Your screen printing quality fully depends on the condition of your screens - here's how to keep them in great shape!
March 07, 2018
For every screen printing shop, screens are a major expense. Knowing how to clean, care for and store your screens properly can help you to get the maximum amount of life out of your screens, lowering the amount of money your shop spends on screens over time.
In your quest for screen printing efficiency, you've probably considered using a dip tank to clean your screens. Is it a good decision?
February 01, 2018
How do you reclaim your screens? This might be one of the least liked jobs in the entire screen printing shop, which leads most screen printers to explore all screen cleaning options. If you’ve undertaken the search for the best way to reclaim your screens, you’ve likely come across the controversial dip tank. Some screen printers love them, touting them as time and supply savers, while other screen printers warn against them, saying they waist chemicals and produce hazardous waste.
Your screen tension directly influences the quality of your prints - here are some of the root causes of poor tension.
November 28, 2017
One of the most often overlooked details in screen printing is mesh tension. While brand new screens might print great, over time, your mesh tension will wear down. Poorly tensioned screens can have a major impact on print quality, even if it’s hard to notice that the mesh has become loose or saggy.
In order to find the perfect screen for the job, don't just consider what you're printing - consider what machine you're printing with!
May 12, 2017
There's an old adage: "Keep your eye upon the doughnut and not upon the hole". Of course, with screen printing it's sort of reversed, as it's most important to keep your eye on the holes in your screen mesh.
When your prints aren't turning out quite as they should, your screen tension may be to blame!
April 27, 2017
As you strive to maintain top quality in your screen printing, one of the most important factors to achieving great looking prints is also one of the easiest to overlook: Your screen tension.
Learn how to overcome one of water-based ink's biggest challenges - maintaining a sturdy stencil!
April 25, 2017
We all know that screen printing with water-based ink brings some challenges. One of the biggest challenges of water-based ink is fighting stencil breakdown during printing.
While they're usually harmless enough, some ghosts can cause problems with your prints! Learn how to remove and prevent them.
April 18, 2017
Most of the time, reclaiming your screen printing screens is a pretty straightforward task. But occasionally you'll run into an issue that can affect your print quality if not dealt with quickly: ghosting.
There are several different types of screen printing frames to choose from - find out which work best for you!
March 06, 2017
When it comes to screen frames, there are loyalists in all camps. Some screen printers love the old-school feel, low price and sustainability of wood. Others rely on the light, sturdy technology of aluminum frames, and still others swear by the control and print crispness that come with retensionable screens.
Follow these tips to keep your white-on-dark print jobs looking sharp.
January 11, 2017
Almost nothing poses as big of a challenge for screen printers as printing white ink on black or other dark-colored shirts. White-on-dark prints can come out rough, splotchy or blurry, and they can be challenging to fully cure.
The best screen printing results always begin with well-executed pre-press.
December 19, 2016
It's easy to think of your screen printing press as the backbone of your operation. But remember, a press can only deliver quality prints if it's printing through quality screens.