The best way of printing multiple cotton shirts with a design is screen printing. Screen printing is a traditional printing method used for t-shirts. It is perfect for small and large designs and has a soft feel and long lasting permanent print. Screen printing is our preferred method of printing on t-shirts and clothing because of the quality it produces. When you buy a printed t-shirt from a clothing store, this has most likely been screen printed.
Screen Printing Process
In the Screen Printing process a screen is made up of a metal frame with a fine gauze tightly stretched over it. The gauze is covered with a light-sensitive coating, into which the logo is burnedusing a special light. The Ink is then pushed through the screen by a squeegee and only transfers where the logo was burned. This process is either done by hand or automated created your final branded product.
What affects screen printing prices?
When you order screen printed clothing there are two factors that affect the price.
- Firstly, the number of colours in the design. The screen and setup cost is included in our print price but bear in mind that designs will multiple colours will make the price more expensive.
- Secondly, the number of garments being printed with the design. The price is based on all the garments having the same print put onto them and the unit price becomes cheaper when you print more.
Do your prices include the supply of the garments?
No, prices do not include any garments unless stated that the garment is included. We can source garments on your behalf from the manufacturers, however if a particular garment or size critical job is required we recommend that our customers get their own garments to provide to us so that they are totally happy with their choice before any printing.
How durable are screen prints?
Screen Printing is very durable and long lasting. Using water based inks we print directly onto the garment using pressure and multiple layers of ink. Once the print is complete the garment passes through a t-shirt oven to cure the print at a high temperature for a certain amount of time. This ensures the print says on the shirts and does not wash off.
What is the average lead time?
Screen Printing is very time consuming and dependent on the quantity and current production schedule at time of your order.
Always allow additional time for artwork, proofing and any unforeseen circumstances (such as power cuts). If you need sooner let us know when you place your order and we’ll do our best to accommodate.
I have an urgent job that needed to be printed yesterday! Can you help?
Send us the details of the print job and we will try our best to accommodate. At times we can take on rush-orders, however these types of jobs will incur additional fees, which you will be informed of when you place your order.