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SCREEN PRINTING


Screen Printing is the industry standard for producing multiple prints on a variety of materials with maximum vibrancy and durability. We offer a variety of printing techniques and ink types that allow us to incorporate the traditional screen printing style with the latest printing trends. Screen printing is priced by the number of colors in the design, the number of print locations for each design and the number of pieces to be printed. Screen printing is the most cost effective method for producing large quantities of the same design.

We feature state of the art M&R automatic screen printing presses, and are capable of printing speeds in excess of 500 pieces per hour and up to 10 colors. Whatever your order size, we can handle it. We print orders as small as 24 pieces up to 10,000 plus.

We also offer full color low quantity runs with our Digital Printing Services!!!
1-11 pieces is considered low run and is priced by our piece rate which is
$25.00 per garment.

Print Sizes:
Maximum Print Size: 15" x 15"
Fitted Women's and Youth Shirts: 10" x 14"
Sleeve Print: 3.5" x 15"


TYPES OF SCREEN PRINTING


Caviar beads - a glue is printed in the shape of the design, to which small plastic beads are then applied – works well with solid block areas creating an interesting tactile surface.

Cracking ink - the ink produces a cracked surface after drying.

Discharge inks - used to print lighter colors onto dark background fabrics, they work by removing the dye in the garment – this means they leave a much softer texture. They are less graphic in nature than plastisol inks, and exact colors are difficult to control, but especially good for distressed prints and under basing on dark garments that are to be printed with additional layers of plastisol.

Expanding ink (puff) - an additive to plastisol inks which raises the print off the garment, creating a 3D feel.

Flocking - consists of a glue printed onto the fabric and then foil or flock (or other special effect) material is applied for a mirror finish or a velvet touch.

Four color process or the CMYK color model - artwork is created and then separated into four colors (CMYK) which combine to create the full spectrum of colors needed for photographic prints. This means a large number of colors can be simulated using only 4 screens, reducing costs, time, and set-up. The inks are required to blend and are more translucent, meaning a compromise with vibrancy of color.

Glitter/Shimmer - metallic flakes are suspended in the ink base to create this sparkle effect. Usually available in gold or silver but can be mixed to make most colors.

Gloss - a clear base laid over previously printed inks to create a shiny finish.

Metallic - similar to glitter, but smaller particles suspended in the ink.

Nylobond - a special ink additive for printing onto technical or waterproof fabrics.

Plastisol - the most common ink used in commercial garment decoration.
Good color opacity onto dark garments and clear graphic detail with, as the name suggests, a more plasticized texture. This print can be made softer with special additives or heavier by adding extra layers of ink. Plastisol inks require heat (approx. 150°C (300°F) for many inks) to cure the print.

PVC and Phthalate Free - relatively new breed of ink and printing with the benefits of plastisol but without the two main toxic components. Has a soft texture.

Reflective Ink - A highly reflective, solvent based ink.

Suede Ink - Suede is a milky colored additive that is added to plastisol. With suede additive you can make any color of plastisol have a suede feel. It is actually a puff blowing agent that does not bubble as much as regular puff ink. The directions vary from manufacturer to manufacturer, but generally up to 50% suede can be added to normal plastisol.

Water-Based inks - these penetrate the fabric more than the plastisol inks and create a much softer feel. Ideal for printing darker inks onto lighter colored garments. Also useful for larger area prints where texture is important. Some inks require heat or an added catalyst to make the print permanent.