What is Textile Screen Printing?
Today we will talk about textile serigraphy , more universally known as printing custom t-shirts , it applies to most textile items.
To carry out a quality silkscreen on your personalized T- shirts, several steps are necessary to take into account as a good basic image (possibly need to be retouched) the separation of colors, choice of screen or wood frame and select and prepare the Paints.Once we have these first steps ready, we just need good machinery so that we do not limit the design features.
ONE THING TO KEEP IN MIND IS THAT THE SILKSCREEN OF THE FUTURE IS BECOMING MORE AWARE OF OUR ENVIRONMENT AND THE USE OF ITS WATER-BASED INKS AND PHTHALATE-FREE AND PVCS HELP TO MAKE THE FEEL AND THE APPEARANCE ARE MORE NATURAL.
So that you understand how it would be the stamping in Serigraphy of your design, in a simple and easy way I will explain to you.
We would have to transfer the ink under pressure for that we will use a spatula through a thin mesh that we will have tensed in a frame (screen), if there is more than one color each one requires its screen. The passage of the ink will only be possible in Certain areas, as we have previously exposed it to light by inserting a photolite (your design printed on a transparent sheet) that will determine the areas that will allow us to pass the ink and those that do not.So while we press the ink goes through the mesh in the desired areas and are stamped on the fabric and let it dry.
PRINT DARK CLOTHES, first the white !!
You know that usually a base of white ink is required under all other colors (this is for those who did not know, surely you already knew where the shots were going) and not for the track in the title.
Well out jokes, this helps get enough intensity and opacity without using a lot of ink, which would give us a poor quality finish.To one that would also be possible that we wanted the inks to act in a semi transparent finish.
ONE OF THE MOST USED IN SERIGRAFIA PAINTS IS PLASTISOL, plastic ink.
The textile printing with plastic ink (plastisol) is one of the most used is textile screen printing , if it is true that printing with water-based inks are increasingly being used.The plastisol good thing is that it is an ink that melts very well on the fibers of the garment and is very durable.
The impression with plastisol is the most appropriate to perform four-color process, as I have difficulty pronouncing this word and writing, uffff But for you to understand better, I’ll set an example;I want to stamp that comic image that I like so much !!This is your ideal ink plastisol.Also great for more complex prints.
But one thing to keep in mind that plastisol ink is not recommended for making impressions on zippers or seams since it tends to accumulate around those areas.Therefore in impact33 we recommend in these cases the use of water-based inks, the same in knitwear.