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Thinking About Ink for Screen Printing

Dec 04, 2017

An important part of designing a screen printed t-shirt is choosing the type of ink you want your design to be printed with. Here at The Print Room we can create your custom Pantone colour using our plastisol ink mixing system or use our water based inks for a super soft to touch finish. We also offer a number of speciality inks if your looking for something a little different. Check out your options in the list below.



Eco Inks
Our range of Eco Inks are 100% waterbased this means they are better for the environment and do not require chemicals for clean up. Eco Inks have what we call a "soft hand feel", the ink dyes the fabric rather than sitting on top of it as would be the case with traditional plastisol inks. T-shirts printed with Eco Inks are very comfortable to wear because of the soft screen print. We can only print onto 100% cotton garments.

Woven Inks
Our range of Woven Inks essentially bleaches the garment's fabric at the same time as printing it. We can either return the garment colour to the natural cotton colour of off white or can add a pigment to ink to make a coloured print. The benefit of using our Woven Inks is that there is a super soft hand feel to these type of prints. We can only use these inks on 100% cotton garments. Because of the nature of this print technique we cannot Pantone woven ink prints. Some t-shirt fabric colours are not suitable for using Woven Inks your account manager can suggest what t-shirt colours will work for your job. We suggest that you wash Woven Ink prints prior to wearing or sale.  

Standard Inks
We have a wide range of stock colours to choose from, these colours do not have an additional mixing charge using them for your job. However, if you are looking for an exact colour match we can make your colours based on the Pantone Solid Coated colour book.

Custom Mixed Inks
We offer free custom ink mixes (Pantone Solid Coated colours) for orders above 100 units. For order quantities below 100 units we charge a flat fee of $20 +gst per colour.

Metallic Inks
We stock several metallic inks including copper, silver, flat gold and rich gold. Metallic inks begin at .40c per unit from orders over 20 units, discounts apply to larger orders.

Neon/Fluorescent Inks
Looking for something that will definitely stand out? We have the answer, our neon inks! Choose from neon yellow, gold, orange, red, pink, purple, blue & green. Add a neon ink to your design for $0.40c per unit, discounts apply to larger orders.

Specialty Inks
Are you looking for something that little bit special for your t-shirt? We offer a range of specialty inks that are sure to impress; options such as glow in the dark, shimmer, glitter, reflective, suade & puff inks. Speciality inks begin at $1.50 per unit with discounts available for larger orders.

The Print Room are screen printing and embroidery expertsIf you'd like to work with us and create an amazing screen printed t-shirt together get in touch via our online enquiry form or give us a call on 03 425 9694.


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