Waterbased Screen Printing 101


Please find some links and notes from the 2 Regular Guys Podcast. Our guest today is a longtime friend of the show, Dave Gehrich. Dave, a 25+ year veteran of the industry, is VP of Sales with Atlas Screen Supply in Chicago. Dave is an avid supporter and experimenter with water base inks for textile printing. Dave will be sharing his expertise in waterbased screen printing with our audience today.

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Waterbased Screen Printing 101

  • What are the top reasons for a screen printer to consider waterbase inks?
    1) customer request soft print…eh
    2) environmentally more better…eh
  • Is it true that you can just use water to clean up?
    No, water actually over fuels the ink and will dry it out quicker
  • Let’s talk curing. Infrared or forced air conveyor dryer?
  • Talk to us about underbasing waterbase compared with plastisol.
  • Here’s one you hear out in the printing world. Is all water based ink discharge?
  • One of the catalysts for this show was a request from a listener on Twitter, @TeeRabbitCo. They asked about Water Based Printing on Cotton Poly Blends or Poly. Can you speak to that?
  • People who know you think of you as the “Mr Wizard of Printing” always experimenting. What other fabrics have you had success or failures with?
  • A question I hear fairly often is how do garments printed with water base ink wash and wear compared with plastisol printed garments.

Dave Gehrich: He began his career in screen printing at the innocent age of ten working in his uncle’s shop cleaning screens. Eventually he would become a professional POP printer for a Midwest drug store chain until he was invited to join Intercontinental Chemical Corporation as a Technical Representative. In 2013 Dave accepted a new invitation and became the Vice President of Atlas Screen Supply charged with assisting in developing their technical support and educational offerings to the textile decorating industry they service. Dave maintains an active “print lab” at his home where he loves to work on “new stuff” which has earned him the nickname of “The MacGyver of printing” by his coworkers.

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