shopping for screen printing
supplies, it's important that you have an adhesive to keep your substrate
in place during the screen printing process. Without an adhesive, your
substrate could slide or move during printing, marring your design. Aerosol
adhesives have a distinct advantage over other types of adhesives because
they're affordable and easy to use. Read below for what to look for when purchasing an
all screen printing supplies, it's critical to make sure that your aerosol
adhesive doesn't stain most, if not all, substrates. The adhesive needs to
provide enough tack to keep the substrate still during the printing process but
should allow for the substrate to be lifted cleanly with no adhesive left on
the substrate. Regardless of whether you're printing on wood, paper, plastic,
fabric, or other types of substrates, it's important that your adhesive not
stain. Stains can ruin your final product and render it unusable.
your adhesive to go from wet to tacky fairly quickly, especially for large
manufacturing jobs that require quick printing. Aerosol adhesives tend to be
quick tack by nature when compared to liquid adhesives, but you will likely
want to look for an adhesive brand that specifically mentions being quick tack.
If possible, find out the amount of time it will take to achieve the desired
tackiness to make sure it meets the requirements of your printing
printing on fine materials that wrinkle easily, you need to look for an
adhesive that will help prevent wrinkling during the printing process. The goal
of almost all screen printing supplies is to ensure that the image is printed
on the substrate cleanly and without defects. Wrinkles can cause the image to
be printed on the folds of the substrate, and when laid flat, the image appears
distorted or missing in some spots. This is particularly true when printing on
clothing and other fabric materials. Make sure your adhesive is designed to
prevent wrinkling during the screen printing process.
adhesive is naturally low soaking when compared to liquid adhesive, meaning
that very little of it soaks into the substrate being printed on. However, if
you're printing on a substrate that is particularly porous, such as fabric,
it's especially important to choose an adhesive that is specifically made to be
low soaking. With low soaking adhesives, you don't have to worry about leftover
adhesive residue that could alter the final product after printing. Little to
no adhesive remains, and the product is ready for sale.
If you do
not have the option of heat or mechanical force to bond your substrate to the
printing surface, you'll want to explore options for pressure sensitive
adhesive. This means that your substrate will adhere to the surface of the
printing machine simply with the weight of the substrate itself. Look for an
aerosol adhesive that stays pressure sensitive for an extended period of time
before reapplication is needed.
is only one of the screen printing supplies you'll need when you plan a
printing project. At American Niagara, we offer a wide variety of supplies to
meet all your screen printing needs. Contact us today at (800) 241-7708.