Wicked Tip – Comparing Curing Technologies

Top Tip to Save Money

Low volume production can double up two process on one piece of equipment. A flash dryer or a hand curer can be used for drying between colours AND curing.

It can be difficult deciding what equipment to buy for flash drying and curing your prints. We know that your budget can also dictate what type of curing equipment you have. So to help you decide, we put together a quick guide to what works and what doesn’t when flash drying and curing your prints.

Starting at the top is the lowest cost option right through to the higher end of heat presses and tunnel dryers. Although the entry level range for these machines can be extremely cost effective.

Curing Technologies

Tips for Choosing the Best Poster Printing Service

A guest post from one of our US people

Tips for Choosing the Best Poster Printing Service

Whether for personal or commercial use, choosing the right company to print your poster can be difficult. After all, the difference in price, quality, and turnaround times can vary widely – especially if you are getting posters printed in bulk. One minor error can mean that an entire batch is unusable, which is why it just makes sense to get the job done right the first time. Here are some tips to help you to choose the right poster printing service for your needs.

Do Some Research

The Internet is a powerful tool for learning about businesses. Customers can easily write about their experiences – good or bad. Search for commercial printers in your area, and read what past customers have to say. While your experiences may differ, you can logically assume that a printing company with numerous complaints is a red flag. You can also view each company’s website, and check to see if they have the skills, equipment, and everything else needed to complete your order successfully.

Talk to the Employees

While online research is helpful, there is no substitute for speaking to a human being. If you are not able to go to a physical store location, pick up your phone and make some calls. Tell the employee exactly what you need, and listen to what they have to say. Keep a pen and paper handy to write down relevant information, such as turnaround times, quality options, size options, and other important factors. This allows you to compare and contrast them on your own time. This human interaction can also provide insight as to whether or not you feel comfortable working with that company.

Ask About Capabilities and Pricing

Some poster printing companies are better than others. If you need a large, glossy poster with many different colors and shades, that tiny shop on the corner may not be the best choice. You want to be positive that the company you choose has the equipment to print posters that look their absolute best. You may have to pay more for higher quality, so compare prices related to your options to decide the best course of action. You may find that you are able to pay significantly less for a negligible difference in quality.

Ask About Turnaround Times

If you need your posters completed within a certain time frame, it is essential that you discuss it with the company beforehand. Never assume that a job will be done in time, even if you feel like you have plenty of time to spare. Tell the printing company exactly when your deadline is, and get a guarantee that the posters will be completed. It is possible that a large order could come in and back things up, so make sure that your posters are going to have priority regardless.

Take Your Time

It may not matter if this is just a one-time job, but having a good printing company in your Rolodex is certainly valuable, especially for corporate use. Choosing the wrong printing company could cost your business substantial amounts of money every year if you are not careful. The initial legwork may seem tedious, but in the long run you are investing in your company’s future. Take the time to find a printing company that you trust completely. There are plenty of online printing companies, so don’t feel limited just to stores in your area. Make the right choice the first time.

Trust Your Instincts

While you should definitely keep track of the technical aspects of each company, sometimes you just need to choose the business that just feels right. Some printing companies go above and beyond to meet the needs of their employees, and those are the types of businesses you want to support. If something feels even slightly off, you should continue your search. You should not base your decision on instinct alone, but you need to feel confident in the printing company – especially if you plan on working with them again.

Start Looking Today

While contacting multiple companies may seem like a daunting task, you should only have to do it once. Next time you need to have something printed, you simply place your order and that is that. Ask other local businesses about where they get their posters printed. Ask for recommendations online. A strong recommendation from someone you trust can save you a lot of time. If you’re truly feeling ambitious and want to maintain full control over the finished product, you can even print your own posters and marketing materials using inks and screen printing kits from Wicked Printing Stuff.

Remember, choosing the right printing company is worth the time and effort, so do it right the first time.

10 Leading Needs To Screen Print In The Home

1. Produce One-of-a-kind Instances for your CD, Film and Video Game Collections

Getting empty cd purses and screen printing custom designed labels for the spinal column and putting quotes, logos or signs on the cover is a terrific means establishment your comprehensive collection in vogue. Photo emulsion sheets could be reduced into smaller sized items and strips making it very easy to ink the slim spine.

2. Customize Messenger Bags or Laptop Bags with Your very own Layouts

Make something unique for back to school. Instead of paying $80 for the exact same bag each else will have, acquire a canvas messenger bag and share your originality with screen printing. You can also tailor totes, grocery store bags and laptop computer sleeves.

