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Screen Printing FLEECE – 11 Tips

Screen printing on fleece is not always easy, but if we follow some basic rules, it will be easy to handle, and you will not make any more misprints. Here we have 11 tips to help you with screen printing on the fleece.

Screen printing on Fleece

#1 Lint Pick up Screen

On fleece, we have a lot of fluff that must be removed before printing. For automatic printing machines, we use a lint pick-up screen. We spray some table gum on a Teflon sheet.

Put it under the first print head screen and print with a roller squeegee. The lint sticks to the screen, and your printing area is lint-free.

#2 Lay down the Fluff

On Fleece, we sometimes have some fluff, with a Roller Squeegee you will be able to lay it down, but furthermore, you will press your Fleece on the pallet, what will improve your registration. A Roller Squeegee should always be used by printing fleece.

#3 Transparent layer of ink

Lay down a transparent layer of ink, to keep the fluff down.

#4 Proper mesh choice

Proper Mesh choice is important for Fleece, as you need to get a good amount of ink down, think about S type mesh for the under-base. As it has a bigger mesh opening.

#5 Reduced pressure

M&R pressure gauge on the print head

To keep a better registration, reduce the pressure on the squeegee, on the automatic printing machine.

#6 Polyester

If you have an amount (%) of Polyester in the Garment, pre-shrink it first. Just past in your dryer once first before printing.

#7 Stokes used

Please limit the number of squeegee stokes used, don’t double stroke everything, keep it simple and use few strokes as possible.

#8 Paint-roller

Use a Paint Roller to deposit the table gum; you need a lot of it!

#9 Pallet tape

Palett tape as problem solving

Use Pallet tape, as it absorbs the water from table gum and gives the table gum a better grip and it helps that the table gum does not stick to the garment.

#10 Avoid flash

Use your flash cure, as little as possible, helps keeping registration and you Fleece does not shrink and prevent against migration.

#11 Blocker/anti migration

Use a Blocker/anti-migration Ink as Under Base, to prevent migration problems. Use an under-base like PRINTPERFEKT AM 1.

Summary:

These 11 Tips will help you to control screen print on Fleece, easy!

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