Plastisol ink vs water based ink
Plastisol Ink Printing
The Basics: A plastic based ink made for apparel.
How It Works: The soft plastisol ink lays directly on the fabric, covering the shirt with a layer of the graphic.
Longevity: Plastisol ink prints do eventually break down. A break down usually results in a cracked, peeled or a flaked graphic on the shirt.
Brightness: Plastisol ink prints are bright and true to the design.
Feel: Plastisol ink prints can feel thick, heavy and do not allow any breathability when used to create a large graphic image.
Water Based and Discharge Ink
The Basics: A high end ink made for super soft shirts and is more costly than Plastisol prints.
How It Works: The ink dyes the garment directly, literally removing the color of the shirt and replacing it with the color of the image.
Longevity: Water based prints last as long as the garment does.
Brightness: Water based prints are bright and true to the mock up. Pending your choice of shirt and color, certain fabric dyes will react differently to water based inks. You can see a full collection of water based approved
Feel: The water based print is super soft, breathable and literally a part of the garment. After the first wash, the print is unable to be felt on the shirt.
Ease of Use: Water based ink is a higher quality ink that takes significant training to use. Due to the ink dying the shirt, water based screen printers need to have significant knowledge on fabric types and ink reaction.