The Screen Printing Shop


The Screen Shop has a mixture of Screen Printing equipment.

Two large automated presses are in the mix that can handle the largest of jobs with precision.  The regulated pressure, speed and angle at the squeegee is key for consistency and perfection to avoid variation between shirts.
This type of equipment is especially optimal for screen printing water based discharge inks resulting in a soft feel the is almost undetectable after the first wash.  A must for apparel that will outsell all the other apparel and commanding a premium price at public events.

Did you know there are two common types of inks used for Screen Printing T-shirts?

Plastisol Ink – The most commonly used is a PVC based system that contains no solvent.  Plastisol is a thermoplastic ink that needs to be heated to a temperature (340° F) to solidify or cure.  The best cure is done in a conveyor dryer where multiple radiant heat chambers are set to approx. 800°F at a speed in which the plastisol ink itself reaches the optimal temperature before exiting the heat chambers.  The timing of the curing process is import to prevent cracking and peeling of the ink.  Therefore, it is important to use a shop who has invested in the proper equipment.  The results speak for themselves.
Advantages of using Plastisol Ink – This is the most cost effective ink as it is easy to work with, and has a long shelf life.  

Disadvantages of using Plastisol Ink – This ink is a thermoplastic and will re-melt if it comes into contact with anything hot enough so ironing would be a bad idea.  The cured ink is a film that can be felt and if a design is large and dense will result in a heat shield blocking air and moisture making the shirt uncomfortable to wear in warm to hot conditions.
Water Base Ink – Is another common type of ink that is preferred when a soft hand is desirable as the cured ink is not easily felt resulting in a soft image keeping the t-shirt to remain soft to the touch.  The t-shirts that are sold at events and at retail stores will sell at a much higher price at higher quantities due to the higher quality feel.  The cured ink uses either dyes or pigments with water as the solvent.  Many water based inks contain co-solvents to speed up the drying process using a type of conveyor dryer that has forced air and high heat that evaporates the moisture from the ink leaving a soft image.  After the first wash, the image can hardly be felt maintaining the soft hand of the shirt.  Water base inks had mainly been used on 100% cotton but now there are now inks that work with blended fabrics without resulting in a distressed look.  When used with a tri-blend shirt, the quality that the wearer will feel is second to none.  There is nothing better that a quality tri-blend shirt decorated with an awesome image.  

Disadvantages of using Water Based Ink – The cost is higher as you will understand as you keep reading.  It is much more difficult to cure than plastisol ink.  The equipment necessary to cure the image needs to have forced air and the drying capacity to remove the water from the ink.  The equipment is larger and more expensive that what is used for plastisol.  The curing process is slower which greatly reduces shop productivity.  This ink has a very short shelf life of four – ten hours when mixed prior to using which means that the correct amount needs to be mixed for the job so there is a good possibility for some waste.  Also, great care must be taken to keep the ink on the screens moist to prevent clogging.  Once the process has started, there is no time allowed for a break in production as the ink on the screens will start to cure quickly when exposed to air.  Special emulsion is used to create the template for the image as the water based inks will break down the emulsion causing printing problems so great care and observation needs to be considered during printing.

Screen Printing Expertise

Why order your apparel from us...

It's important to work with someone like the people at 180 Branding who have "Hands On Experience" to avoid poor results, missed deadlnines and costly mistakes.  

It starts with knowing what types of ink will work with the chosen material.  Some jobs will require additives for elasticity to stretch with the fabric or additives that will keep the dyes in the material from mixing with the lighter ink colors for instance causing white ink from turning pink from a red shirt.  

This person will also know what types of weaves and materials to avoid problems like pilling during the printing process which always ends with poor results.  
Also you can avoid poor choices of fabric that are suseptable to shrinkage after the first wash.  We've all had one of those shirts that have a great image and won't fit after the first wash.

Let 180 Branding ensure the best experience when it comes to Screen Printed T-shirts and apparel.  We will make sure you are well informed throughout the process up to delivery.