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Old April 7th, 2008 Apr 7, 2008 4:57:16 AM -   #1 (permalink)
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Default uk suppliers of screen printing equipment?

Hello All!

My name is Bobby i'm located in the United Kingdom and i am currently looking into starting my own screen printing company.

so far i have had loads of interest from local bands and clothing companys who will all start doing business with me once i am up and running.

At the moment i am in the process of buying a screen printing carousel, i have hunted around for the best deal on Hanes 5500 t shirts it would be litrally the only t shirt i would use for all my customers although i can't seam to find them very cheap

the cheapest i'm finding them is about £3.09 but i'm hoping to find them for about £2.00 - £2.50

and also sorry to be so cheeky, but does anybody know where i could possibly find plastisol ink? i can't seam to find a english wholesale anywhere

thank you for any help any of you may be able to give me

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Old April 8th, 2008 Apr 8, 2008 10:51:47 AM -   #2 (permalink)
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Bobby, for plastisol ink, and other consumables, try Screen Colour Systems their website is screencoloursystems.co.uk, but you need to ring a guy to order - numbers on site. Dave
 
Old April 9th, 2008 Apr 9, 2008 3:16:15 AM -   #3 (permalink)
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Default Re: uk suppliers of screen printing equipment?

Hi Bobby,
Where abouts in the UK are you?
 
 
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Hi Bobby,
Where abouts in the UK are you?
Hi! I'm in Yorkshire, just outside Bradford. You?

Just getting started myself. All research and not much doing - yet. I think I have all the equipment I need now for my home set up: a one station 4 colour table top carousel for T'shirts, a home made vacuum table for posters, waterbased inks, plastisol inks, flash drier, exposure unit, a few screens, various chemicals, squeegies etc. Most of this came from screenprintsuppliesuk.com as part of a kit.

I think screenprintsuppliesuk are OK, but they have a limited range and I also wanted to compare prices. Finding different suppliers for 'home users' was not as easy as I thought it would be. Seems a lot easier in US. They exist, but seem reticent to advertise their prices and even their product ranges on the net.

What is your experience?

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Hi Bobby,
I'm down in Bristol and in a similar situation to yourself. I have all my equipment and tonnes of inks, all set to go but trying to sort out my pricelist. I use a couple of suppliers for my inks and chemicals. Gibbon Finecal in Bristol sell Union and SunChemical Inks, Sericol are also based in Bristol and run a similar warehouse to Gibbon. I've also spoken to Coates and from what i can remember they supply Wilflex which are really good inks. Are you looking for garments ie t-shirts etc as I can recommend a really good supplier in Dorset. How did you make your board for holding down posters?
 
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Hi Bobby,
Just realised that Colenso Screen Services distribute Wilflex, not Coates.
 
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I'm down in Bristol and in a similar situation to yourself. I have all my equipment and tonnes of inks, all set to go but trying to sort out my pricelist. ..... Are you looking for garments? ............. How did you make your board for holding down posters?
Hi! I'm not Bobby! We just have a couple of messages crossed. Bobby started the thread, I replied to him and to you. I'm Dave. Life's complicated!

But to answer your questions -

I am OK for garments at the moment. Just T Shirts. I have Fruit of the Loom "Value Weight" at the moment - I figured I would probably spoil quite a few of my first ones, so went for the cheapest! Thinking of the next weight up or maybe Gildan shirts next time. Any thoughts? Would your supplier do these - have they a web site?

The plans for the vacuum table for posters I got off the GigPosters.com - you have to register and then sign on to their Premium Forum (20$) - quite a bit of useful info there, very poster focused.

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Default Re: uk suppliers of screen printing equipment?

Long time printer,go for Wilflex for your colours and Union for high density white.
 
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Hi chaps,I'm a tshirt printer based in Poole.Use union and wilfex.Consumables from sun chemical and sericol.I expose screens if you ever need it,have a natgrapgh uv vacumn lightbox.
 
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Default Re: uk suppliers of screen printing equipment?

hello!

been a while since i'v logged in here

i managed to get my screen printing carousel from suffolk got a 6 colour screen printing carousel with 4 bases for the garments

i'm currently going to use hanes 5500's to start (skinny fit) but it's what most of my customers are after and my personal clothing company would prefer to use

not that expensive either

the cheapest i'v found screens is at www.wickedprintingsupplies.co.uk or something along the lines of that he's a ebay based guy but still cheap

i checked out sericol for inks but they take your eyes out especially when your just starting off they are worth it once your up and running but for just starting i'd advise someone to find a cheap plastisol dealer or something

i'll check this topic again tomorrow and answer any questions i havent and say thankyou to the people who have helped me, i'm just up late and need my bed loll

Cheers

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Wicked also do union plastisol @£8 a litre.Also their used frames with new mesh are a cheap deal. I just purchased 10 with used mesh (31x24) and they are perfect for £95. I reclaimed them no problem and restencilled and they are just like new.
 
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Default Re: uk suppliers of screen printing equipment?

are you sure it's union ink they are supplying? thats amazing! £8 for a litre! have you printed with it yet?
 
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I'm looking at getting one of the 4- or 6-colour carousels from Wicked - what's it like to use? How's the registration? What's their service like?
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I'm looking at getting one of the 4- or 6-colour carousels from Wicked - what's it like to use? How's the registration? What's their service like?
Hi! I'm blowing a bit hot and cold on Wicked and on my 4 colour carousel. Wicked are really helpful, but then can take a week to reply to an email.

I have only printed one colour up to now, so no hands on knowledge of registration. My current concern comes from my try at setting up to print 2 colour, when I found that 2 of the arms didn't lower properly as the springs on them were fouling with the other arms. The latest 4 colour design has a different arm set up, and the 6 colour is different still, so neither should have the same problem.

I am in touch with them now, and have no reason to suspect that they will be anything other than helpful in fixing this, but as I said, they can take a while to reply to emails!

The carousel itself seems fairly sturdy and feels quite tight, and the price was good. I bought the mega kit with mine, which included four 31" x 24" screens. I would recommend you measure up to see how these will fit in your area. With the screens fitted, you need quite a bit of room! Even without the screens, it is not small. They do give the sizes on the site, it's just that I had visualised it as being much smaller.

Let me know what you do.
 
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are you sure it's union ink they are supplying? thats amazing! £8 for a litre! have you printed with it yet?
prints and cures very well.....Great opacity all good
 






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