Our clients prefer waterbased inks because they are soft and breathable. Using the discharge print method and waterbased printing 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. Waterbased printing is our specialty!
Prints are hella soft, basically re-dyeing the fabric.
Crispy bright prints with a soft hand on darks garments.
You will get smooth fades and gradients on darks with our pigmented discharge halftone blends.
Uhhh, actually that one is just an inside joke. . . .
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Learn More About Waterbased Printing.
Discharge inks interact with garment colors and fabric types in interesting and sometimes unpredictable ways. Read up on this so you know what to expect.
Color matching with waterbased inks is not as exact as with plastisol inks. There may be a reasonable variation in color due to a number of factors
Discharge printing: The simplest explanation? Discharge ink is a water based product that is formulated to deactivate the dyes used on natural fabrics.
Discharge inks use a zinc-formaldahyde formulation in order to work their magic by bleaching out the fabric color when subjected to heat.
One of the biggest issues we run into with our customers is when they really want to use light colored water-based inks on dark cotton polyester blend tees.
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…