Silkscreen Printing, more commonly referred to as “Screen Printing“, is a widely used decorating technique in the promotional apparel and marketing products industry. It is a versatile and efficient communication medium, and can be applied to virtually any product to print images such as t-shirts, hats, ceramics, glass, polyethylene, and polypropylene to name a few.
The process involves forcing coloured ink through an ink-blocking screen that has an image cut-out of it. The cut-out image is therefore transferred to the product. Generally, multi-coloured images will require multiple screens, one for each colour.
We offer a number of screen printing solutions that will meet your embellishing needs:
The most common textile printing method, this medium uses plastisol ink (a polyvinyl chloride or “PVC” emulsion) to achieve a vibrant image on light and dark fabric. The resulting finish is a plasticized image with good graphic detail and colour opacity especially on darker garments.
Water based inks
Water-based inks are PVC and Phthalate-free. Water-based inks are breathable and are much softer to the touch since colour is absorbed into the fabric as opposed to remaining on the surface of the material. Water-based inks are more durable than the conventional method of printing because it launders better and it won’t crack over time like the plastisol inks will.
Lighter textiles are ideal for water-based inks and provide an wonderful medium to illustrate a “vintage” look in an image. If a darker fabric is required, an additional step must be taken. Referred to as “discharge printing”, a bleaching agent is applied to the fabric exactly where the image is intended, effectively removing the pigment from the material so the water-based ink can be applied and retain its vibrancy.
Other Screen Print Applications
- Process Colour on Light and Dark Fabric
- Photo-realistic Multi-colour Separations
- Spot Colour Printing
- Graffiti Art or Drop Text
- Vintage Printing
Special Effects Inks
- Fluorescent (glow-in-the-dark)