Have you ever had a printed t-shirt that felt like it had a thick coat of plastic or vinyl on it? Oh, all of them? Do like the way this ink feels to the touch? No? Most folks do not. Do you like the way it chokes off all ventilation and makes you sweat profusely in the areas where the print is placed on the shirt? Me either. Have you ever had the ink on a t-shirt crack after just a few washings and dryings? These inks are called plastisol inks. The are very easy to use and this is why the vast majority of screen printers use them.
Our clients prefer water based inks because they are soft and breathable. They can produce a vibrant or vintage look, depending on the design, and actually become part of the fabric of the shirt as opposed to just sitting on top of the material.
Using the discharge print method we are able to print your designs on dark colors and still maintain the soft feel. The inks bleach out (discharge) the existing dye in the material and replace it with your chosen colors.
The water based inks also result in crisp detailed reproductions.
These inks typically work best on 100% cotton fabric, although a surprising number of 50/50 fabric blends are now showing bright print results as well. There are some fabric dyes that resist the discharge process (kelly green, royal blue, purple) and other cotton garments that print up stunningly well.
We want to work closely with you to pick the best combination of garments and inks to get the results you want.
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