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Apparel Screen Printing Tips for Best Results

We want your order to look as impressive as you do. At ApparelnBags.com, we have compiled a list of screen printing tips for printing T-shirts and other apparel, things to consider, and things to avoid. Use the following tips to maximize the quality of your screen printed garment.

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Quick Tips

  • Logo Design: Pay special attention to your creative artwork session to get a great looking printed t-shirt, cap, tote bag or anything

  • Fabric: Select the best fabric for screen printing that will ultimately guarantee you the best results including cotton, jersey, and thermal.

  • Research: Look for a professional screen printing apparel provider that has positive reviews. Choose a screen printing apparel provider that uses the latest equipment for the screen printing job.

  • Resolution: For best result use high-resolution images otherwise the image seems fuzzy

  • Quality Assurance: Ask your screen printing apparel provider to properly cure your printed apparel ink according to the manufacturer recommended curing temperature

  • Printed Proof: Ensure to ask for a sample especially when you are planning to order screen printing apparel in bulk quantity

  • Setup: Not all graphic designers understand how to set up for screen printing, ensure to work with highly skilled/experienced graphic designer to get ideal screen printing result

  • Formatting: If you really want to get the best results then you must focus on vectors, pixels, and image format i.e. JPEG, BMP, PNG, and GIF.

  • Precautions: Do remember to read MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheets) that is provided by screen printing apparel products suppliers to learn about hazardous materials and precautionary information for human use

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Screen Printing Tips for Different Kinds of Fabrics

With the invention of emerging equipment and techniques, it has not remained a daunting task to perform screen printing on any type of apparel. Below are tips for screen printing tips on various fabrics.

  • Jersey Fabrics: Jersey stretchy quality is suitable for screen printing.
  • Water-based fabric paint provides a superior result over common inks (plastisol) as it soaks into the fabric for a softer result.
  • Be sure to use a good adhesive as there is a high chance of jersey moving around in the screen printing process.

  • Cotton Fabrics: Cotton is the ideal choice for screen printing as it has the ability to absorb the ink more readily than any other fabrics.
  • Do remember to choose natural cotton as they are best for screen printing due to their soft and absorbent feature
  • Ensure to give plenty of time to natural air dry phase before placing it to a drying tunnel, heat press or any human-made dry unit
  • Cotton should be tumble dried or baked at low heat for best screen printing results

  • Silk Fabrics: Silk fabric offers a suitable flat surface for screen printing method as well as absorbs ink effectively.
  • Do remember the thinner fabric you choose, the less ink will be absorbed
  • Make sure to wash the fabric and use table adhesive to avoid silk move around or slightly shrink in the printing phase

  • Wool Fabrics: Wool fabric provide an absorbent surface for screen printing just like cotton
  • Ensure the higher the wool count the better result you will get.
  • Do keep in mind the thicker the fabric, the more ink will be absorbed and the more colorful the print will last.
  • You can get a crisper result with a less complex design

  • Acrylic & Polyester Fabrics: Acrylic and polyester fabrics are less absorbent than cotton and silk. However, there are a number of techniques which screen printing apparel provider use to increase the adhesive qualities of the ink for a perfect result.
  • One of the best ways to increase the absorbent qualities of the ink on polyester and acrylic blends is to use synthetic fixer

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Tips for Additional Inks & Additive Resources

Commonly Used Additives Tips

  • Curable Reducers: It is the best option to reduce or thin down plastisol inks. Ensure to utilize the curable reducers to ease printing phase with high -mesh. It offers softer hand on apparel that usually used springily at a ratio of five percent.

  • Discharge: For best results, it is recommended to be used as a finished ink system or as an addictive. It is proven that ZBF chemical bleaches and streams away dye in fabric to provide better print results on dark color fabric. As all garments are not guaranteed dischargeable, always perform sample print before printing in large quantities.

  • Dulling Powder: It works as an agent and offers a matte finish on textured.

  • Elongation Plastisol: It is the percentage that a print will stretch from its original length prior to breaking; it enhances the elasticity of print and has exceptionally durable and crack resistant features.

  • Extender Base: It can also be used as an under base in place of white to print on polyester and cotton/ polyester blends. It reduces dye migration when a white under base is not the right option.

  • Finesse: Its features are same as curable reducer.

  • Flash Additive: It minimizes the gel and heat of the ink as well as reduces the amount of processing time.

  • Poly White: It is a law bleeds ink that helps to prevent dye migration as well as ensures the colors remain true. The high level of pigments helps to avoid submission especially when printing fiber as it may react with the synthetic fibers and change colors.

  • Puff Additive: It offers a special effect elevated print.

  • Retarder: It is typically suggested for bulk water-based inks printing. It facilitates to lessen stick on the screen.

  • Stretch Additive: It is used for apparels with spandex or stretch characteristic of fabrics. It is used for apparels with spandex or stretch characteristic of fabrics.

  • Viscosity Reducer: It is used with plastisol ink. It consists of special de-taking agents which are best for minimizing the quantity of ink that observes to the bottom of the screens in the printing phase.

Additional Commonly Used Inks Tips

  • Discharge: It provides best results on 100% cotton polo, shirt, cap or any apparel. It is recommended to go through a discharge testing phase with 300° gas dryer before printing in bulk quantities.

  • High Solid Acrylic: HSA is the right ink to be used as a PVC alternative in order to fulfill RSL & CPSIA requirements.
  • Silicone Inks: It has exceptional elasticity characteristics. It is recommended for eco-friendly companies. It needs a high level of temperature for best results.


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