3. Display Print on Glass.

Photo emulsion sheets could be coiled glass to evaluate print glass and even more. Put your layouts of glass, mirrors, candle holders and go glasses. You will certainly need an enamel paint as textile display printing ink will certainly not be irreversible.

4. Club and Group Shirts

You could make your own T Shirts for school tasks or sporting activities. An image emulsion display can be $8 and tshirts are affordable at your neighborhood department establishment.

5. Offer Tshirts for Institution Fundraisers

Bake Sales, sweet bars, concessions, institution are always fundraising, and consistently with meals. If trying to obtain rid of that last cake so they don’t have to take it house with them try elevating cash with T Shirts, when every person else. Once more, doing it on your own will save the cash it will certainly cost at the professional screen printers. You will certainly be able to offer them at costs people will assume is sensible.

6. Make Parting Favors for Bridal and Child ShowersYou will manage to make brilliant groom and bride tshirts. Likewise you could make hilarious presents from baby garments for infant showers.

7. Etch Glass

Glass etching is enabled by applying a lotion to the surface area that will certainly eat away at the glass. It will leave a frosted, opaque look. by applying the cream over a pattern created with photo emulsion sheets you could make a special style on any sort of glass surface area.

8. Display Printing for Your Company

If you need a low-cost method to brand name your launch usage screen printing to make matching golf shirt and padfolios for your staff members.

9. Make Your very own T Shirts and Hoodies

There is nothing even more fun than being the envy of all your friends with personalized apparel with your own styles. You will certainly obtain to say you made it Whenever anyone asks you where you obtained that tee shirt.

10. Market All The Things You Make Online

There is no structure around the sheet making them much a lot more flexible compared to typical screen printing methods. Picture emulsion sheets make it easier than ever before to screen print at house.

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Mesh Count – Which one?

Which Mesh Count Should I Use?

We get lots of questions about mesh count, below are just two from our FAQ’s and on our free Buyers Guide we go into more detail.

Getting the right mesh count is like getting the right squeegee and the right ink for the job in hand. These are ALL really important and make the difference to your finished product. Remember what you are trying to do is push the ink through the mesh on to the substrate. So the wrong mesh will result in too much or too little ink getting through. Not good. A very detailed design on a coarse mesh won’t work either. Check out our range of screens and mesh.

If you ever want advice on which one to buy please contact us. we will be more than happy to talk you through it.

Guide to Mesh Count


Count Type Ideal Uses
10t coarse glitter
15t coarse glitter
21t coarse glitter
32t textile maximum opacity on dark fabrics
43t textile bolder graphics
55t textile finer detail
61t textile finer detail
77t textile finer fabrics, halftone graphics
80t textile finer fabrics, halftone graphics
90t textile extremely light material, general graphics
110t textile extremely light material, general graphics
120t paper general process
140t paper general process
160t paper photographic detail

What is the difference between the mesh counts different meshes on the screens?

A lower number means a coarser mesh count, a higher number means a finer mesh count. You will need to select the correct mesh count for the artwork you have produced. 43T is used most commonly for general textile printing. Please note that we use the European system therefore mesh counts is threads per cm, sometimes you may see the American system being used which is threads per inch.Read our online buyers guide – page 15 for a breakdown of each count and their ideal use.

What is the difference between Yellow and White mesh?

Generally speaking there is very little difference in the performance of the mesh unless you are using 90T upwards. Yellow mesh absorbs more light and stops light scattering, this helps expose those very fine lines and intricate details. We use Italian mesh yellow and white, they are great for fine halftones with high resolution and has the greatest possible exposure latitude with unsurpassed protection against light-undercutting.

via Wicked Printing Stuff, your home for screen printing equipment and supplies – FAQs.

 Which Mesh Count?

Once you have selected your screen you will need to select a mesh count. The mesh count will depend what substrate you are printing onto, what ink you are printing with and how detailed your artwork is. The mesh counts range from 15t which would be used for glitter printing, or highly absorbent surfaces, to a 200t which would be used for extremely fine and intricate lines, hand drawing and photographic work. The most popular textile mesh count for either Waterbased or Ink is between 32t and 65t, and a mesh 77t / 90t upwards would be advised for paper and card printing with a water based ink. FROM OUR FREE BUYERS GUIDE

Aluminium Screens


There are two basic screens, they can both be used as silk screens with any mesh, the difference is the frame, one is wooden the other is made out of aluminium. Aluminium are more durable, If you are doing a lot of printing then you want a screen that will not warp, cheap screen lead to poor quality printing. I suggest buying aluminium screens as they last longer. Wooden screens tend to warp due to wear and tear + reclaiming. Aluminium screens are a bit more expensive though.

Wicked Printing Stuff sell many products to clean and extend the life of your screens, including a restretching service.