Printed Reflective Fabric


XW Reflective is a leading reflective material factory in China since 1985s, the printed reflective fabric is one of our reflective products, very popular in the clothing industry.

Printed reflective fabric refers to the fabric formed by adding special reflective material glass beads into ink resin and directly printed on T-shirt fabrics of various colors through screen printing. In places with insufficient sunlight or at night, it can play a warning role through self-illumination and reflection of external light sources.

Product name reflective material fabric
Daytime Color Sliver printed reflective fabric
Reflection color Sliver printed reflective fabric
Backing fabric Customer-sized, can be supplied by customers
Reflectivity  R>200 CD/LUX
Home wash cycles 25 cycles ( 60°C/140°F )
Width Up to 140CM, can be customized
Certification OEKO-TEX 100

Principle of printed reflective fabric:

The special reflective material glass beads are added into the ink resin and printed directly on T-shirt fabrics of various colors through screen printing. In places with insufficient sunlight or at night, it can play a warning role by self-illumination and reflection of external light sources.  Printed reflective fabric is suitable for printing various fibers.

Advantages & Features of Printed Reflective Fabric:

It can be applied to different substrates

Reflective pattern can be customized

Outstanding reflective effect

Good washability

♦ Production Process of Printed Reflective Fabric:

The principle of reflective printing is to print spherical lens glass beads (composed of silica, barium oxide, zinc oxide, etc.) on the fabric surface. The glass beads refract, reflect and refract the light on the fabric, so that the incident light returns to the direction of the light source. The color paste composition of reflective printing includes reflector, cross-linking agent and colorant (proper amount).

A mixture should have strong film-forming property and high transparency, in order to improve the fastness of the product, crosslinking agent can be added if necessary. The reflection intensity of reflective patterns printed with different color pastes is different.

The darker the color of general colorants is, the stronger the ability of absorbing light is, and the lower the corresponding reflective intensity is. The process of reflective printing is similar to pigment printing. After printing, it is dried at 100-105 ℃ and then baked at 150 ℃ for 3 min

Fig. 1 Schematic diagram of beam light reflected by sphere

L-Incident light  P– Refraction point  A-Specular reflection point

P`– Refracting point  L`-reflected light

Fig. 2 Schematic diagram of semi buried slurry layer of micro glass beads

1-printing layer 2-paste layer 3-bead 4-coloring layer

Advantages Compared with Screen Printing and Heat Transfer

Feature  Reflective Printing Silk Printing
Productivity High Low, Plate hole easily get blocked
Washing Durablity High Very low
Reflectivity High Low
Feature  Reflective Printing Heat Transfer
Product Cost Low High
Continuous Yes No
Full Width 140 cm 100 cm, restricted by the heat transfer film width and press machines

Two types of printing fabric for you

Silver Reflective Printing Fabric

Rinbow Reflective Printing Fabric

Application Fields of Printed Reflective Fabric:

Reflective fabrics can be used in traffic safety equipment, uniforms, work clothes, protective clothing and other clothing related to the safety of people’s life and property. It can also be used to make raingear, reflective raincoat, reflective sportswear, reflective backpack, reflective gloves, reflective shoes and reflective hats.