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Can you screen print over dtg?

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Is it ok to screenprint over dtg? I just do screenprinting. I have a customer potentially wanting a large picture of Africa w/ a verse over it, as a full back of their shirt. Their concern is that big of a solid design is going to be hot as these shirts are for them to wear on a mission trip to Africa, in June. HOT! So they are wanting to make them as cool as possible. So I thought maybe dtg would be the way to go but I don't do dtg, although there is someone local that does. Would it be possible to print the africa (black image on a light blue shirt) and then screen the verse over it in white.
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I would think so. Have to be careful for over curing.
Registration will be a nightmare.
Cut vinyl or plastisol transfers.
I would think that if you DGT first and then Screen it would be alright but no the other way around. Screen ink will melt onto the curing sheet if heat pressed. It would be alright if screen is on one side and DTG on the other just need to dress the heat press so the screen side is not reheated. Better yet, depending on the quantity of shirt do them all DTG, why go through the expense of doing 2 different processes on the same side of the shirt aside of the registration issue if it has to be on a preassigned position.

We DTG and screen print on top often, registration is a nightmare tho. the screen printing is mainly special effects like glitters, any off registration isn't too noticeable. we print the DTG image and cure, then scan it in and match up the elements to be screen printed, to compensate for any distortion. use that to create the film to help with registration.
I thought about registration but the DTG would be a big black Africa continent centered on the back and the words screened in white over that so as long as I got the Africa centered on the platen the words should be centered on top of it fine there is nothing specific that would have to match up.

I think they are talking a couple hundred shirts. The fronts are a larger image but mainly words so not a solid figure like the Africa would be on the back. I didn't want to do all DTG b/c that would be outsourcing the whole job and potentially not make me any money. And this is family so I have to cut them a little but of a deal. ;)
Ok my question is would doing the dtg & screenprint make the design less thick? It would wouldn't it? I'm looking for the coolest (literally) method of making a shirt with a big design on it. They'll be wearing them while working in Africa. I'm afraid transfers & vinyl would be even more "shield" like.
not sure what the design looks like but if you want a print that breathes i suggest screen print using halftones. same concept as doing a faux vintage design/print.
As red suggest halftones or you can print water base or discharge. On darks with the with under base with DTG the print is also thick. I don't do DTG but I have gotten sample from many different machines. I have never been that impressed with the feel on darks. Lights on the other hand have a very light feel.
with the mentioned quantity screen printing would be more cost effective as well as the ideal method for a 'breathable' print.
when i create the halftone pattern i set my image (or colour) opacity to 80%, so that it'zs 20% transparent, giving me an 80% halftone dot when rip'd. that is enough to let the print breathe
I would suggest as above waterbased inks or discharge and just screen print.
I will give the halftone thing a shot! I'll be sure and let you all know how they turn out.
also going to go do a little waterbased ink research, I haven't used it before mainly b/c I bought my equipment second hand before I knew a drop about screenprinting and just went with what they guy before me used.

I'm going to suggest the tultex triblend blue shirt for them so it's a thinner shirt and not a really dark blue.
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