Screen Printing

An experienced screen printer flood coats the screen to print a utility sign.
An experienced screen printer flood coats the screen to print a utility sign.

The screen printing process starts with a woven mesh or a screen being coated with photoreactive emulsion. Once coated and dried, an image is placed on the screen and exposed to light activating the emulsion. The excess emulsion is washed away to reveal a stencil for printing. The screen is loaded onto the press where ink is flooded over the image and transferred onto the substrate with a squeegee. The ink is cured by either air drying or UV light. Since setup is time-consuming, screen printing is best suited for higher quantities.

Utility Pole Signage Wisconsin Screen Process and The Sign Shoppe
Utility Pole Sign from Start to Finish

One benefit of screen printing is a specified color can be matched with great accuracy by mixing inks. Also, screen printing inks can be combined with metallic flakes to achieve a beautiful sparkle finish. Not only do screen printing inks produce beautiful images, but their weather-resistant quality increases durability and reduces the potential for color fading. From vinyl to aluminum panels to plastics, screen printing can be applied to many materials.

 

Screen Printing Services

  • Large and small format graphics
  • Solid, vivid colors for sturdy long lasting parts
  • Best for higher quantities, low cost graphics
  • Substrates include reflective & non-reflective vinyl, aluminum panels, fabric
    (excluding t-shirts), polyester, lexan, PVC, static cling, banners & more
Lettering is screen printed directly onto wood planks that will be applied to the walls of a retail store for a unique interior look.
Lettering is screen printed directly onto wood planks that will be applied to the walls of a retail store for a unique interior look.
The final screen printed planks are fixed to the walls of the store to create a textural impact.
The final screen printed planks are fixed to the walls of the store to create a textural impact.