How to Remove Plastisol Ink

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Plastisol ink is used with a screen printer for garment printing.
Plastisol ink is used with a screen printer for garment printing. (Image: angel's t-shirt image by sminx from <a href='http://www.fotolia.com'>Fotolia.com</a>)

Plastisol ink is made from PVC resin and plasticizer. It is commonly used for garment printing. Unlike fabric dyes, plastisol ink does not color or dye the fibers, but rather wraps around around the fiber, creating a mechanical bond. Screens used for printing with the plastisol ink should be cleaned to remove buildup. If plastisol ink is spilled onto your clothing, you can try to remove it; however, the remover may stain or discolor clothing.

Things You'll Need

  • Mineral spirits or plastisol ink remover
  • Soft cloth
  • Soft-bristled brush
  • Water

Prepare to work with mineral spirits or plastisol ink remover. Wear rubber gloves, a breathing mask and protective eye goggles. Work in a well-ventilated area.

Dampen a soft cloth with mineral spirits. Rub the damp cloth directly onto the print screen or item from which you are trying to remove the plastisol ink. Coat the screen with a thin layer of mineral spirits. Alternatively, a thin layer of plastisol ink remover can be sprayed directly onto the item. Allow the item to sit for 30 minutes.

Use a soft-bristled brush and soft cloth to lightly brush away the plastisol ink. If needed, apply a second coating of mineral spirits or plastisol ink remover and brush again to remove all the ink.

Run the screen or item under cool water to remove the mineral spirits or plastisol remover. Allow the screen or item to air dry.

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