How to choose right screen printing mesh fabrics
The polyester screen printing mesh you will use will be determined by:
1. What you are printing onto.
2. What ink you will be using.
3. The detail in your design.
A lower number means a coarser polyester screen printing mesh , a higher number means a finer mesh count. You will need to select the correct silk screen printing mesh count for the artwork you have produced.
Finer mesh counts for printing with water based inks will prove more difficult because the ink will dry up too quickly on the finer mesh counts.
With over 400 different polyest print mesh to choose from, selecting the correct mesh screen printing size can be a frustrating process. Use the following information as a general guideline for silkscreen fabric selection.
• 43T 110 mesh silk screen polyester silk screen printing mesh is used most commonly for general textile printing.
• Use 30 threads per inch polyester printing screen/mesh (12 threads per centimeter) for printing glitter inks.
• Use 60 threads per inch screenprinting fabric (24 threads per centimeter) for athletic printing, opaque ink deposits, thick puff ink, and shimmer ink.
• Use 85 threads per inch monofilament polyester screen printing mesh (34 threads per centimeter) for heavy coverage on dark shirts, solid under-base prints, puff, metallic, and shimmer inks, and transfer printing.
• Use 125 threads per inch printing screen mesh (49 threads per centimeter) for general printing on dark shirts, under-base prints with detail, prints on dark nylon jackets, and silver shimmer ink.
• Use 180 threads per inch screen print mesh for printing (71 threads per centimeter) for muti color printing on light shirts, light colored nylon jackets.
• Use 230 threads per inch polyester screen printing mesh fabric (90 threads per centimeter) for detailed muti color printing on light shirts, light nylon jackets, over printing on dark shirts.
• Use 305 thread per inch high tension polyest print mesh (120 threads per centimeter) for process color on light shirts, overprin