Common screen printing

Common screen printing methods

Screen printing offers many common printing options as well as a variety of special effects. Every design is unique and we are happy to advise you on choosing the most appropriate printing technology.

PLASTISOL screen printing without underbase

Plastisol inks are used for most standard prints. Printing on white textile without using underbase is standard. However, without the use of underbase on black or other textile colour, the inks do not have 100% coverage. The colour of the fabric we are printing on is partially visible through the printed design.
At MERCHYOU, we exclusively use eco-friendly inks that do not contain heavy metals or phthalates.

Printer's tip: 
•    This is a great way of printing to achieve a "vintage" effect.

MOQ of 30 or 50 pcs per design. Find out more.

PLASTISOL screen printing with underbase

By using underbase on black or other textile colour, the inks have 100% coverage. The print feels tougher to the touch. When using plastisol inks on white textile, the underbase is not needed and the print is softer to the touch.
At MERCHYOU, we exclusively use eco-friendly inks that do not contain heavy metals or phthalates.

Printer's tip: 
•    We do not recommend this to print bigger designs with colourful areas. Underbase will cause a "rubber" effect that is usually not desirable. We recommend going for screen printed discharge underbase for such designs.

MOQ of 30 or 50 pcs per design. Find out more.

GOTS certified screenprinting using water based inks

The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is recognised as the world's leading processing standard for textiles made from organic fibres. It defines high-level environmental criteria along the entire organic textiles supply chain including printing and requires compliance with social criteria as well.
MERCHYOU is the only Slovak company, and at the same time the only printing company in Slovakia and Czech Republic, which offers GOTS certified printing.
Verify yourself that we are certified to GOTS. MERCHYOU licence no.: DK25671.
GOTS certified inks do not contain harmful or toxic chemicals, making them safe for humans and the environment. These are the most eco-friendly waterbased inks that meet the strict GOTS criteria as well as other environmental standards, while maintaining excellent printing and wash resistance qualities.

MOQ of 50 pcs per design. 

About GOTS

GOTS printing specifics:
•    Lower ink viscosity affects the covering capability when printing on "hairy" fabrics that have quite some loose threads such as most of the sweatshirt types or textile made of uncombed cotton.
•    Exact pantone colour shade cannot be guaranteed using this technology.
•    Detailed rastered designs can only be printed on very light coloured textile.
•    Typically, the cost of water based inks printing is higher than the cost of plastisol printing. Since working with water based inks is more complex and has a few limitations, it is necessary to send us the print data files and specify your idea. Then we will be able to choose the ideal solution and technology procedures and prepare the price quote for you accordingly.

Printer's tip: 
•    Water based inks are a pleasant alternative to classic plastisol inks. They have a lower viscosity (that is, they are generally thinner) than plastisol inks and thanks to their composition they allow the creation of low and fine layer of print, which is particularly suitable for large print areas and colourful designs. 

About GOTS

DISCHARGE screen printing

Discharge printing is a screen printing process where instead of normal ink, discharge water based inks are used, which remove the t-shirt's dye and leave the t-shirt with original natural fabric colour. The specific shade depends on the colour of the discharged fabric. For example, when discharge printing red textile, the resulting natural color has a subtle red tint.
After the first wash, the film that remains after printing disappears and the desired softness effect of the discharged fabric comes into effect.

Printer's tip: 
•    Discharge screen printing is best on dark coloured 100% cotton fabrics  We do not recommend using other garment types.
•    Using discharge sceen printing as an underbase layer ensures your printed t-shirt will maintain its original lightweight and soft feel even when printing larger areas.

MOQ of 50 pcs per design.

Screen printed DISCHARGE underbase

Discharge screen printing removes the dye in the shirt. Once the dye has been removed, we will re-print the design area with your chosen ink color. Thus, discharge replaces the underbase layer when printing on coloured textile.
The print is thicker to the touch than after discharge printing only, but softer than when use plastisol underbase layer.

Technology specifics:
•    The exact Pantone colour shade cannot be achieved (due to the natural colour of the textile fiber we print on).
•    After the first wash, the printed ink colour fades a little due to the technology used.
•    The final colour shades depends on the textile used and may vary on different garments. 

Printer's tip: 
•    Discharge screen printing is best on dark coloured 100% cotton fabrics  We do not recommend using other garment types.
•    Using discharge sceen printing ensures your printed t-shirt will maintain its original lightweight and soft feel even when printing larger areas.

MOQ of 50 pcs per design.

Screen printed TRANSFER

A design is screen printed onto a release paper and then transferred and fixed to the textile using a heat press. It is possible to print up to three colors using transfer screen printing. The printed design keeps its colour stability no matter the textile type and colour.
Both water based and plastisol based inks can be used.

Printer's tip:
•    Screen printed TRANSFER is suitable for printing hard-to-reach places on textiles or materials where common screen printing is not sufficient (e.g. caps, windbreakers or the inside of the sweatshirt).

MOQ of 30 pcs per design. 

Sometimes basic screen printing is not enough. The mark of originality or luxury is achieved by using a well chosen special effect

Maximum print size is 40 x 53 cm.

Maximum all over print size is 80 x 100 cm.

MOQ of 30 pcs per design of up to 3 colours. 
By "design" we mean all the printings on one piece of the garment (e.g. if the t-shirt has a heart print, a back print and a sleeve print, it is necessary to order at least 30 t-shirts with this particular specification). 

MOQ of 50 pcs per design of 4 colours or more. 
By "design" we mean all the printings on one piece of the garment (e.g. if the t-shirt has a heart print, a back print and a sleeve print and one of these has 4 colours or more, it is necessary to order at least 50 t-shirts with this particular specification). 

Some printing effects or techniques may require higher MOQ. 

Please take a look at how to prepare your desing for printing.

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