  • Using super cheap thinner is like frying steak in water; you will cook it but you won’t want to eat it! Printcolor thinner is not expensive, we’ve made sure of that. Buy a litre, try it and see what a difference it makes to your print quality, job set-up times, productivity and general level of happiness in your print room.


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