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Screen print focus – what is discharge printing and why is it so awesome?

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Over the last few days, you may’ve noticed that we’ve been going on about ‘discharge printing’ on our social media pages. A lot of you have said, “Excuse me AM, what is discharge printing and do I need this in my life?” We have the answer for you. Well, Dixon our screen print overlord does.


AM: Hey Dixon – tell us who you are and what you do at Awesome Merchandise?

Dixon: Hi, I’m Dixon, and I’m the Garment Team Manager at Awesome Merchandise.

Can you please tell us what ‘Discharge Printing’ is?

Discharge printing is the process of using a clear water based ink which is mixed with an additive. The additive removes the colour dye from the shirt when printed onto it, returning the cotton to its natural colour (a sort of off white) where the ink has been printed.


How does it differ from the normal way in which we screen print shirts?

In terms of artwork and set up, very little. The machine is set up in the same way you would print any water based ink. The only major draw back with discharge is you can only use this on 100% cotton garments and we can’t offer pantone matches, but we can try and closely colour match to specific colour for your design!

What are the advantages of discharge printing?

The advantage of discharge printing is that you get a product with very little hand (feel on the shirt) allowing the T-shirt to feel as light as it would without a print on there.


Are there any other services we’re looking at offering screen print wise?

We are constantly launching new garments on the website – we can now also offer split fountain screen printing (that’s a whole other blog post).

Is there anything other screen print services we offer that you’d like to remind people about? 

Bagging, de-tagging and inside neck printing is a great way to give your tees a retail finish! We also do oversized screen prints on T-shirts at no extra charge and there’s some great deals on white T-shirt printing.


Why should someone go for a discharge print on their next tee?

Discharge prints are becoming more and more popular with high street brands; this style of printing can give you a really high quality and retail finish to your products. We can offer discharge white, coloured discharge in any of our stock colours (other than metallics and neons) and to get a similar finish on white shirts we also offer water based inks. You’ll also be pleased to know that we don’t charge any extra for discharge printed tees!

Mail us at info@awesomemerchandise.com for a quote on your discharge tees.

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