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Screen Printing?

Discussion in 'Third Rail' started by Fugazi, Apr 15, 2002.

  1. Fugazi

    Fugazi Senior Member

    Joined: Dec 17, 2001 Messages: 1,298 Likes Received: 1
    I searched for it, and read, but I still have questions. Say I've got about $2k to spend. What kind of setup can I get, and what kind of quality can I expect? I don't really want to get into screen printing unless I'm going to be able to put together a shirt with a nice looking 4 color burner on it. I don't want to bother with iron on stuff, it looks tacky to me. I'd like to be able to produce shirts in quantity, at high quality, and do it my self. Is this possible. Anyone know?
  2. vinyl junkie

    vinyl junkie Elite Member

    Joined: Jan 17, 2002 Messages: 4,725 Likes Received: 0
    if you want super high quality get a printing comp. to do it for you... i'm all about DIY, but unless youwant to do each one by hand. it's just so much easier, and cheaper... a screening comp has machines that actually screen it and all that... if yer doing it yerself you gotta deal with breaking the image into four colors and getting the gradation down (done with a computer and expensive software), then you gotta make all the different screens, then you gotta lay each shirt or whatever, screen it, and then move it to the next screen and lay it perfectly so's it matches up...
    i got a buddy who werks in a screening shop... it's a lot of werk... but you can get it done cheap if you let a shop do it... this guy does all the shirts for my tattoo shop, and he does it in exchange for tattoo werk...
  3. I Luv Roo

    I Luv Roo Member

    Joined: Aug 20, 2001 Messages: 733 Likes Received: 0
    you don't really know much about it, do you? If you did you wouldn't be saying that it's cheaper to get a shop to do it...
  4. vinyl junkie

    vinyl junkie Elite Member

    Joined: Jan 17, 2002 Messages: 4,725 Likes Received: 0
    full color prints? orders over a thousand or so? he says he's got all this money, i assume he wants alot done... and if he's doing the mass production i assume he wants to do, he'd be buying machines, which is alot of money, not to mention paying for the space to store and operate them... if he wants to "save" money and do it himself on hand screens, he can feel free... but it's gonna end up in many hours of anger and frustration, and a very small end run...

    (also, my shop's shirts come out to about 85cents a piece, so...:rolleyes:
  5. "inkie"

    "inkie" Senior Member

    Joined: Feb 26, 2006 Messages: 1,393 Likes Received: 6
    what about screen printing skateboards?
    hard or easy
  6. skirmfirm

    skirmfirm Elite Member

    Joined: Dec 19, 2005 Messages: 2,812 Likes Received: 12
    i tried to buy one off ebay that did things up to about a foot wide, like stickers and shirts.

    But i honestly dont have a clue how they work,

    and whats with these massive boards, like buff monster has, that they put in, or is that silk screening, agghh i dunno.
  7. Soup BDC

    Soup BDC Member

    Joined: Apr 7, 2006 Messages: 559 Likes Received: 0
    This thread comes up a lot. I'd like people to drop names, websites, shops and everything you guys know about screen printing.

    I'm looking to get three or four one-off's printed, maybe a few copies of each.. How much is it going to run me? Anybody else doing this in the bay area?
  8. seeking

    seeking Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: May 25, 2000 Messages: 32,278 Likes Received: 240
    theres another, more up to date, thread in duty free about screen printing.

    printing decks requires some special shit that i know nothing about. i know it's a lot different set up though.

    as for getting 'one off' things printed, you cant really do that with screen printing unless you're willing to waste a shit load of time and money. you're best bet is to get some iron on transfer paper for desktop printers, print out whatever you want then iron it on. the difference is literally $10, vs. $200.