Just when you thought you knew everything about printing, something like discharge printing comes along to shake things up! Discharge printing is the process of printing onto fabrics using a water based ink that contains a special discharge agent. If that pill is too big for you to swallow, discharge printing essentially removes the preexisting color from the garment and deposits the color of your choice in its place. Why would you want to choose this method for your custom garments? Well, that’s a great question and I’m here to fill you in the answers!
Discharge printing is a type of water based ink which means that your resulting print will be ultra soft. Water based inks are thinner than the standard plastisol inks commonly used for screen printing and some designers can’t live without it! Garments come in countless varieties and some are softer and thinner than others. Putting a thick plastisol print on a flowy top counteracts the purpose and look of the base garment, so why not use discharge printing instead? This way your print will be barely noticeable to the touch and it will fit the overall aesthetic of the garment.
One note to keep in mind when considering discharge printing is that you will need to use 100% cotton garments. In order for the discharge agent to remove the color from the garment, the fibers of the material must be cotton because synthetic fibers will not be affected. Although, you can use water based inks without the discharge agent to print onto synthetic materials and still get a very soft print! Luckily for you, we offer all of that and more here at AMBRO Manufacturing! If you would like to place an order for is charge printing, or if you would like to know more about our company and customization services, you can contact us through email or by calling us at (908) 806-8337.