Discharge ink has 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.
Read more to the benefits of discharge printing
Getting a bright print on dark garments has always been a challenge in screen printing. Usually if you wanted a bright white print on a black shirt, an "underbase" of white would have to be printed first, then a top white would have to be printed, making a simple job into a two-color job with more set up time. That extra set up time would then have to be passed on to the customer.
If we were to print the Poteet Cheer print seen here with normal plastisol ink, it would be a 3 color job. An underbase of white, the hot pink, and then a top white to make the white 'pop'. We used discharge ink in the example shown and only needed the discharge hot pink and the discharge white. The print is much cleaner looking too becasue we are not printing ink on top of ink that can cause smudging and muddying.
The real neat feature of discharge ink printing is the feel. Usually if we print on an underbase, we would call the print 'bulletproof' because it's so think and rough feeling. Discharge ink has little 'hand' or 'feel' to it when printed and will be practically have no feel to the print once it is washed and dried.
Call us today to see how Discharge Ink printing could save you some money.