SCREEN PRINTING

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Screen Printing

Screen printing is a tried-and-true, cost-effective practice used for decorating apparel.
The uniform screen-printing process is relatively inexpensive and can produce almost unlimited graphics. Although it was the most popular method of athletic garment printing for many decades, screen printing is beginning to give way to other processes such as sublimation.

THE PROCESS

Involving the application of a plastisol type of ink to a garment.

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1. Screens are made for each of the logo or design colours.
2. The ink is prepared and mixed into the correct colour shades for each screen.
3. The ink is applied to the garment by pushing it through the screens and onto the garment one colour at a tine
4. The ink is then heated to a specific temperature at which time the ink solidifies and “bonds” to the fabric.

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PROS

• Lightweight
• Inexpensive, especially for large QTY runs
• Variety of graphics
• Unlimited colours

CONS

• Durable but not permanent
• A skilful technique that requires years of experience to master, is prone to human errors and inconsistencies. It can be difficult to match some colours

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