Rules & Recomendations

The following tables provide general rules and recommendations for standard customization methods. The garment characteristics column specifies common variables that can constrain how a product is customized.

  • Screen Printing

    Garment CharacteristicsPlastisol Based Mediums*Burnout
    WaterbaseDischarge
    Garment ColorAnyLightAnyAny
    RibbedNot RecommendedYesYesYes
    100% CottonYesYesYesNo
    100% PolyesterYesNoNoNo
    100% NylonYesNoNoNo
    Fabric BlendsYesNoNoYes- 50/50**
    Directly Dyed GarmentYesYesNot RecommendedYes
  • Other Customization Methods

    Garment CharacteristicsDigital PrintingEmbroiderySublimationCustom Dying
    Garment ColorAnyAnyWhiteWhite/PFD
    RibbedYesYesNot RecommendedYes
    100% CottonYesYesNoYes
    100% PolyesterNoYesYesYes
    100% NylonNoYesYesYes
    Fabric BlendsYes - not preferredYesYes- 50/50***Yes
    Directly Dyed GarmentsYesYesNANA
  • Table Notes:

    • *Plastisol Based Mediums Include:

      • Standard Plastisol Print
      • Specialty Additives and Techniques (See Customization Capabilities)
      • Foil
      • Heat Transfer
    • **50/50 or 50% cotton and 50% polyester (or another similar synthetic material) refers to a products fabric composition. The burnout customization method achieves the intended pattern by screen printing a burnout chemical on a garment that dissolves (burns out) the cotton. When using this method we recommend 50/50 products to insure the garment’s integrity is maintained when the cotton is removed. Higher cotton composition can be accommodated, especially if the graphic is small and/ or does not require a large amount of cotton to be removed.

    • ***50/50 or 50% polyester and 50% cottton (or another material) refers to a products fabric composition. The sublimation ink binds to a garments polyester fabric. Best results are achieved on 100% polyester garments; however, polyester composition as low as 50% will result in acceptable outcomes. It is recommended that sublimation not be used on garments with a polyester composition less then 50%.

  • Additional Rules and Recommendations:

    • Tag Prints: We recommend using plastisol inks when printing tags. The reason is that the alternative waterbase inks penetrate the fabric (on 100% cotton garments) and tend to show through on the reverse side. In the case of tag prints, the reverse side would be visible on the products back.

      Additionally, when printing tags with plastisol inks, we typically thin the ink to reduce potential irritation when products are worn.

    • Printing Close to or Overlapping Foil: With graphics that require ink and foil in close proximity to one another, water based inks are required. The reason is that foil is applied to the product using a plastisol based adhesive and a heat press. If another plastisol graphic is close to the foil application, then the foil will not only stick to the glue, but also to the adjacent plastisol graphic. Additional, since plastisol ink is a thermoplastic, it will remelt and smear if it comes in close proximity with anything hot enough. 


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