Substrate/Fabric

Fabric type or the substrate to be screen printed on determines the type of ink used and the process conditions. As new fabrics and blends of various fabrics continue to come into the market, this creates challenges for the screen printer to find new solutions. Rutland can provide you the tools needed to select the right ink and the right process to get the best prints.

Inks for Blends

Blends

The 50/50 cotton/polyester blend has been created with both types of fibers to take advantage of the best qualities of each. A 50/50 blend is both breathable and tear-resistant. It is less expensive than 100% cotton and offers comparable comfort. The 50/50 blend prevents the fabric from shrinking, as cotton that has not been preshrunk […]

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Inks for Cotton

Cotton

Cotton is the most widely used natural fiber used in clothing. It comes from the soft, vegetable seedpod of the cotton plant. As a fully breathable fabric, it is a great choice for hot temperatures. For most screen printers, the 100% cotton Tees are easy to print with most any ink and printing method, and […]

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Inks for Polyester

Polyester

Polyester is a synthetic fabric, engineered for properties that cotton does not offer. It is a more flexible fiber, making the fabric more tear-resistant. Polyester is one of the most challenging fabrics to print on due to dye migration issues caused by heating to around 300 degrees when the dyes start to bleed through. Since […]

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