Thinking of buying screen printing equipment - T-Shirt Forums
 

Hi, Unregistered. | Today's Posts

T-Shirt Forums
User Name
Password

Register Today For Free!

Forgot Your Password?





Site Navigation








+   T-Shirt Forums > T-Shirt Industry Information > Screen Printing


Screen Printing Category Sponsor

Discuss the various aspects of screen printing. Inks, speciality printing, print locations, durability, etc.



Thinking of buying screen printing equipment

 
Share This Thread Thread Tools
Old May 21st, 2006 May 21, 2006 7:28:49 PM -   #1 (permalink)
T-Shirt Apprentice

 
Member Since: May 2006
Posts: 9
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts


Default Thinking of buying screen printing equipment

Hello, I was thinking of purchasing screen printing equipment. I already have a vinyl cutter system and wanted to pursue screen printing. I was wondering if it is something you can learn pretty easy on your own or if takes a lot of knowledge with using the equipment.
Also I was wanting to design race car t shirts. I was wondering where you can get some of the good artwork that you see on tshirts. If you have to be able to draw the images by freehand or if there are clip art out there already of these images.
Any help would be appreciated.
 
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old May 21st, 2006 May 21, 2006 10:39:12 PM -   #2 (permalink)
Moderator
Certified T-Shirt Junkie

Solmu's Avatar  - this member was voted Most Helpful Member during our Annual August Member Appreciation Month
 
You can call me: Lewis
Member Since: Aug 2005
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Posts: 10,512
Mentioned: 6 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Thanks: 26
Thanked 767 Times in 593 Posts


Default Re: Thinking of buying screen printing equipment

Quote:
Originally Posted by nel34son
Hello, I was thinking of purchasing screen printing equipment. [...] I was wondering if it is something you can learn pretty easy on your own or if takes a lot of knowledge with using the equipment.
This has been discussed a few times, including extremely recently.

It's easy to learn basic printing, but if you want to do multi-colour designs, effects printing, etc. it is going to be a lot harder to learn on your own. There's a lot of good information available on the internet for when you have a specific problem, but if you don't have a context that information can just look like gibberish.

There's not a lot to the mechanics of screen printing, so it's simple enough. The problem comes with the fact that subtle changes (mesh count, squeegee durometer, print surface, etc.) can have profound effects. I don't see why you couldn't learn those through trial and error, but it would be easier (and cheaper) if someone showed you through it.

There's one simple and obvious truth about learning that isn't often voiced, but applies here: if you're smart it's going to be easy, and if you're not it's not. It also depends on your personality. Some people are happy to start doing something simple and learning through experimentation - others don't have the patience and want to be able to do complex tasks from the beginning.

In other words, the answer, as with most things of this nature, is it depends on you. But in principle, I would say yes, screen printing is something you can learn on your own.



 
Old May 22nd, 2006 May 22, 2006 3:34:06 PM -   #3 (permalink)
T-Shirt Fan

 
Member Since: Apr 2006
Posts: 49
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts


Smile Re: Thinking of buying screen printing equipment

Yes,
I have a buddy that screens and he said the biggest pain is the making the screens register properly you must become a expert or your colors will overlap.
And the gredation of color very hard to do. Thats why most beginners use one or two colors only.
on the net you can find companys that will "Burn" a screen for you, and register them correctly ,send them to you, and you send them back.
Good luck

Fred
 






This is a discussion about Thinking of buying screen printing equipment that was posted in the Screen Printing section of the forums.

Quick Reply
Type Your Message Below:
Do NOT Post Self Promotional URLs, Advertisements, Sales Offers or Requests. It is against our Forum Guidelines.
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the T-Shirt Forums, you must first register.


Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

Your username must be between 2 and 16 characters and contain only letters and numbers (no special characters like hyphens, *, ', ~, etc)
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

A confirmation email will be sent to this address, so please make sure it is accurate and that your email software is set to allow emails from our domain: t-shirtforums.com (sometimes the confirmation email gets accidently filtered into Yahoo/AOL/Hotmail/Gmail spam folders)
.

You won't be able to post until your email address has been confirmed. We take your privacy very seriously. Feel free to review our Privacy Policy in a new window.
Email Address:
First Name
It's nice to be able to be on a "first name" basis with the people you talk to in a forum. This is a totally optional field; if you like being on a first name basis, please enter your first name below :)

Log-in


Thread Tools

Posting Rules

Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Heat Printing vs. Silk Screening? smeshy123 General T-Shirt Selling Discussion 44 September 25th, 2013 11:31 AM
A quick "How To" in screen printing JeridHill Screen Printing 42 January 16th, 2013 07:07 AM
Thinking of using customink.com for screen printing. tomld General T-Shirt Selling Discussion 13 December 14th, 2007 08:51 PM
What features to look for in Screen Printing Equipment? TheJunkyard Screen Printing 6 May 5th, 2006 02:45 PM
New to screen printing. couple questions VonBrandy Screen Printing 2 October 30th, 2005 05:20 AM


All times are GMT -8. The time now is 08:11 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2020 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
Copyright 2004-2014 T-ShirtForums.com. All rights reserved.