Screen Printing on Dark Colored Shirts
Unlike printing on white or other light colored t-shirts, printing dark colored t-shirts can present certain challenges. There are certain tips and tricks to printing dark shirts.
In this article, we try to cover everything you need to know about printing on darks ranging from the PFP (Print-Flash-Print) technique, to the proper mesh counts, to the time saving “coating stroke” technique.
GENERAL CONCEPTS Multi-color printing on dark shirts will almost always involve the use of an underbase. An underbase (usually printed with white ink) is used to “seal” the surface of the garment and to provide for a white background on which the artwork will be printed.Furthermore, single color printing on dark shirts is best achieved with the use of specially formulated ink known as “super opaque” to achieve the opacity of an acceptable print.