New Year New Hobby

Why not try screen printing and create your own unique presents and stationary!

We have kits that are easy to use, even for kids. They contain everything you need.

Paper screen printing for personal stationary

The Foundation Paper Club Kit is perfect for students and hobbyists. Designed to provide you with the basic screen printing products and consumables for paper printing at a fantastic price. The ink provided in the kit is a PermaPrint waterbased ink, a premium ink ideal for printing onto paper.

https://www.wickedprintingstuff.com/screen_printing_kits_and_packages/club_range/foundation_paper_club_kit_P1565.html

Fabric screen printing for unique and personal gifts

The Foundation Fabric Club Kit is perfect for students and hobbyists. Designed to provide you with the basic screen printing products and consumables at a fantastic price. The ink provided in the kit is a Permaset waterbased ink, a premium ink ideal for printing onto fabric.

https://www.wickedprintingstuff.com/screen_printing_kits_and_packages/club_range/foundation_fabric_club_kit_P1564.html

Wicked Printing Stuff PVC Free Flex

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https://www.wickedprintingstuff.com/ink_and_additives__plastisol_ink/rutland_eko_pvc_and_phthalate_free_ink_range_C397.html

Do you need a PVC free screen printing ink?

EKO Oil Base Acrylic.  PVC Free Ink Mixing System

EKO mixing inks are plastisol-like PVC-free ink matching system belonging to the EKO series from Rutland. It is a combination of 14 RFU mixing primaries plus and extender base that when mixed together simulates PANTONE® colours quickly and accurately.

Features

  • Excellent adhesion
  • Intense colours.
  • Low crocking colours
  • Will not dry in screens.
  • Very good supple print with ability to stretch and regain its original shape.
  • Passes major brand durability testing including 5 x 60 wash test.
  • Passes all requirements for major brand RSL and US government regulations.
  • No PVC, no lead, no phthalates, no formaldehyde, no APEO’s
  • Easy to mix and print.

Please see our promo video showing us printing a two colour print using the EKO inks.

To maintain the EKO inks credentials do not mix with inks from other ranges and only use EKO additives and modifiers.  Use Biodegradable screenwash with this range.

Baby safe screen printing inks

We are an official distributor of Magna Colours, Nazdar, Sericol (Soil Association approved ink)  and our own brand. We also offer a range of solvent free airdry waterbased inks, widely used in schools and colleges and is perfect for printing onto fabric as well as paper and card.

  • An ultra safe product suitable for use on children’s clothing including babies
  • Suitable for use in school and colleges
  • For paper screen printing

Exposure Units

We sell a range of  traditional ‘all in one’  self contained Exposure Units suitable for mid to large sized screen printing shops.  The Actinic, WPS Mini Exposure units and the fantastic WPS LED Mini Exposure Units are ideal for educational and medium sized screen printing businesses. The WPS Compact Pro and heavy duty units ideal for busy print studios and larger screen printing businesses – check out our buyers guide for more info.

 Digital Screen Makers, allowing you to transfer the artwork directly to the screen without the need for emulsion, exposure units, washout equipment and film positives. 

  • Goccopro 100 – Ideal for small printers requiring quick production of screens
  • QS200 – Ideal for professional screen printers with both manual and automatic presses – creates screens up to A2 in size. Click here to see our QS200 promotional video.

Direct to Screen Systems, allowing you to print the artwork directly to an emulsioned screen without the need for a printed film positive.  Take a look at our Blog article to understand the differences between Digital Screen Makers and Direct to Screen.

  • FreeStyler DTS – Ideal for mid market printers who might have an automatic carousel or several manuals
  • Spyder II – Ideal for the large commercial textiles who might have a number of automatic carousels.

For beginners, smaller businesses and home printers we manufacture the Wicked Exposure Unit , very cost effective.

Additional foam base sizes can be purchased as extras for other sized screens if you require.  Check out our screen printing tutorial (Step 4 –  7mins 10 seconds if you want to skip to the relevant section)  which shows how you use the Wicked Exposure Unit to transfer your artwork to the screen. 

Please contact us if you need any advice on which option is right for you.

Thinking about DTG but don’t want to spend a fortune.

Thinking about DTG but don’t want to spend a fortune.  Take a look at the

the remarkable and award winning Ricoh Ri100 DTG Printer.  

You can print images directly onto clothing fabrics (T Shirts / Hoodies / Tote Bags and many more) using state-of-the-art DTG technology. You can print a one-of-a-kind T-shirt or a personalized bag for a customer to take home then and there.

Even a beginner can create beautifully printed products both safely and easily. It has never been easier to widen your business scope than with this one machine.  It only takes 5 steps to create a high quality printed garment. 

For  £2999 ex VAT the Ricoh Ri100 comes with all you need to get going including the nifty curing unit.  Check out the video on YouTube.

