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Old 4 Weeks Ago Sep 8, 2019 10:19:17 AM -   #1 (permalink)
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Default Trying to figure out how professional prints are so thin

Ive been screen printing for about 9 months using plastisol ink only. Unfortunately, I’ve had some complaints about the thickness of my prints on some of the larger designs. I have this problem even when I only hit the underbase once.

I visited a few stores to take a look at some professionally printed shirts and every single one is definitely thinner than mine. For example, a large rectangular design, with the whole rectangle filled with ink (underbase and overprint) felt way thinner than all of my prints.

Could these thin prints just be waterbased inks? From the comments I’ve seen on here, I assumed waterbased inks have no hand. Or is there something I could be doing wrong? All I can say is I use Wilflex white ink and Union color inks.
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Default Re: Trying to figure out how professional prints are so thin

Water base inks on a dark garment will have some hand, as they require an opaque white under base or opaque colored inks (unless discharge ink is used).

I print water base not Plastisol, but PorkchopHarry gave me lots of pointers and help back in the day, and he started with Plastisol and said he was able to get pretty low-hand prints with it. I know how he printed water base, and I think his Plastisol prints used the same general technique. Higher mesh screens and print/flash/print until the desired opaqueness was reached.

Note, you can tell if it is Plastisol or water base by looking at the surface of the print. Water base will conform to all the ridges and valleys in the weave of the fabric. Plastisol will have a smooth surface that covers up the ridges and valleys of the weave.

EDIT: If I remember correctly, he used One Stroke ink--and despite the name, he did more than one stroke.
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