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Under-basing colored inks on dark garments. Does it have to be white?

Under-basing colored inks on dark garments. Does it have to be white?

Under-basing colored inks on dark garments. Does it have to be white?

Under-basing colored inks on dark garments. Does it have to be white?

Most of the screen printers I’ve come across in the last few decades still think in “old School” terms when it comes to printing on dark or black substrates. They think a solid white ” bulletproof” layer of ink needs to be put down first. As if we where offset printing on white paper. This is a great way to kill the breath ability of the cotton, create massive dot gain and make a plastic decal that will spit and crack with repeated washing. Not to mention, rink a boatload of White ink.

Being the rebellious, ignoramus I was back then… I had to ask…. Why? to which I got a whole host of reasons and. rationalizations or excuses :-O So, I set off to screw up some shirt orders in an effort to prove to myself why this was a necessity. The ensuing ” you’re WRONG” war with Printer, screen tech and Production in whole was Glorious, to say the least. My platform quickly changed from ” why not?” to “Prove it!”

Here is some of what I have learned from the battle………..


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