Alcohol Hand Gel

https://www.wickedprintingstuff.com/wps_hand_gel_70_alcohol_P2892.html

WPS Hand Gel – Hands should be relatively clean and free from organic soiling before application. Apply to hands, rubbing it onto skin and taking particular care around nail areas and between the fingers. Allow the liquid to evaporate naturally from the skin. Do not wipe dry.

Please note that this product has not been registered under BPR.

It does however contain the recommended ratio of alcohol to water for hand sanitising as recommended by Public Health England, March 2020.

Available in 500ml (Price Shown) or 1 Litre Quantities.

Which dryer is suitable for my carousel and inks?

Which dryer is suitable for my business?

It you have an automatic carousel printing water based inks then a small dryer is obviously not suitable but which dryer is the right one. This chart will guide you.

At Wicked Printing Stuff  we manufacture our own Panther dryers and these can be standard models or very client specific. For example a dryer suitable for DTG (Direct to Garment) printing needs a much longer tunnel. Our prices are very competitive because you are buying direct, ask us for a quote and be surprised.

Choosing a dryer

You can watch our dryers being made in this fun video.

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

INKS_BOX

The ink seems too thick.

If your ink is too thick or you are having problems with it passing through your screen, you can thin the ink down always give the ink a good stir first as sometimes that will loosen the ink making easier to print.

However the problem with some inks is that because of the pigment content needed in them to appear opaque on a garment it NEEDS to be thick.

If you are having problems with general Plastisol ink this can be thinned down using curable reducer.

This will not affect the quality or the curability of the ink if you keep with the recommended ratio but gives it a softer hand and makes it easier to pass through a higher mesh count. If too much is mixed in, the ink will become too runny and no longer work.

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What is the difference between Yellow and White mesh?

What is the difference between Yellow and White mesh?

20140721_105635Generally 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.

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How important is it to degrease the screen?

How important is it to degrease the screen?

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It is very important to degrease the screen prior to coating the screen with emulsion and exposing the artwork. A screen that is not degreased will have problems exposing and increase the chance of pinholes, the emulsion will not adhere to the screen properly and might washout before the image can be seen. The emulsion could also not wash out at all.

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Glow in the Dark – Screen Printing Inks

One of the more unusual screen printing inks – Glow in the Dark.

How would you use a Glow in the Dark screen printing ink?

Glow In The Dark - GreenThe WPS glow in the dark ink range is effective in complete darkness, when it will radiate a bright colour. This ink is fantastic for giving your prints that something special.

Glow in the dark green ink is a high quality ink that radiates a bright lite-green colour in darkness.

For best results this ink needs to be printed over a white coloured base. Heavier ink deposits will result in increased brightness and a longer “after-life.”

Best printed through a 32T or lower mesh count.

In daylight or artificial light conditions, this ink will have a pale off-white hue. The ‘glow’ is not noticeable under natural light, but the glow particles in the ink charge up in daylight or under fluorescent lighting to produce a strong glow in the dark.

via Glow in the Dark Screen Printing Inks.

When should I use Yellow Screen Printing Mesh?

When should I use a yellow screen printing mesh?

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When you are doing fine detail is the short answer. 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.

 Mesh Yellow.

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.

Heat Transfer Solutions

Heat transfer solutions

WPS 4000 Heat Transfer Press Product Ref: QR1283

What heat press should I buy?

A common question but the answer is rarely straight forward as there are many factors to consider.

What is a heat press.

A heat press is a machine engineered to imprint a design or graphic on a substrate, such as a t-shirt, with the application of heat and pressure for a preset period of time.

Where does it fit in the process.

1, Choose an image to put on a product like a t-shirt
2. Print onto heat transfer paper
3. Lay the image on your t shirt
4. Use a heat press to transfer the image on the t shirt.

Which heat press should you buy

What are you going to use it for?  Garments (T Shirts, Hoodies, Caps), promotional items (mouse maps, phone cases etc) , DTG preparation and curing, sublimation, Vinyl, Plastisol transfers etc   Heat Presses are involved in all of these process however there are a few areas to consider before parting with your money

So here are some of our views …
Accurate Heat – to get the best results a heat press needs to maintain accurate and consistent heat across the platen. Too little heat may not activate the adhesives to fully fix the graphic to the garment, too much heat can affect the graphic quality, reducing opacity or not giving an even cure.

Digital control – needed to ensure you have accurate temperature you don’t want fluctuating temperatures, you need accurate timings and therefore consistent results. Many digital controllers come with timers and safety features such as auto shutdown and alarms.

Even pressure – uneven pressure will lead to poor adhesion and inconsistent curing of ink therefore always choose a press which you can adjust and set for different thickness of substrates.   Some presses have pressure gauges which are ideal for ensuring consistent results.

Size of the Heat Press – there are many sizes to choose from and a key question to ask when buying a press is ‘What is the largest size of garment / substrate will I be using?’ It normally makes good sense to buy a press that can accommodate future needs.  It’s also easier to align garments on a larger press. Some presses come with interchangeable platens which gives you much more flexibility.

WPS 4500 Sport Heat Transfer Press Product Ref: QR1279

Clam or swing away?

  • A clam has a smaller footprint, when using a swing away you need to give space for the swing which on the bigger units can be quite significant
  • A clam is typically less expensive than a swing away and less moving parts
  • It is easier to see what is going on with a clam, if a garment has gone out of alignment you can do something about it
  • Clam presses are typically more portable
  • Swing aways different from a clam with the heating element lifting up parallel and swings completely out of the way.
  • It is often stated that with a clam press to increase the chances of burned knuckles with the clam however with a swing away it is just as easy to get the fingers in the way. Quality clam presses open wide enough to reduce the chance of accidents.
  • Swing aways are often more popular with DTG printers but you can also use a Clam
  • Swings aways typically can be set to give more pressure than a clam, we have found that some transfer papers don’t work well on clams
  • You can debate this but it really does come back to personal preference and budget.  The simple answer is choose the press that suits your needs.

Budget – always choose a press with a lifetime heater warranty, with CE certification (real Certification (beware some of the cheap China imports are not made with high quality components and may not be actually certified compared to European / US presses). It’s better to buy the right equipment first time out rather than the cheapest – quality equipment is designed to last years with warranty backup if there is a problem. You will often find broken low quality heat presses lurking in the back of many print shops.  If your business is reliant on the equipment then consider the impact of the heat press breaking.

If you have questions at all please contact us to discuss your requirements