How much do you know about your screen printing services? Do you know the difference between plastisol printing and water based ink printing? Depending on what you want from your custom screen printing, you may prefer one over the other! Each method of printing carries its own set of advantages and disadvantages and which one works for you depends on the final results you expect. If that’s starting to sound complicated, don’t panic because we at AMBRO Manufacturing can help you get the prints that you’ve been dreaming of!
So let’s answer the question of what the difference is between plastisol printing and water based ink printing! Plastisol printing is the go-to ink for screen printing because it’s more affordable since waste ink can be reclaimed after use. The reason for this is due to the absence of a solvent in the ink, which allows it to stay exposed to the air without drying up. The only way to cure plastisol printing is by heating the ink up enough so that the chemical reaction can take place that will firm up the print. Now, for some people, this “firmness” is undesirable for their designs or garments and they want alternative options like water based ink printing.
With water based inks you can get a much softer print because the ink is thinner and penetrates deeper. After a wash or two it will feel like your print has always been a part of the fabric! Water based inks do contain a solvent however, and that makes them trickier to use. You cannot reclaim waste water based ink and you must use it before it dries up in the screen. Regardless of which ink you want to try, we offer both types here at AMBRO Manufacturing, so you’ll be able to get the best prints you can imagine! If you would like to contact us to place an order, or to find out more about our company and services, you can do so by email or by giving us a call at (908) 806-8337.