Screen Printing

What is screen printing?

Screen printing goes way back, like way back to 1907. The essential idea of screen printing is that a screen is created to stop the ink from being applied to the whole print area.  We do this by cutting out your design from the screen, which only allows the ink to push through this area.  There’s a whole lot of technical stuff that goes on to do this but we’re keeping it simple.

Anywho, once your screen is setup, we add the ink one colour at a time and pull it over the mesh with a blade or squeegee.  This pushes the ink through the mesh and onto the garment.  We have to ‘flash cure’ each layer of ink before printing the next colour.  Once all of your colours are printed, your shirts go through our tunnel dryer to ensure your print stays in tact for as long as possible.

perks of screen printing?

Ability to
match your brand
More cost
effective for
larger runs
More cost
effective for
larger runs
colours and
metallic inks
More durable
Ability to
print on synthetic

downers of screen printing?

Min order
of 20 units
per design
Large upfront
The more
colours, the more
expensive it gets 
Setup  and
design costs

Examples of screen printing

screen printing faqs

What is the turn around for screen printing?  
Our standard turn around time for screen printing is 2-3 weeks.  We can assist with rush orders also, just give our sales team a call to discuss your deadline.

Do you have a minimum order? 
We require 20 units per design to run a screen print job for you.  For all smaller orders, you might like to look at placing a digital print order via our website.  

Can I mix and match the garments in my order? 
Yes you sure can.  As long as the print remains the same across all of your garments.  We can’t however mix and match bags and shirts, as we print bags on a different board.  

What kind of ink do you use? 
We use the highest quality plastisol inks on the market.  Plastisol inks are very durable and versatile. We also offer a water-based ink if you prefer a softer finish.  Please note with water based inks we are more restricted with what we can accomplish with your print.  

How long will my screen printed shirts last?
Remember the old adage ‘treat em mean keep em keen?’  This doesn’t apply to your carefully crafted prints.  Although screen printing is the most durable print method, please don’t put our beloved tees in the dryer.  If you treat them nicely, they’ll be with you for years!

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