NEW TO SCREEN PRINTING?

SCREEN PRINTING SUPPLIES: WHAT YOU WILL NEED

 
Inks

PLASTISOL INKS

PVC based ink with high durability which need curing temperatures around 300-330 degrees Fahrenheit
 

WATER-BASED INKS

Water based ink gives a softer feel on fabric and needs either heat or catalyst to cure
 

DISCHARGE INKS

Water based ink mixed with activator which pulls dye from 100% cotton shirts and replaces with a color or pigment.
Screens

SCREENS

High tension mesh stretched and adhered to a wood or aluminum frame
 
 

SCREEN TAPE

Masks edges of screen where emulsion does not cover
 
 

TEMPERATURE GUN

Laser device used to check surface temperature of ink for proper curing
Squeegees

SQUEEGEES

The flexible blade and handle that transfers ink past the mesh and stencil onto the substrate
 
 

SCOOP COATER

A long trough-like device used to apply liquid emulsion to screen mesh
 

GOOP SCOOP

Tool used to spread ink onto screen for printing
 
Fluids

EMULSION

A photo-reactive chemical or film that is attached to a mesh and developed for use as a stencil.
 
 

DEGREASER

Used to prepare screens by removing contaminants such as oil or dust
 

ON-PRESS WASH

A chemical used to clean ink from a screen that is compatible with the emulsion so the stencil can be used again
 

INK DEGRADER

A chemical used before stencil breakdown to remove oily inks and cleaners, and to prevent staining
 

STENCIL/EMULSION REMOVER

Used in the process of reclaiming screens, a chemical that will dissolve emulsions
 

HAZE REMOVER

One- or two-part chemicals used to remove faint ink stains or ghost images on mesh fabric
 

PALLET ADHESIVE

Liquid or spay used to adhere garments to pallet for printing