Screen printing is a great way to apply designs and graphics to all sorts of different surfaces. There are a few things you need to know before you get started, however. In this blog post, we will discuss the basics of screen printing mesh and how to stretch it properly. We’ll also give you some tips on choosing the right mesh for your project. So whether you’re just getting started with screen printing or you’re looking for some advice on choosing the right mesh, read on!
Steps for Stretching Screen Printing Mesh
Before you can start printing, you need to stretch your screen printing mesh. This process will ensure that your design comes out looking sharp and clean. To stretch your mesh, follow these steps:
- Choose the right type of mesh. The type of mesh you use will depend on the project you’re working on. If you’re printing a design with fine details, you’ll need to use a mesh with a small thread count. For larger designs, you can use a mesh with a larger thread count.
- Choose the right size of mesh. The size of the mesh will also depend on the project you’re working on. If you’re printing a small design, you’ll need to use a smaller piece of mesh. For larger designs, you can use a larger piece of mesh.
- Attach the mesh to the frame. Once you’ve chosen the right type and size of mesh, it’s time to attach it to the frame. You can do this by stapling the mesh to the frame or by using clips.
- Stretch the mesh. Once the mesh is attached to the frame, you need to stretch it. This can be done by hand or with a stretching machine. If you’re doing it by hand, make sure to stretch the mesh evenly so that there are no wrinkles or looseness in the fabric.
- Secure the mesh. Once the mesh is stretched, you need to secure it. This can be done by stapling it to the frame or by using clips.
How to Choose the Right Screen Mesh Size?
Different mesh sizes are used for different purposes in the screen printing process. Mesh size is measured by how many threads of mesh there are per square inch. For example, a 110 mesh screen has 110 threads per square inch. The higher the mesh count, the finer the threads and holes are in the screen.
The size of the mesh has a lot to do with how accurately your image is printed. If you have an image with high detail, a lower mesh screen won’t hold the detail correctly. The fine lines or dots in the image will simply fall through the holes in the mesh and not be printed correctly. Also, if you are using a
If you are trying to print a thicker ink (such as white) through a high mesh screen, not much ink will print through the mesh. You will notice that different companies have different sizes available. If the mesh count is close, such as the difference between 155 vs. 156, 196 vs. 200, or 81 vs. 86.
There are two standard mesh sizes: 110 and 156. 110 mesh is good for printing text and larger designs with solid colors. 156 mesh is better for white flash plates because it makes fewer impressions, making the printing process faster.
156 mesh is good for printing with a thicker layer of ink. But it also offers you some higher detail ability because of the finer mesh. If you are using colors of inks that are a little thinner, you may want to use 156 mesh so not too much ink is passed through your screen. Lower mesh counts like 40-86 are used for
These inks have particles in them that will not pass through the typical mesh sizes. This means that you need a lower mesh count with large holes in order for all the particles to pass through properly. Shimmer plastisol inks have finer particles in them so you could probably use an 86 mesh while glitter inks have much larger particles
These mesh sizes can hold larger half tone dots, but they are not recommended for printing four color process prints or fine detail half tone printing. If you want a softer feel to the ink on your shirts, you can print through these higher mesh counts which will let less ink through the screen and give you a softer feel on the shirt.
This is where it might become difficult, especially if a more distressed appearance is desired for the art. However, you will have difficulties achieving opacity with these higher meshes if vibrant vivid colors are required (particularly white).
305 mesh is used for printing very detailed designs with textiles and fine halftone pictures. You can learn more about printing techniques here. Fine half tone dots need a high level of detail in the mesh in order to be held and exposed correctly. Higher meshes, such as 355, 380, and 400 are mainly used for printing graphics.
Information about frame type
If you are printing with a water-based ink or discharge ink, you will want to use higher mesh counts because these inks are thinner and need smaller holes in order to print correctly. 110 mesh is good for printing text and larger designs with solid colors. 156 mesh is better for white flash plates because it makes fewer impressions, making the printing process faster.
More about aluminum frames
If you have an image with high detail, a lower mesh screen won’t hold the detail correctly. The fine lines or dots in the image will simply fall through the holes in the mesh and not be printed correctly. Also, if you are using a thicker ink, such as white, not much ink will print through the mesh. You will notice that different companies have different sizes available. If the mesh count is close, such as the difference between 155 vs. 156, 196 vs. 200, or 81 vs. 86, it won’t make much of a difference in the printing quality.
Where to buy silk screen mesh
There are many places where you can buy silk screen mesh. You can find it at craft stores, fabric stores, and online. When choosing where to buy your mesh, consider the quality of the mesh and the price. You want to make sure you’re getting a good quality product for a fair price.
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