Squeegees, printing for the long run

From the FESPA website

Squeegee wear will have an effect on the quality of the screen-printed product as well as the ink usage. There are cost implications from replacement of squeegees, increased ink consumption and rejection of printed product. This article details the development of a controlled accelerated wear procedure for squeegees and accurate measurement of wear using a microscope and image analysis techniques.

via Unitex Squeegees, printing for the long run.

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.

Screen Printing Kits

About to start screen printing?
Want a complete screen printing basic kit?
Thinking about upgrading in the future?

From simple start-ups to new business we have it all in one package and you can tailor it to you needs.

Here at Wicked Printing Stuff we have years of providing businesses and know exactly what is wanted when setting up your own screen printing business. We have put it all together in a complete package. From simple starter kits to more complex business start-ups we have it covered. Talk to us if you want advice on the perfect kit for you.

We are pleased to sell a wide range of screen printing kits at fantastic prices, catering for the beginner who wants to get started right through to our high end Pro range which provides all of the equipment and consumables to start a large printing business.

Our range of kits are the:

Essential – for printers on a limited budget, beginners and people wanting to produce simple designs
Mid – for printers with limited space, a small business, medium throughput but produce multi colour designs
Pro– for printers starting or running a large business, wanting high throughput and printing complex designs
Specialist – for printers using specialist inks and printing onto non textile substrates
Club – for printers who want the basic consumables but have access to equipment at a school, club or college

Within each range the kits have been categorised into Foundation, Advanced and Ultra. This is designed to make selecting the right kit for you as easy as possible. Check our website

We also sell 2 kits that are ideal for use with children. They are listed here:

The Foundation So Easy Kit –

The Wicked Printing Stuff Foundation So Easy Screen Printing Kit is ideal for the beginner looking to produce simple designs without the need to expose screens or use lots of chemicals. The kit includes the screen printing basics, perfect for those one off designs.

No chemicals required, so ideal for home use and with children friendly inks it is a perfect way to have some creative fun with the little ones. To make sure the print doesn’t wash away you can use an iron to cure the ink. There are full instructions provided.

The Foundation UU Kit –

The Wicked Printing Stuff Foundation UU Kit is ideal for people wanting to produce simple designs without the need to expose screens or use lots of chemicals. The kit provides more stability when printing as it comes with a UU clamp which can be used with any standard table. Ideal for screen printing workshops. The kit includes the screen printing basics, perfect for those one off designs.

No chemicals required, so ideal for home or school use and with children friendly inks it is a perfect way to have some creative fun with children. To make sure the print doesn’t wash away you can use an iron to cure the ink. Again there are full instructions provided.

So have fun next school holiday with screen printing for kids.

Contact us today

Here is an example of the contents of one of our kits, the Advanced 4 Colour Upgradeable


What heat press should I buy?

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

How to screen print using a vacuum board – YouTube

A brief video clip showing a demo of the Wicked Printing Stuff Vacuum Board. Ideal if you want to screen print on paper card or other substrates where platen adhesive or Hi tak is not suitable. You need a conventional vacuum cleaner connected to the board – the more powerful the better to get the best results. The Wicked Printing Stuff vacuum board is designed for our presses but you can use it on other carousels with the right bracket.

via How to screen print using a vacuum board – YouTube.

Screen Printing Supplies from Wicked Printing Stuff – YouTube

A quick promotional video covering the products and services at Wicked Printing Stuff, we also sell Heat Presses and manufacture the fantastic range of Panther Tunnel Dryers suitable for manual, automatic screen printers and for curing Digital waterbased inks.

via Screen Printing Supplies – YouTube.

Wicked Printing Stuff on YouTube

Check out Wicked Printing Stuff YouTube channel for helpful screen print videos wickedscreenprinter – YouTube

Screen printing tutorial by the guys at Wicked Printing Stuff. A step by step guide showing you how to print a T Shirt with a logo. Everything you need to know about fabric print using your screen printing machine or t shirt printing machine using screen printing supplies like plastisol ink from Wicked Printing Stuff