POP+ TECHNICAL DATA SHEET
MULTI-PURPOSE UV INK
POP+ is a UV curable screen printing ink formulated specifically for substrate adhesion performance. The adhesion properties of POP+ eliminate the need to purchase more costly ink and/or catalyst for substrates which former multipurpose inks were not ideally suited. POP+ is the broadest ink system of its type offering flexibility for pressure sensitive vinyl applications with the unique versatility to adhere to HDPE and fluted polylefin stocks (coroplast, Cor-X) without addition of catalyst.
POP+ offers superior opacity and high gloss while maintaining rapid cure rates ideal for in-line presses. POP+ provides a durable, non-blocking surface and demonstrates excellent outdoor durability. Halftones in this ink series are available in our unique, high definition printing “New Rheology” viscosity.
•Outstanding adhesion to a wide variety of substrates •No additives required for adhesion to Coroplast •Low tack finish for easy handling of double sided prints •Good water resistance •Flexible for multi-layer applications and die-cutting •Suitable for exterior exposure to three (3) years on premium vinyl, 5 years with an overprint of Solar Shield Clear
POP+ exhibits excellent adhesion to pressure sensitive vinyl, top coated and print treated polyester, polystyrene, ABS, polycarbonate, rigid vinyl, expanded foam PVC (Celtec), coated paper, board stocks, PETG, acrylic, high density polyethylene, fluted polyolefins (Coroplast, Cor-X), anodized aluminum and some coated metals.
To determine suitability of the product for the intended use, a pre-test prior to production is advised.
POP+ will cure well when printed through 355 (140 cm) plain weave polyester mesh or finer. POP+’s optimal cure window of 125 to 175 mJ is generally achieved with one 200 watt per inch (80 watt per cm) mercury vapor lamp at belt speeds between 65-75 feet (19-23 meters) per minute.
Adhesion should be a minimum of 95% from curing unit with final adhesion developing within four hours of initial polymerization. Coarser fabrics can be utilized; however, cure parameters may need to be adjusted for the increased ink film.
If a loss of gloss or adhesion due to insufficient cure is noticed, the use of 5 - 10% POP+ Mixing Clear will increase light penetration and improve cure.
Mix well prior to every use. Although POP+ has been supplied in press ready condition, this system may be reduced up to 10% with POP+ Thinner for special viscosity adjustments.
Care should be taken to print the ink at the optimal temperature of 70°-90°F (21°- 27°C). Cool ink will have heavier viscosity and will not flow properly whereas excessively warm ink will be lower in viscosity resulting in poor definition and decreased opacity.
A 70 - 90 durometer polyurethane blade is recommended.
3200 to 3600 square feet per gallon for film deposit of .40 to .60 mil.
Extensive accelerated weathering tests indicate POP+ is suitable for outdoor exposure up to three years depending on substrate selection. The use of premium grade, long-term vinyl films is recommended for decal applications intended to weather up to three years. Accelerated weathering is a reference standards and can’t precisely reproduce actual outdoor performance. Based on prior correlation of accelerated testing versus real time exposure, 500 hours is equated to approximately one year, 45south Florida. POP+ withstood 2,500 hours with a Solar Shield Clear Overprint and 1,500 hours without an overprint.
A superior two part system comprised of POP+ Metallic Mixing Clear and the proper metallic paste has been developed. The increased viscosity of MMC helps insure a good particle suspension and our new metallic technology provides unparalleled premix shelf life and stability. The recommended mixing ratios are: 12% silver paste, 28% gold paste (by weight) to achieve the standard metallic colors. For optimum coverage and opacity, 280 - 305 (110 - 120 cm) plain weave monofilament mesh is recommended. Use POP+ Overprint Clear for extended weatherability and to improve the non-tarnishing properties of the product.
Care should be taken to store ink in tightly closed containers located in a cool (60F to 80F / 15° to 27°C), dark place. After long production runs, excess ink from the screen should be properly disposed. With suitable conditions, the ink is expected to have a shelf life of approximately 12 months from the date of manufacture.
Read the material safety data sheet prior to processing. It contains instructions for precautions when processing, handling and storing inks, as well as first aid. If ink comes in contact with skin, wipe ink off with a clean, dry cloth (do not use solvent). Wash and rinse the affected area with soap and water.
For superior halftone reproduction, POP+ New Rheology halftones are available in three density levels. Additional control of densities may be achieved with the use of POP+ Halftone Extender Base. For best results, 380 (150 cm) plain weave mesh or finer and a smooth, thin stencil coating should be utilized with four color process printing.
POP+ Halftone Yellow .90 1.10 1.35 POP+ Halftone Magenta 1.40 1.75 2.05 POP+ Halftone Cyan 1.40 1.80 2.20 POP+ Halftone Black 1.60 2.00 2.25
POP+ Halftone Extender Base
POP+ is available in twenty opaque standard color Custom matches, metallic, fluorescent and transparent colors are obtainable upon request.
POP+-101 Primrose Yellow POP+-210 Ultra Blue POP+-111 Lemon Yellow POP+-220 Emerald Green POP+-123 Medium Yellow POP+-225 Forest Green POP+-131 Brilliant Orange POP+-226 Lime Green POP+-135 Vivid Orange POP+-235 Teal POP+-141 Fire Red POP+-240 Purple POP+-151 Scarlet Red POP+-260 Brown POP+-155 Rubine Red POP+-301 Opaque Black POP+-160 Rhodamine Red POP+-311 Opaque White POP+-180 Warm Red POP+-312 Dense Black POP+-190 Process Blue POP+-026 Brilliant White POP+-200 Peacock Blue POP+OP Overprint Clear POP+-205 Reflex Blue POP+MMCMetallic Mixing Clear
PANTONE MATCHING SYSTEM COLORS:
The nine PANTONE®approved Color Matching System shades areused to simulate the PANTONE Color Specifier 1000 colors. Formulas were designed for maximum opacity and are available in book or Imaging Color Source software format.
POP+-064 CMS GS Yellow
POP+-066 CMS RS Yellow
POP+-114 CMS Orange
POP+-121 CMS YS Red
POP+-164 CMS BS Red
POP+-165 CMS Magenta
POP+-127 CMS Violet
POP+-230 CMS Blue
POP+-325 CMS Green
POP+ Tinting White
POP+ Shading Black
POP+ Mixing Clear
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