Need a soft light finish on dark garments? Our Discharge screen printing service may be right for you.
Discharge printing, sometimes known as Extract printing is the process of bleaching the colours in a garment, and then replacing it with your chosen colour. This print process results in a crisp finish that’s softer than standard screen printing (especially after washing). The process works with black and dark coloured garments - for a soft finish with lighter colours we’d suggest DTG printing. For best results we suggest using 100% cotton garments.
It’s worth noting, it’s a bit more tricky to Pantone match colours with discharge printing, if your require exact Pantone matching, we’d advise standard screen printing.
5 Reasons to Screen Print
1. Extremely low cost for large print runs.
2. Rapid turnaround, ideal for tight deadlines, or big orders.
3. Highest quality, with all of our printing & finishing undertaken here in the UK.
4. Lightweight, and soft to touch.
5. Perfect for bulk t shirt printing.
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How Discharge Printing T-Shirts & Garments Works
The process works through applying a clear discharge ink with an activator added, this, then deactivates/bleaches the colours in the fabric, leaving you with the fabrics natural, off white colour. When colours need to be applied, we add pigments to the ink, in order to re-dye the fabric in the required colours. This allows a soft, durable print, with no base coat requirements.
Please note, some dyes are more resistant than others, often those colours are in the kelly green, purple and royal blue families. When discharged, these resistant fabric dyes create a more muted print that can be a lighter tint of the base fabric colour.
Behind the scenes
You can get a behind the scenes look at all of our market leading print technology in the video below.