Water Based and Discharge Printing

Our clients prefer waterbased inks because they are soft and breathable. Using the discharge print method we are able to print your designs on apparel with inks that bleach out the existing dye and replace it with your chosen colors. Water based discharge printing results in crisp detailed reproductions of your art without the heavy hand of traditional plastisol printing.

These inks typically work best on 100% cotton fabric, although a surprising number of 50/50 fabric blends are now showing bright print results as well. There are some fabric dyes that resist the discharge process (kelly green, royal blue, purple) and other cotton garments that print up stunningly well. We want to work closely with you to pick the best combination of garments and inks to get the results you want.

water based printed t-shirt

Super Soft.

super soft print

Prints are hella soft, basically re-dyeing the fabric.

Bright Prints.

bright print on dark garment

Crispy bright prints with a soft hand on darks garments.

Clean Fades.

clean gradient print

You will get smooth fades and gradients on darks with our pigmented discharge halftone blends.


looks great with a blazer

Uhhh, actually that one is just an inside joke. . . .

Learn More.

discharge on neon yellow

Discharge Inks: Garment Colors and Fabric Type

Fabric Type Our discharge inks love 100% cotton. We get the best image fidelity, color accuracy and wash-fastness on cotton t-shirts. Water base…


matching pantone colors

Color Matching with Waterbase Inks

Color matching with waterbased systems is not as exact as with plastisol inks. There may be a reasonable variation in color due to a number of…


what is discharge?

What is Discharge Printing?

The simplest explanation? Discharge ink is a water based product that is formulated to deactivate the dyes used on natural fabrics. What it Does.…


Zinc Formaldahyde Sulfoxylate, the magic powder that makes it all work

Discharge Ink Chemical Warning

In order to get bright waterbased prints on dark fabrics we need to add a discharge agent to the ink. It is this agent that facilitates the…


100% cotton vs 50/50 discharge ink comparison

Poly-Cotton Blends, Tough Dyes & and Water Based Printing

Obtaining bright prints on synthetic blends is one of our biggest challenges in using water based and discharge inks. These inks are made to react…


4 color process

4 Color Process : CMYK and Screen Printing

There is often confusion when customers come to us with full color artwork expecting that we can print it with 4 colors on any garment color when the…



Printing Opaque Waterbase All Day!

Recently, we started working with an ink company called Green Galaxy in order to test a new opaque water based ink system destined to be released in…