Plastisol is one of the most popular choices of screen printing ink, but it's not without its challenges - here are some common problems and how to confront them!
May 01, 2018
Plastisol is favored by screen printers for its ease of use. Nevertheless, there are some problems that can crop up when you’re screen printing with plastisol ink. Here is our list of the top 10 most common problems associated with plastisol screen printing and how to solve them.
If you're considering branching out your screen printing from textiles, UV inks can help open up new possibilities.
February 26, 2018
UV inks have been on the market for screen printers since the 1970s. They’ve grown in popularity as manufacturers have worked out product kinks and printers have learned the best applications and methods for UV inks. Screen printers who have been working primarily with garments — or those who are just getting started in screen printing — might be new to the world of UV inks.
While many different varieties of ink have grown in popularity in recent year, plastisol is still king. Here are some reasons why.
January 24, 2018
Plastisol ink transformed the screen printing industry when it was introduced to the market in the 1970s. Since then, plastisol has become the industry standard. Why is plastisol ink so popular?
You'll often see screen printing ink advertised as ready to use out of the container, but there's a wide variety of additives to help you handle different jobs.
January 22, 2018
When it comes to altering ink to get it to behave just how you want, ink additives can be invaluable. When you’re trying to get a print to look and feel just so, looking to create an eye-catching effect or printing on tricky substrates, screen printing ink additives are tools you can use to get your screen printing jobs to turn out just right.
Puff printing is a tried-and-true special effect that can help you create eye-catching designs that stand out from the pack.
January 05, 2018
For those who are old enough to remember, “puff ink” brings to mind neon graphics and all-over 3D designs that were all the rage in the 1980s and early 1990s. The puff ink craze might have gone out of style with the Walkman, but that doesn’t mean puff ink doesn’t have its place in modern screen print designs. When used right, puff ink can add a fun textural element to your screen prints, and if you’ve never given this specialty ink a try, it’s time to see how puff ink can transform your screen printing.
Printing with white ink can be deceptively difficult - here are some tips to help you out!
September 01, 2017
Screen printing with white ink can frustrate even experienced screen printers. The same printing process you use with darker inks on lighter substrates can lead to blurred, fibrillated, heavy-handed or undercured prints when used to print white ink on darker substrates.
A shirt doesn't have to be old to look like it's been well loved! Here are some tips for achieving distressed screen printing.
August 03, 2017
People want cozy, comfortable, lived-in looking screen prints. The vintage t-shirt trend seems to be here to stay. That means if you're in the screen printing business, you'd better understand how to create vintage screen prints.
Check out some tips for screen printing eye-catching designs with metal flake ink!
June 28, 2017
Screen printing is a competitive industry, so it's important to always be on the lookout for ways to separate your business from the pack. It's hard to attract new customers (and retain existing ones) if you can't catch their eye...and giving metal flake ink a try can help you do just that!
Want to get started screen printing workwear? You may find it's not quite like printing t-shirts!
June 14, 2017
The market for workwear can be a golden opportunity for garment decorators. Construction, emergency and industrial workers not only require clothing that shows they're part of a team, they also require clothing that keeps them safe.
To reduce your screen printing shop's environmental impact and avoid potential penalties, you have to understand how to properly dispose of your ink.
June 07, 2017
Even though the ingredients of most textile inks have become more eco-friendly over the years, it's important to remember that they contain certain industrial chemicals. The disposal of these chemicals is usually closely regulated and often strictly enforced.
When you're looking for screen prints that really perform, silicone inks can give you the edge you need.
June 02, 2017
As the demands of decorating performance wear increasingly cross over into the world of fashion, it's become necessary to develop new inks for screen printing. Given the strength and extreme stretch of many of these fabrics, it can be difficult to get the desired result, even with special additives. In response to these challenges, a number of ink manufacturers have developed silicone based inks.
Matching your printed colors to your customers' demands can be a challenge. Here are some tips to make it easier!
May 31, 2017
If you've ever tried to create the perfect color for a persnickety customer, you know color matching ink for screen printing can be a complicated proposition. Sure you have color matching systems to guide you, but many factors can interfere with color matching in screen printing.
For great quality screen prints, you need ink that's ready to do the job - so take some time to prepare it!
May 17, 2017
There are countless screen printing inks that claim to be "ready for use", but in reality almost all inks require some care before they hit your press. Whether you're seeking the right consistency, the right color or a special effect, there are proper ways to get your ink ready for printing.
You might think that you need water-based ink to get a soft hand, but plastisol can work too!
May 03, 2017
Screen printing customers have been increasingly demanding a softer hand feel to their printed t-shirts. Many apparel screen printers have turned to water-based and discharge ink to achieve the soft, retro prints customers request. But plastisol can get the job done too!
Changes in temperature and humidity can have a big impact on your printing. Learn how to prevent potential issues!
May 01, 2017
It's that time of year when the weather is at its most unpredictable, and that means you should be prepared for all the different ways it can affect your screen printing! It's easy to overlook the role that temperature and humidity play in regard to printing results, but they're important factors.