Getting The Correct Exposure Time

November 4, 2015

The most commonly asked question in the St. Louis screen printing industry is how to acquire sufficient exposure when generating films. Unfortunately, it appears to be a big problem with t-shirt printing companies everywhere. We would strongly recommend that you go out and get an exposure calculator. There’s really no better way to be certain you’re getting the correct exposure time without that tool. It seems that nobody is able to clearly define what the perfect exposure time is. That time is made obvious with the exposure calculator. There has always been an argument in the screen printing industry on what that perfect development time is. Keep in mind that the thicker you put it on, the more time that it’s going to take to dry.

Another variable to consider is what type of mesh count are you using. The finer the mesh the more detail you are going to hold because it is letting less ink flow through. The smaller holes in the fabric tend to be more conducive to printing fine gradients. Many St. Louis digital T-shirt printing companies are getting away from the conventional old-school way of doing things. They’re taking advantage of modern technology and seeing the value in laying out the cash for state-of-the-art equipment. They understand that they’re paying a bit more upfront for that great equipment, but they are more than making up for it by cutting back on their employee wages. The equipment shows up for work every day, it never gets sick it never complains, and it never gets hurt. Modern day advances in technology have helped to take the human element out of the workplace.

We would love to hear from you if you are in the market for any custom screen printing, digital printing, or custom embroidery if you are in the St. Louis metro area.