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Screen Printing

Screen Printing

Quality printing with exceptional colour that lasts


 

Introduction to Screen Printing:

Screen printing is a printing technique used to push textile ink through a mesh stencil onto garments.

Each colour within your design will require a different screen to be made. Once we have all the screens made we ensure that all the colours line up. We then print all the garments with your design in the placement that is required.

Good Points to Screen Printing:

  • DURABILITY – Screen printing has the best durability, usually outlasting the garment itself
  • VIBRANT COLOUR – Plastisol inks have highest opacity resulting in prints with high brightness and colour vibrancy
  • FRONT – Production of large volumes is faster and cheaper than any other garment decorating techniques
  • VERSITILE – one of the main strengths of screen printing is that it can be applied to almost any type of garment

 

Ink Types:

It can seem a little overwhelming with all the available print finishes that are out there, so to help you make a decision on how you would like your garments to look, here are all the ink types available for you to choose from.

Plastisol –

This is what we would call our ‘standard ink’. This type of ink generally leaves a thicker ink deposit and has a satin finish. The great thing about using plastisol inks, is that they are “user friendly” and therefore be printed onto pretty much every garment.

 

 

 

Discharge -

This is an increasingly popular method of printing within fashion brands. The ink evaporates the dye from the garment and replaces it with the pigment from the ink. This then leaves a very soft print with almost no texture. Using this method, the print won’t fade or crack over time as the garment is permanently dyed the ink colour. One downside to using discharge printing is that colour matching and vibrancy can be an issue, so we can only provide approximate print colours.

Waterbased Ink –

This ink type is similar to discharge, in that it will leave a very soft and durable finish. As these inks are low opacity, they can only be printed onto white/light coloured garments.

Hybrid Print –

We offer a hybrid style (discharge under base) with our usual inks printed on top as standard. This allows us to strive the perfect balance between colour vibrancy / accuracy and a soft breathable, yet durable print, which only gets softer after the first wash. Hybrid Printing is generally available on garments containing 80% or more cotton.

Plastisol Transfers –

This method of printing involves screen printing the design as a transfer and then heat pressing onto the garment. This method is generally used when the garments have an unconventional shape. We generally use this method for caps, hats, neck labels and much more.

 

Specialist Inks and Printing Techniques:

Puff Screen Printing -

This process allows for excellent 3D effects to be added to your design. You can give your full design a raised effect or limit it to certain elements within the design to give it the desired effect and to bring attention to a specific point. The ink that is used is still plastisol based but there is also a foaming agent that expands when it reacts to heat, causing the ink to expand and thus giving it a 3D effect. Puff screen printing is one of the most versatile printing techniques and, so it works very well with nearly all garment types – with the exception of garments with long fabric fibres. For the best results, but if you have a specialist garment that you require and are unsure, then please contact us to confirm.

Reflective Screen Printing -

This method of printing allows you to give an added effect and make the print, or parts of the print, reflect and show up when light shines on them. The difference is that a specialist reflective ink is used rather than the standard plastisol or waterbased inks. This option is great for hi vis workwear that requires lettering or a design to be seen at night, when light is shone on it.

Foil Printing -

This method is where only one screen is used and prepared the way as all screens are, but instead of using ink to print onto the garment, a type of adhesive or glue is pushed through the mesh. Once the adhesive has been applied to the garment a sheet of thin foil is then placed over the top of the glues area and pressed using an industrial heat-press. The foil is then peeled away and all the parts that were in contact with the adhesive remain stuck on the garment.

Proofing before work:

Nothing is left to chance. Whether it be an online order or direct, everything goes through a proofing process. We will take your instruction and relay it back to you for approval before we print or embroider anything. This way you will know for sure you are getting what you wanted.

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