Printcolor 018

Retarder – 018 Medium

Printcolor 018 is a medium retarder for screen and pad print inks.

The official technical stuff from Printcolor
Printcolor 018 is medium retarder suitable for use in all Printcolor screen and pad solvent inks. Evaporation time of the whole system can be slowed by adding 018 retarder. Retarder slows evaportation time of the system, lengthening working time of the print cycle and better release from the screen when operating under extreme operational conditions (elevated heat or humidity for example). Printcolor 018 is formulated from solvents chosen to minimise chemical attack on squeegee. Its gentle wear on urethane blades  will extend squeegee life and performance.

Retarding evaporation will assist to keep screens open but may lengthens touch-dry time on the substrate, for this reason adding more than 10% of Printcolor 018 (by weight) is not advisable under normal printing conditions. In such cases a combined use of thinners and retarders is the best way to optimise ink flow and transfer.

What we say about Printcolor 018 retarder
It is not a paint thinner, nor is it a generic slow thinner. Printcolor 018 is specifically formulated to retard ink used for pad and screen printing applications. Printcolor 018 retarder is Quality Assured to ISO 9002 Standards and offers the best value for money on the market.

Printcolor 700-018 is a universal retarder for pad and screen printing inks used to slow evaporation of solvent from the ink layer where more working time required. A maximum addition of 10% by weight is recommended, over dosing with retarder may cause printing problems and inhibit hardener curing. 700-018 is best combined with 017 medium to achieve correct ink consistency for printing.

Available in 1L cans.

The good oil from our trade print room

  • Adding small amounts of 700-018 is useful where the ink drys too quickly, closing in the screen. This can be an issue in process colour screens and half tone prints, images with very fine detail or when using a fine mesh screen.
  • Used in combination with Printcolor 017 thinner, small additions of 700-018 will help control drying speed of faster ink types without having to thin them to a watery consistency.


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