Most of our t-shirts are screen printed on using water based & discharged ink. Here is a quick explanation of the difference between plastisol ink and water based & discharge ink.
WHAT IS WATER BASED INK?
Water based ink is a special type of decorative ink that literally soaks into the fabric instead of sitting on top of it, as plastisol does. It is generally used on lighter colored garments and allows for a bright print that has a “pop” factor. Since the fabric isn’t compromised by the ink, garments are left with a super soft and natural feeling print. You literally won’t even feel the print, which is one of the many benefits of water based inks.
WHAT IS DISCHARGE INK?
Discharge ink is still a water based ink that soaks into a shirt’s fabric. The only difference is that there is a discharge agent mixed into the ink that removes manufacturer dye in the shirt. Once a manufacturer’s dye has been removed, the discharge ink will then re-dye that print area a desired ink color. Discharge ink is tailored for darker colored shirts that produce uniquely bright print results based on their individual fabric compositions.
BENEFITS OF WATER BASED & DISCHARGE PRINTING