The photo stencil process starts with the correct preparation and degreasing of the virgin meshed frame. This is followed by the application of the direct silkscreen emulsion which is then dried in specially built screen drying cabinets. Once the photo emulsion is dry the silkscreen stencil can be applied. This part of the process uses ultraviolet light to cure the emulsion exposed by the positive film. After the correct exposure time the stencil is then processed to leave an open print area in the mesh.
After a final quality check, the screen is taped around the edges (if requested) to create an ink barrier and enable easier cleaning of the screen after printing.
A silkscreen manufactured correctly (and treated correctly) should produce 1000s of quality screen prints.
Screen printing is the preferred method for the decoration and marking of a wide variety of products and materials, including:
- Textiles – T-shirts, caps, fabric panels, fabric rolls, all types of garments and footwear.
- Signs and Displays – Perspex acrylic, dibond type composite aluminium, board, foamed PVC, correx fluted board and self-adhesive vinyls.
- Electronics – Circuit boards, control panels and housings.
- Containers – Including glass jars, plastic jars, glass bottles, plastic bottles, aerosols, lids and closures.
- Glass manufacturing – Decorative and compliance markings.
- Other uses for screen printing include the decoration and marking of balloons, USB sticks, CDs and DVDs, controlled application of adhesives, specialist printing of work wear, acrylic awards, flight case panels etc.
Our fully equipped graphics department uses the latest Apple Mac computers and software. This enables us to offer a very cost effective origination service from your initial brief through to finished artwork.
If you prefer to supply your own artwork, we can accept various formats. Please read our Artwork Guidelines page for more information.
If you are using an agency for your artwork we are happy to liaise on your behalf to ensure the artwork is produced with screen printing tolerances applied. This ensures you have no unforeseen expenses when reaching the film work and screen stages of production.
Please note that if you are supplying your own positive films for stencil production, they need to be of a suitable quality with regard to clarity, sharpness and density of black. You may need to be looking at our CS-IJF as a very cost effective way of producing you own films.