Custom Screen Printing
Tradewinds can silk-screen your artwork onto almost any garment to bring your ideas to life!
Our ability to screen print doesn't end with tee shirts. We also print sport shirts, bags, sweats, towels and just about any other textile that will fit on the press.
We frequently get the question, what is the difference between Plastisol Ink and Waterbased Ink? Here's a brief overview:
- Basics: A PVC and plasticizer based ink made for use on apparel. It is less expensive & most frequently used by the industry.
- Application: Plastisol ink sits on the top of the garment. It has great opacity and provides excellent coverage on dark garments.
- Durability: Our printing process results in a finer coat of ink. This increases the life of the print
- Touch: Plastisol ink leaves a film of ink on the garment which can be felt by your hand.
- Technical aspects: Easy to manage and versatile for screen printers to use.
Water Based Inks
- Basics: A high end screen printing ink made for use on 100% cotton garments.
- Application: Water based inks literally dye the filaments of the garment. As the inks may be influenced by the pigment color of the garment, it is recommended for use on lighter colors (i.e., white, natural, ash, stone).
- Durability: A water based print will last as long as the garment.
- Touch: Water based prints are undetectable to the hand once the garment has been washed. The super soft hand and breathability of the print often make this ink of choice in warm climates.
- Technical aspects: The use of water based inks requires a broader & more in-depth knowledge of fabrics and the printing process. It requires significant training to obtain quality results.
- Environmentally Conscious – Go Green: The team at Tradewinds Studio continues to work towards reducing our impact on the environment. Since 1991, our specialty has been using water-based inks to screen print vibrant, colorfast designs on apparel and accessories.