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Default Screen printing water-based ink on towels?

I'm looking to do a small run of full-sized bath towels for an organization I've been making shirts for, for years. I've never printed on towels before and from what I'm seeing it looks like water-based ink is my best bet.

The design is nothing fancy. It's just a one color print (mostly text) and it'll likely be printed across the end of the towel. They want to use a grey towel with white ink.

*Is a 110 mesh screen ok?
*What specific kind of ink would you use?
*Squeegee durometer?
*Off-contact?
*I have a conveyor dryer but understand water-based inks take longer to dry than plastisol. Do I need to add Catalyst or raise my heating element so the ink can dry without scorching the fabric?
*Should I "iron" the print area of the towel with my heat press to reduce the knap?

Any other tips would be helpful!

Last edited by pacificthinktees; July 17th, 2020 at 09:07 AM..