Our Love Affair with Discharge
T Shirt Printing
You got us. We admit it. We’re obsessed, fanatically, utterly stuck on discharge screen printing. A fav t-shirt comes along maybe 10 times in a lifetime. And everyone, everyone has a type. For us, that tee is a frosty-cool graphic that talks to the wearer. But it has to be soft. The softer, the better. And for this, the only choice is discharge screen printing.
Discharge Screen Printing Vs.
Plastisol Ink Printing
PLASTISOL INK SCREEN PRINTING
Plastisol ink printing results are more vibrant, but less breathable than discharge ink screen printing. The ink sits on top of the shirt. This costs less and has been the industry standard for a long, long time (like, last century long).
DISCHARGE INK PRINTING
Our discharge ink printing is our specialty – our pièce de résistance. And it’s pretty darn popular. Discharge ink printing produces lighter, more breathable prints that become one with the shirt’s cotton fibers.
NO INK FEEL. COOL LOOK.
Many retail brands choose to go with discharge ink screen printing on a kitten-soft, couch-comfy shirt. Why? Because discharge ink screen printing deactivates the dye within the t-shirt and creates a no ink feel and cool look. This is a simple way to differentiate your shirt from the many others on the rack. Discharge ink screen printing also means that you can ask for more bucks.
Discharge printing and shirt selection
If you’re even thinking about discharge screen printing, there are three things to consider…
Discharge ink printing needs cotton to react with. 100% ring spun cotton or 80% cotton/20% polyester garments react best.
White, Ash, Royal Blue, and Kelly Green are some shirt colors that don’t make a good match for discharge ink printing. Ask us to help pick colors that will render the results you’re after.
Discharge ink screen printing works differently from brand to brand. Ask us about it, and we’ll tell you your best bet.
What Type of Print Can You Expect
From Discharge Ink Printing?
How do you know you’ve received a tee created
using discharge ink screen printing?
Smooth and Bright
We believe prints should be super soft, so
we use a discharge ink under base in our
dark colored shirt house blend (if garment
fabric and color allows.) This creates a light
and vibrant print. If you go straight
discharge it will be even smoother.
No Ink Feel
If you want a no ink feel you can upgrade to
discharge ink printing for a few cents extra
per tee. Those extra cents will add extra
dollars out on the shop floor. You can tell it
is a discharge ink print because you’ll be
able to see the fibers up close.
Our experience with thousands of shirts of
varying styles and fabrics make us a printer
that will protect your investment in t-shirts
by telling you what we can and cannot do
with discharge ink screen printing.
Discharge ink printing should enhance what
you want to do. Not take away from it.
Water Based and Discharge Ink Printing
You want discharge ink screen printing. But you have light fabrics, like white or natural, to work with. To get this right, you need water-based discharge ink printing. The planet will love you for it, too.
Benefits of Discharge Ink Screen Printing
Discharge ink screen printing is tough to master. After ten years though, we’ve done it. We’ve perfected our discharge ink screen printing technique. And it makes for some pretty incredible results.
SOFT AND EXPENSIVE PRINTS
If you touch a print that is caked on the shirt vs. one that has a soft feel which one would you think is worth more? Increase your resale price and quality perception by printing with discharge inks.
Does your brand showcase big prints? If so, you will want to go with discharge inks on colored tees so the print does not weigh down the fabric or the wearer.
Due to its increased cost and learning curve, discharge ink printing is not offered by all
screen printing shops and brands. Make your print a conversation piece when going up
against other shirts on the rack.
Your design is not going anywhere because the design is part of the shirt fabric itself! That means less time fielding complaints about designs cracking or peeling and more time getting your product in hands of your fans.