Screenprinting Columbia, MO
Screenprinting is a decoration method that works great for printing on garments and a variety of other substrates or printing surfaces. When you need special custom clothing and merchandise for a sports team, nonprofit, business, or another group, screenprinting is the go-to solution in Columbia. Specify the logo, team mascot, or other words and images you’d like on the t-shirt, jersey, hat, or promotional items you need from your local Columbia, MO screenprinting partner, STL Shirt Co.
STL Shirt Co is a top screenprinting company in the St. Louis area, servicing Columbia, MO screenprinting customers. We specialize in producing orders quickly – 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 for Columbia, MO customers, 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. This controls where the ink makes contact with the shirt. Many designs require multiple screens to print one finished item, especially when the design is visually intricate or realistic, or any designs that use more than one color. 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 ink from a putty-like state into a permanent, solid form that will stay on your shirt for many washes. The process is repeated for every item in the order. Once your entire order has been printed and cured, it is packaged up and ready for you!
STL Shirt Co is physically located in St. Louis, MO, but we offer rush shipping to anywhere in the continental U.S. in just a few days! Contact us now for more details and tell us about your project!