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I am a latex clothing designer and I want to make prints on the latex sheeting.All latex sheets are just in one colour (from white to black,) and I want for example a tiger print on it or a print of stripes or a checkerboard etc.

The same question but than to texture the latex.

Ofcourse the printed ink should not be erased when it is wet, so it should be waterproof, smudgeproof etc.

I have some pictures attached as an example.

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solemnraven (author)2013-10-05

Have you (OP) tried this and had any results?

I hear that "latex" paints just mean milky and not necessarily rubber. You'll want a rubber based paint, that will give the same stretch for your sheet.

If you find a good paint, all you would have to do is clean properly and do some airbrush or silk screen.

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rickharris (author)2012-07-15

Stencils & a suitable spray paint

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Eendje (author)rickharris2012-07-17

The paint is 'the problem' . When you stretch the latex the print will come apart. Latex is not a nice material to print on. Thank you Rick.

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rickharris (author)Eendje2012-07-17

rubber based inks and paint are around because they print on balloons (although they do it when they are inflated.)

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mpilchfamily (author)2012-07-14

Apparently HP has Latex based inks for some of there printers so maybe that will work.
http://www.hp.com/hpinfo/newsroom/press_kits/2011/HPLatexSummit/LatexTechnology.pdf

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Eendje (author)mpilchfamily2012-07-15

Than you Mpilchfamily.This can be usefull. thank you!

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frollard (author)2012-07-14

The only reliable way I've seen to add decals is to cut them out of the colour you want then use latex adhesive to attach them with a transfer sheet similar to how vinyl decals are applied.

As for printing on latex (like on balloons), it's usually done with silkscreening.

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Eendje (author)frollard2012-07-15

Thank you Frollard. Yep cutting out is a way to do it, but not for a few yards/metres. Thank you for the answer!

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