How Using a Dunk Tank Can Improve Printers' Reclaim Processes  | Screenprinting.com

How Using a Dunk Tank Can Improve Printers' Reclaim Processes

Jacelyn Wedman

Reclaiming isn’t the most fun part of the screen printing process. With all the scrubbing, waiting, rinsing, and scrubbing some more, it can become a tiresome task. It doesn’t have to be a monumental challenge, though. There’s a simple solution — a dunk tank. A dunk tank (also known as a dip tank) will change your life. How? Let’s dip into it (pun intended).

Best Practices when Printing Multi-Color Posters with Water-Based Ink  | Screenprinting.com

Best Practices when Printing Multi-Color Posters with Water-Based Ink

Jacelyn Wedman
Ever looked around at your walls and thought “This could use some pizzazz?” Screen printing professional Jamie is with you. The walls of her print studio were bland and boring. Why not print some posters to liven things up? Printing on posters takes a little bit of a different skill set than printing on t-shirts. You’ll need different squeegees, a different platen setup, and a unique curing method.
Tips for Reclaiming Screens for Best Results  | Screenprinting.com

Tips for Reclaiming Screens for Best Results

Jacelyn Wedman
Emulsion remover removes emulsion. Seems simple, right? This chemical reclaims stencils faster with a concentrated emulsion remover solution. The chemistry breaks down emulsion when applied to a screen, and can be used in either a dunk tank or a traditional reclaim setup using a washout booth. But what happens when reclaiming screens takes more effort than usual? How do you reclaim locked-up screens?
How To Dial In Exposure Times Using An Exposure Calculator  | Screenprinting.com

How To Dial In Exposure Times Using An Exposure Calculator

Jacelyn Wedman
Figuring out exposure times is one of the most difficult tasks in screen printing.  If you're struggling, you're not alone. The best thing you can do is invest in a 21-Step Exposure Calculator. How does it work? Let's dive in.
How to Screen Print White FN-INK™ on a Black Shirt with a Smoothing Screen  | Screenprinting.com

How to Print White Plastisol Ink on a Black Shirt with a Smoothing Screen

Sage Larson
Printing white ink on black shirts is a popular design combination. For this design choice to be most effective, the ink needs to be clean and bright. For the best results, printers should use a smoothing screen. Want to learn how to do it? Print expert Colin Huggins has the answers.
3 Ways to Create Soft Prints with Plastisol Ink  | Screenprinting.com

3 Ways to Create Soft Prints with Plastisol Ink

Jacelyn Wedman
Soft hand prints are best achieved with water-based ink but can be done with plastisol ink as well. Between the inks you choose to use, the garments you're printing on, to the available ink additives, achieving soft plastisol prints is possible. Let's take a look at three ways to create soft hand prints with plastisol ink.

 

Best Practices to Ensure Proper Ink Curing with 4 Curing Methods  | Screenprinting.com

Best Practices to Ensure Proper Ink Curing with 4 Curing Methods

Sage Larson
Curing your prints is one of the last steps of the screen printing process, but it is one of the most important steps. Ink needs to be cured properly so it sets into the garment. If the ink does not cure fully, it will crack, fall apart, and not last for long. Printers use either heat guns, heat presses, flash dryers, or conveyor dryers to cure inks. Let's take a look at how each curing device works.
Control Print Shop Temperature with these 3 Tips  | Screenprinting.com

Control Print Shop Temperature with these 3 Tips

Jacelyn Wedman
Temperatures in screen print shops can get uncomfortable. Whether you’re sweating in the summer or shivering in the winter, controlling the temperature in your shop makes a big difference. There are plenty of ways to keep your shop’s temperature comfortable, from venting conveyor dryers to simply opening a window. Let’s dive in.
The Basics of Mixing Emulsion and Coating a Screen  | Screenprinting.com

The Basics of Mixing Emulsion and Coating a Screen

Jacelyn Wedman
Not all emulsions respond the same when coating screens: some emulsions require adjustments in pressure and speed, depending on the emulsion thickness and the type of mesh you're working with on your screen. The end result should give a nice glisten that makes a great stencil for your next screen printing job. Darkroom expert Colin Huggins is on the case.
A Guide to Firing up Your T-Shirt Printing Side Hustle  | Screenprinting.com

A Guide to Firing up Your T-Shirt Printing Side Hustle

Jacelyn Wedman
Need some extra cash? Want to diversify your income? Starting a side hustle is a great way to earn some extra money while doing something you love. Screen printing is a great side hustle to start up. Dip your toes in with a small press and take the craft as far as you want. Let’s talk about why you’d want a side hustle, what you’ll need, and how to be successful at it.
Screen Printing Hoodie Basics  | Screenprinting.com

Screen Printing Hoodie Basics

Jacelyn Wedman
It’s hoodie season again! Got questions about printing on everyone’s favorite cold-weather garment? Josh Wells walks through the basics of printing on hoodies, proudly provided by SanMar, and answers questions from real printers about the ins and outs of hoodie screen printing.
How Riley Hopkins Screen Printing Equipment Evolves to Benefit Printers  | Screenprinting.com

How Riley Hopkins Screen Printing Equipment Evolves to Benefit Printers

Jacelyn Wedman
Since 2005, the Riley Hopkins press has evolved 11 times. If you look back into Riley Hopkins's history, there’s been a lot of improvement. Over the years the engineers behind the press have consistently turned up the heat to match printers’ demands. Every press is built like a race car to improve at top speed from lap 1 to 499.

Riley Hopkins presses are constantly being upgraded to make printers’ crafts easier. Chris Drury, Director of Manufacturing and Warehouse, walks through a timeline of Riley Hopkins presses.