NEW TO SCREEN PRINTING?
SCREEN PRINTING SUPPLIES: WHAT YOU WILL NEED
PLASTISOL INKSPVC based ink with high durability which need curing temperatures around 300-330 degrees Fahrenheit
WATER-BASED INKSWater based ink gives a softer feel on fabric and needs either heat or catalyst to cure
DISCHARGE INKSWater based ink mixed with activator which pulls dye from 100% cotton shirts and replaces with a color or pigment.
SCREENSHigh tension mesh stretched and adhered to a wood or aluminum frame
SCREEN TAPEMasks edges of screen where emulsion does not cover
TEMPERATURE GUNLaser device used to check surface temperature of ink for proper curing
SQUEEGEESThe flexible blade and handle that transfers ink past the mesh and stencil onto the substrate
SCOOP COATERA long trough-like device used to apply liquid emulsion to screen mesh
GOOP SCOOPTool used to spread ink onto screen for printing
EMULSIONA photo-reactive chemical or film that is attached to a mesh and developed for use as a stencil.
DEGREASERUsed to prepare screens by removing contaminants such as oil or dust
ON-PRESS WASHA chemical used to clean ink from a screen that is compatible with the emulsion so the stencil can be used again
INK DEGRADERA chemical used before stencil breakdown to remove oily inks and cleaners, and to prevent staining
STENCIL/EMULSION REMOVERUsed in the process of reclaiming screens, a chemical that will dissolve emulsions
HAZE REMOVEROne- or two-part chemicals used to remove faint ink stains or ghost images on mesh fabric
PALLET ADHESIVELiquid or spay used to adhere garments to pallet for printing