STL Shirt Co is a top screenprinting company in the St. Louis area. We pride ourselves on quick turnaround times – usually a week at the most! This means that once you put in your screenprinting order, you will have your printed items in a few short days. We offer a variety of services in addition to standard screenprinting in greater St. Louis, including embroidery services, special partnerships with schools and union organizations, and providing online stores and fundraising support for organizations to share their shirts and merchandise. To begin your custom screenprinting order or to learn more, contact us or call us at (636) 926-2777 today!
The Screenprinting Process
Screenprinting involves a thick ink called plastisol, a mesh screen, and a squeegee. A light-sensitive substance called emulsion is used to coat the screen. It hardens in the shape of your design to either block or allow ink to go through the screen in different areas. Many designs require multiple screens to print one finished item, especially when the design requires multiple colors or contains a detailed or photorealistic design. The stenciled screen is put on a press directly on top of your shirt. Ink is applied on top of the screen, and then a squeegee passes over the screen, either by man or machine, to push the ink through the screen to make contact with the shirt below.
After the ink is deposited on the shirt or other item, the ink has to cure. Heat is applied to transform the once-viscous ink into a solid that will stay on your shirt for many washes. The process is repeated for every item. Once your entire order has been printed and cured, it is packaged up and ready for you!