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How To Print White Ink On Dark T Shirt

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Published on May 11, 2012

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The following video from Printa Systems shows you how to screen print white plastisol ink on dark t-shirts.

Place your shirt flush against the platen board. We recommend using a 110 mesh screen for this screen printing process. Bring the screen down so that it a little above the shirt. Grab the squeegee and flood your screen and keep the squeegee angle high. After flooding, you should be able to see the clear image on the screen. Lower screen, press squeegee into shirt, tilt slightly and lock your wrists, and pull the squeegee across the screen for your first print. Keep angle on squeegee high while pressing into the shirt. You will see ink in the screen. Do not reflood. Bring squeegee back to the top of the screen, press squeegee harder, tilt slightly and lock your wrists, and pull the squeegee again across the shirt. Lift up the screen and make sure all ink is released from screen. Flash cure the shirt for 5-10 seconds until ink is gelled. After the shirt is flash-cured, you must let the shirt cool. If it is not cooled, the ink will stick together and cause a rough textured effect. To speed up the cooling process, use a floor fan to blow over your platen. Tap your finger gently on the ink to see if it is dry. If ink adheres to your finger, the ink is not dry yet. Once ink is dry, bring screen back down onto the shirt. Reflood the screen. Bring squeegee back to the top of the screen, press squeegee harder, tilt slightly and lock your wrists, and pull the squeegee again across the shirt for your second print. It will take 2 prints with a 110 mesh screen to make the white opaque, 3 prints for a 160 mesh screen, and 3-4 prints with a 230 mesh screen to print white ink on a dark shirt. Lift screen and repeat the flash cure for 10-15 seconds. Once again, let the shirt cool. Once shirt is cool and ink is gelled, you can remove the shirt from the platen. Grab the shirt by the shoulder, lift and pull towards your chest. The shirt is now ready for final curing.

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