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6 color manual screen printer

Posted on Mon, 26 Dec 2005 at 17:01



Hello and happy new years!

I'm a street vendor in Manhattan. I make my own silkscreen designs and print them on to shirts that I sell. I'm pretty sure my current "bedroom set" up is prehistoric. I use stock board for the shirts and silkscreen on my floor with acrylic ink holding the screen in place with my hand and knees while I pull the ink with my spare hand (yes I have a lot of mistakes that cost me about 4 shirts a run). This is painfully and tediously slow. I cry at the thought of doing 90 shirts, which with heat rendering by iron takes about 7-8 hours. My family is willing to help me invest in a 6 color manual silkscreen press and a dryer. But I really have no idea what to look for, or which companies for that matter.

- Is a 6 color press that much more helpful than a 4 color press?

- Is one station satisfactory or do I need 4-6?

- Is plastisol ink dangerous? Is it harder or easier to work with than acrylic? Pro's and Con's please.

- Which heat device should I invest in to render the shirts?

- Does a manual press really help with clearer design lines? Or do you still have the opps-the-screen-budged factor?

- Do manuel presses allow room for large screens 23in x 27in?

- I currently have different sized stock boards and silk screens for my different sized shirts (XS - XL). How does the station compensate for the difference in shirt sizes?

- I've never mixed inks before to get different colors? Is there a matrix guide that I can buy which will show me what colors I can mix to get certain results?

- Which plastisol ink supplier is the best quality and why?

If can answer all of these question I will send you a homemade cake of your choice :)

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Megs

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Anonymous says: Megs, - Is a 6 color press that much more helpful than a 4 color press? It depends on how many colors your "artwork" is? How many colors are you putting on your shirts now? - Is one station satisfactory ...

Megs,
- Is a 6 color press that much more helpful than a 4 color press?
It depends on how many colors your "artwork" is? How many colors are you putting on your shirts now?

- Is one station satisfactory or do I need 4-6? If you by your self and are not a "production shop" 1 station is fine. I have a 6 color / 6 station and when I print on blacks I use everyother station and flash dry my base print turn the station and the shirt cools off before it comes back around for second print.

- Is plastisol ink dangerous? Is it harder or easier to work with than acrylic? Pro's and Con's please.
Never used acrylic? but I'm sure it takes some time to cure, Plastisol can be flash cured in seconds and fully cured in 30 seconds. No, I don't think it is any more dangerous than acrylic? I know it will not ignite with flame? will acrylic?

- Which heat device should I invest in to render the shirts? If your going to print on dark colored shirts you need a flash drier, and a conveyor drier to fully cure any shirt. A flash can be a starter unit, But, it will take 30 plus seconds per garment to cure.

- Does a manual press really help with clearer design lines? Or do you still have the opps-the-screen-budged factor? A good press will not let the print or shirt "budge" It has guides that make it lock into place every time you pull down the screen.

- Do manuel presses allow room for large screens 23in x 27in? My largest screen are 20 x 24 and the shirt "Platten" / "board"
is 14 x 14. But I'm sure it could use a larger screen and Platten for larger designs.
- I currently have different sized stock boards and silk screens for my different sized shirts (XS - XL). How does the station compensate for the difference in shirt sizes? Like I said I use 14 x 14 plattens for most of my work. I also have 12 x 12 boards for Youth shirt and a 14 x 18 for larger designs

- I've never mixed inks before to get different colors? Is there a matrix guide that I can buy which will show me what colors I can mix to get certain results?
Wilflex has a pms matching system, It's expensive $3-400 for quarts and close to if not over $1000 for gallon sized system.

- Which plastisol ink supplier is the best quality and why? Suppliers that have what you need in stock and ready for delivery when you need it! Look for one that is close enough that if you had to you could drive and pick-up what you need.

If your serious about purchasing this equipment your going to shell out roughly $6000 even for used! Make sure you buy good stuff. Don't take the sellers word for anything! Find a supplier first and ask questions!
If I were to start over tommorrow<
I'd find someone to do my printing for me and spend more time selling! in the time it takes to pay off your equipment and get good at printing on it you could have sold many many shirts!

Good Luck Bruce

posted on: Tue, 12/27/2005 - 10:17pm
Anonymous says: you should look on eBay you can some NO name started pressed CHEAP. Its what I orginally started with you get a 4color 4station, Flash cure unit a couple of screens, squeeges, inks, & chemicles for ...

you should look on eBay you can some NO name started pressed CHEAP. Its what I orginally started with you get a 4color 4station, Flash cure unit a couple of screens, squeeges, inks, & chemicles for a little over $1000. I used mine for about 3 years and never had any problems keeping resigeration. (NO MICRO"S FOR THE PRICE) Then I eventually bought a 6 color 6 station work horse and no longer had the room for it. A great investment for good equipment. If you go on there a eBay user called cyberbiz sells them.

posted on: Mon, 03/13/2006 - 11:31pm

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