Whoa There. WTH is Water-based Ink Screen Printing, Anyway?

Water-based screen printing is kinda’ like discharge ink screen printing. It looks like it. It feels like it. But (here’s the important part) it’s more earth-friendly.

Our water-based t shirt printing inks are not toxic, do not contain lead or any heavy metals, nor do they contain any ozone-depleting chemicals (CFC’s, HCFC’s, etc) or volatile solvents.

Water-based screen printing on t shirts with color can be done. But we’re nothing if not honest (you want the best results, after all), so you should know now that water-based printing works best on light colored garments.

Water-based screen printing uses either dyes or pigments in a suspension with water, which acts as the solvent.

When the water evaporates, the ink is cured. The curing part of water-based printing can take place either at room temperature or using a forced-air dryer. Which one we use for your water-based printing projects depends upon the specific water-based ink used and the speed or volume of production.

Featured Water-based Screen Printing Products

Over the past decade we’ve made a conscious effort to offer our clients higher quality fabrics that will increase their brands’ cost per wear.

Head over to our Premium Brands page, select the garment you want, and hire Scrappy to do all the custom screen printing and private labeling for you.

We Take Water-Based Screen Printing Seriously

Water Based T Shirt Printing Shakes It Up A Little

We have TONS of water-based screen-printing experience. Like hundreds of thousands of tees, tons. Which is good, because water-based ink shirt printing printing cannot be treated like your usual printing technique. The entire water-based printing process must be tweaked and changed.

Whether you choose us or another printer, make sure they know water-based screen printing like the back of their hand.

Keys To Successful Water-based Silk Screen Printing

If you go with water-based screen printing, you need a printer who has experience and knowledge.

Here are some of the things that are impacted by opting for water-based screen printing over other printing solutions.

Did you know water-based screen printing and discharge printing are solid partners for large format printing? It keeps the tee weightless, despite the large ink coverage.

Artwork Separtions

Screen Set Up and Selection

Production Time

Garment Selection

Curing Times (making sure the print stays on the shirt!)

Additives that can be used

Did you know water based and discharge printing are great compliments to large format printing to keep the print weightless on the shirt despite large ink coverage.

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