DIFFERENT PRINTING INKS & STYLES
The most common and versatile screen printing ink. Plastisol is extremely durable for long lasting color through many washing / drying conditions. Most likely that favorite tee you’ve still got from that awesome concert you saw in high school was printed with plastisol. Standard plastisol prints are extremely versatile but create an ink film that can be felt with the hand. The higher the opacity of the ink, the greater the hand. This heavy hand can be considered a disadvantage at the consumer level. The ink can also be reduced to give of a soft hand as if there was no ink at all.
WATER BASED INK
It’s eco-friendly and extremely soft. It dyes the actual fibers of the garment, changing the actual textile. However, it’s hard to achieve a good opacity, making it very underwhelming on darker fabrics. More recent developments of these inks do have a thicker feel so we can print them on dark shirts, but they still have a pretty hefty hand if we are stacking a lot of ink on the shirt. These inks have more of a matte finish.
Discharge screen printing can be used to print colors on dark garments that in the past would have required an additional layer of white ink in order to achieve proper opacity of top colors. When we need to print a color rather than clear discharge ink we will add water based pigments to the ink in order to essential re-dye the fabric with the color of our choice. This allows us to maintain tight registration and bright prints on dark fabric without the use of an underbase.
In this method we use Water Based or Discharge as an underbase (which means white primer under your design) and then overprint with plastisol. Since white is the bulkiest ink, this method creates a much softer print after a couple of washes, but still has the vibrancy and pms matching of plastisol.
Metallic Ink – Our metallic silver and gold finishes produce a nice bright shiny look when printed on the shirt or garment.
Puff – PLASTIPUFF is a plastisol puff ink formulated to cure and expand rapidly. It adds a “high density” gel into the ink to create an amazing, decorative 3-D look that really makes the printed image stand out.
Glow – GLOW INK will only be effective in complete darkness, when it will radiate a bright lite-green color. It must be printed on white fabric or, for best results, over white plastisol.
Computer Screen Vs. Silk Screen
We do are best to make the print look as close to what you see on your computer screen as possible. But much like any printer, there are variables that make the prints come off different. For example, when printing directly to a dark garment without a white base the colors will not come out looking like the colors on the proof as well as having a faded look.