If you need more information or interested please contact us.

Proper cleaning preserves your screens Part 4

Want to extend the life of your screen?

Aluminium Frames only.

Frames will be roughened and tensioned on our professional stretching jigs and restretched with mesh count of your choice.  We use SAATI mesh and the aluminium frames are fabricated in the UK.

You will need to send the frames to our workshop for us to restretch them – the address is Screen Ink & Solvent Supplies Ltd, Unit 3, Rugby Park, Battersea Road, Heaton Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire SK4 3EB please can you either put a copy of the order in the box or provide name / address / contact details and requirements.   If you do not use a courier service, we can instruct our courier to collect them from you at a fee – please call us for more information 01614426555..

Please allow 7-10 working days once we have received the screens for this service.

** Please ensure that when you send the screens back that they are clean and ink free. If we need to clean the frames we will have to charge a cleaning fee of £10.00 ex VAT **

IMPORTANT PLEASE NOTE: Prices start at £8.00 per screen for the following listed standard sizes.  We can restretch up to a maximum of 80″ x 56″ outside measurement frame.  If you require a specific sized frame to be restretched that is not listed here, please select the nearest size to your frame below (give or take 1″ in width or height).  If your frame does not fall within 1″ of any of the sizes listed, alternatively please select the next size up price listed here.  i.e if you frame is a 17″ x 21″, please select 16″ x 20″ price.  If your frame is a 22″ x 26″ , please select 31″ x 23″.

Proper cleaning preserves your screens Part 3

You have invested a lot of money in your screens so it is important to prolong their life with proper cleaning.

The WPS Automatic Screen Washing and Reclaiming System ideal for customers with Automatic Carousels or High Production Industrial screen printing equipment needed to clean and reclaim large numbers of screens quickly and cost effectively.

Proper cleaning preserves your screens Part 2

You have invested a lot of money in your screens so it is important to prolong their life with proper cleaning.

Reusing your design then you need to clean the screen correctly

Reusing the screen then you need to reclaim it.

We sell a wide range of cleaning equipment and products including :-

  •  Dip Tanks
  • Wash Out Booths
  • Stainless Steel Wash Out Booths
  • Stainless Steel Stencil Processing Booths
  • Haze Paste Removers
  • Screen Degreaser
  • Screenwash
  • Screen Reactivator Spray
  • Organic Screenwash
  • Spot Cleaning
  • Stencil Strip Stencil Remover

You can also buy the WPS Screen Printing Cleaning Kit which includes the key products you will need.

Before using the products listed in this category please make sure you are familiar with the relevant product safety data sheets in the following link.

All about screen printing inks

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Plastisol inks are most commonly used in screen printing because they are not ‘air-dry’ inks and when producing longer print runs they will not dry up on the screen. There is more choice when choosing your Plastisol inks, more colours and also additives that can be added to your

Plastisol ink to produce special effects such as puffer/expanding raised effect, suede effect, lycra additive, glitters and also metallic’s.

Plastisol inks MUST be fully heat cured before washing to avoid the print coming off in the wash. Plastisol inks wrap around the fibres in the fabric, sitting on top of the fabric producing a more ‘dense’ appearance and have a rubbery feel to them. You can change the appearance and feel of the Plastisol ink by using an extender base or a super smooth base so as it feels and looks like the water based ink or sublimation ink.

Plastisol inks cannot be ironed directly over, due to the plasticiser in the ink.

Plastisol inks must be cured at a temperature of 150degreesC or more For more information about curing Plastisol inks, please see ‘Curing your print’.

For further information on Plastisol inks please click here to open our factsheet.

WPS is an official distributor of Union Inks – we sell the full range of Maxopake, Mixopake and Solvent based inks. Click here to access the Union Inks Colour chart.

We have also put together a set of guidelines for using additives with Plastisol ink,

The waterbased ink is like a dye that changes the colour of the fabric and has a sublimation appearance.

Waterbased inks have a softer feel as the ink dyes the fabric as opposed to ‘sitting on top’ of the fibres, has an almost non-existent feel to it.

Waterbased inks are widely used in schools and colleges and also on babies clothing as are economical. One important factor you must remember, if you are printing an all-over print on to a garment that needs to be ironed such as a cotton shirt then a water based ink would be more suitable as you can iron over the print.

When printing breast size logos 9cm x 9xm approx, waterbased or Plastisol can be used but you cannot iron directly over a Plastisol print as it will re-melt the Plastisol and smudge. Water based ink can be printed onto dark colours with high opaque white ink, however the other standard colours will need a white underbase printed down first. When you are printing with Waterbased inks don’t let the ink dry in the screens it can block the stencil.

Only you will know what sort of design work, images large/small you will be printing and designing, this can determine which one of the two to use.

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

Aluminium Screens

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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.