Water Based Ink Screen Printing
Custom screen printing is a world full of options so sometimes it can be overwhelming to find what works for you. Traditionally, screen printing was done using plastisol inks, which are composed of microscopic solid pigments. Plastisol inks work very well for printing onto fabrics and they are easily reclaimed to cut down on waste ink, which is a huge money saver. Some people, however, aren’t in love with how stiff plastisol prints can be, especially with a lot of ink coverage on the fabric. Luckily for those people, screen printing with water based inks was developed!
Water based ink screen printing is, as the name suggests, screen printing done using water based inks and the effect it has on the print is profound. Water based inks are much thinner than plastisol inks which means they leave a softer “hand” to your print. When you run your hand over the print, you’ll barely be able to feel the ink from the fabric. Since the ink is much thinner you can print over the seams of a garment without distorting the print, which makes it great for all over T shirt printing! By adding a discharge agent to the water based ink you can perform a process called discharge printing. The discharge agent removes the existing color from the fabric and so that the ink can deposit a new color in its place.
So how will you know if water based ink screen printing is right for you? Why not reach out to us at AMBRO Manufacturing to find out more? Our support team is always here to answer questions and to help provide guidance so that you can reach the customization goal you want. We are a contract screen printing, embroidery, and sublimation company so we’ve got the knowledge and ability to meet your printing needs. If you would like to place an order or find out more about us, you can contact us by email or by calling us at (908) 806-8337.