The Process of Screen Printing.
What is Screen Printing?
Screen Printing, also known as Silk Screening, is one style of printing graphics on a t-shirt. It is what most companies use and is the oldest method of printing on shirts. Ink is pushed through a stencil that is created onto a screen using a chemical called emulsion. Emulsion when exposed to special UV light, will harden around the design that is printed on clear film with dark black ink.
Emulsion is water soluble, so when the screen is ready, we rinse it with water, let it sit for 30 seconds and then hit it with medium pressure water to wash out the area that wasn't exposed to light. This will leave us our design burned into the screen and it is now ready for printing.
The screen is then loaded onto the press, aligned to the center of our shirt board, taped and ink is placed onto the screen. Once a proper amount of ink is applied to the shirt, it is then cured using a conveyor dryer. The print is heated to a minimum of 320 degrees, this ensures the ink is properly adhered to the shirt.
Screens are $20.00 each, per color. This is a one time fee and screens are held for six months. If there is no shirt order within those six months, the screens are reclaimed and reused. The more colors you have the more screens you will need.
A basic white shirt will start around $5.00 each for one color, front design only. Colors such as black, red, blue, etc., will start at $6.00 each.
Front (left chest) and back design will start at $8.00 per shirt. Prices vary according to size and brand of shirt. Please let us know if you prefer a specific brand.
Small to Large, front and back design will start at $8.00 each.
Xtra Large to 2 Xtra Large, front and back design will start at $10.00 each.
3 Xtra Large and up will start at $12.00 each.
For sleeve prints, there is an additional $1.00 charge, screen fee not included.
Please reach out to us for any questions you may have or to get a quote.