screen printing inks

Term of the Week: Long-Bodied Ink

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A printing ink that is somewhat thick and possibly sticky is said to be "long bodied." Long-bodied inks have higher resistance to initial shear, and they tend to cling to the stencil when the screen is raised.

Conversely, a printing ink that is creamy in texture and breaks cleanly from the stencil edges when the screen is raised is said to be "short bodied."

Source: "The Encyclopedia of Garment Decorating"