Probably the most ubiquitous method on decoration or embellishment from mugs to printed circuits.
The video below is a pretty good representation of how a print gets onto a tee shirt, although it's a very basic set up, that light source is rather make do and mend, the principle is the same, light proof image, a light sensitive emulsion coated onto a polyester meshed screen, a uv light source and water to wash it our with.....
So that's how you get a screen print.
Our main work is onto garments, bags and other textiles.
We have printed skateboard decks and stickers before
and by working closely with local specialists in embroidery and digital printing we can offer a full gamut of possibilities
from just one-offs to thousands of prints including re-branding of inside neck labels, swing tag and bagging
We use plastisols for most jobs as they are reliable, quite clean to use with no waste ink going down the drain, suitable to make transfers from and are Pantone® compatible.
They can be used as direct prints or as transfers, and work on many surfaces including, when used as a transfer, nylon jackets, hi-viz vests and also to excellent effect jute bags.
The transfers have a very smooth finish as they are printed on a carrier paper and are also much thinner than a direct print, we use this method to print in-neck labels as we can achieve a very fine finish and small text is perfectly legible.
It also works extremely well on jute bags giving a vibrant print with fine lines and text as good as on a cotton bag, printing them directly is very difficult as the material can't be cured with heat so an air drying ink is required and the fabric is so rough any moderately fine parts of a design can become blurred or lost in the warp/weft.
You shouldn't iron a plastisol print as it will melt under the heat of the iron and make a mess, ironing on the reverse is usually fine
For nylon and polyester bags we use nylobag or nylotex which are air curing and very robust.
Best carousel I've used, micro registration, 6 colour that weighs a ton, matched to an Adelco Workhorse foot operated swing-away spot curer to part cure ink between print colours
We couldn't buy the pallets I though we wanted so we had some made, 5mm steel to accommodate trim-able magnetic tops to allow printing close to or even over seams and give a flat surface to print hoodies with kangaroo pockets.
Adkins heat presses, cap/pocket and A3 swing-away flatbed for transfers of all types including inside neck re-branding which adds a bespoke look to retail garments