FAQ 2017-06-02T11:30:47+00:00

SOME THINGS WE’LL ATTEMPT TO SPELL OUT HERE, but honestly, the best way to have your questions fully answered would be to call (740) 393-0206 and or EMAIL.

PRICE BASICS

SCREEN PRINTING PRICING IS PRIMARILY BASED OFF:

  1. What is the garment?
  2. How many garments?
  3. How many print locations?
  4. How many colors in each print location?

SCREEN PRINTING PRICING CAN ALSO BE AFFECTED BY –

  • Do you require a guaranteed rush?
  • Is the print location non-standard? (sleeve, pocket, hat)
  • How complex/needy is the art? (process print, Pantone color match, cleaning up bitmaps)
  • What is the material? (nylon, some-polyester, stretchy)
  • Is there an INK color change in the run?

ART BASICS

WE CAN MAKE WHAT YOU WANT.

If you would like us to create art – we can help with this. What we have found works best is if you can describe the concept and give us some style direction – especially in the form of other designs/art.

OR WE CAN TAKE YOUR PRE-EXISITING ART AND APPLY IT TO A GARMENT.

If you are getting us art, we would like to see:
Spot color – exported vector .EPS file with fonts converted to outlines.
Process, photos being rendered – LARGE bitmap. Preferably in a non-compressed format.

TURNAROUND TIME

OUR BASIC TURNAROUND SERVICE IS 2 WEEKS/10 BUSINESS DAYS.
You will have a firm date that we promise completion by when an order is placed. This is a SHIP BY date.
To get an order placed we need the garment selection, size and color breakdown, approved art and a 50% deposit on all new orders.

RUSH SERVICE

IS OFTEN AVAILABLE.
It’s a case by case approval and may incur additional fees.
As with a basic turn, we will give you a FIRM completion date.

SHIPPING

WE SHIP OUTBOUND USING UPS GROUND UNLESS A DIFFERENT SERVICE IS REQUIRED.
We are located in mid-Ohio. All of Ohio (and a good chunk of the surrounding states) should be a 1 day ship. It takes up to 4 days to ship to the West Coast.

ADDITIONAL FAQs

DO YOU HAVE MINIMUMS?

Yes and no. We strongly suggest ordering at least 12 garments printed. We will accept orders for less. However, we’ll charge you the total it would have cost to print twelve.
For example – say 12 shirts with a 1 color print cost $10 each for a total of $120 for the order.
If you wanted only 6 shirts, we’d simply charge $20 each and still have a total cost of $120.

WHY DO YOU HAVE MINIMUMS?

Screen-printing is designed to be efficiently repeatable once set-up. There is time, there is effort, and there are costs involved in getting the design on film, on a screen, registered, taped and inked. The printing time difference between printing one shirt or 12 is minimal. It is the time incurred BEFORE printing that makes printing a single shirt uneconomical.

CAN I CHANGE MY ORDER? ADD A SHIRT? TAKE ONE OFF? CHANGE A NAME?

It all depends. Sometimes yes and sometimes no. It depends on the order itself, on how far through the process the order is, where the garments came from, if you’ll allow for a delay in delivery to get the change added.

WHAT COSTS CAN I EXPECT OUTSIDE OF MY PER SHIRT PRICE?

We don’t charge a screen fee or a set-up charge. On press, the only charge is a possible ink color change charge. An art charge is possible, but for art charges you will always be forewarned. Pantone color matching if needed.
Tax if applicable (sale within Ohio to a non-tax-exempt entity)
Rush charges if applicable.
Shipping is free for most customers.

DO YOU OFFER EMBROIDERY SERVICES?

Yes! We can do that too. We have a firm minimum of 12 pieces, excepting grandfathered customers.

DO YOU OFFER WATER-BASED PRINTING? DO YOU OFFER DISCHARGE?

We can do water-based printing. Discharge printing is possible but it is approved case by case (it’s stinky).

CAN YOU COLOR MATCH THIS COLOR?

There are three levels of color matching:
1 – here are our ink colors, choose on that comes close enough to suit you.
2 – we’ll use the colors we have and mix by eye to get as close as we can
3 – we’ll match your Pantone color exactly. ($)

CAN YOU PRINT ON MY SHIRTS?

No. Not unless you’re a contract customer.

DO YOU OFFER DTG (DIRECT TO GARMENT) PRINTING?

Nope. Not at this time.

IS YOUR INK ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY?

Heck no! No screen printing inks are good for the environment. They aren’t especially bad either. Plastisol, waterbased inks, discharge – they all require processing and shipping. Anyone selling their ink as “green” is green-washing.

WHAT’S THE PRINT SIZE LIMITATION?

12”x12” square. This box can be moved around the garment (under an arm, near the lower hem, as high as possible). It’s a physical platen size restriction.

CAN YOU PRINT TODDLER SIZES? BABY SIZES? HATS? SLEEVES?

Yes. We can.

CAN YOU PRINT OVERSIZED OR ALL-OVER PRINTS?

No. We cannot. We don’t offer oversized printing. Or all-over printing. We don’t have a belt printer, nor do we have ways to simulate that look. Ed Hardy and Affliction don’t buy their shirts through us.

DO YOU OFFER CUSTOM NAMES AND NUMBERS?

Yes. We are setup to handle names and numbers. Our standard name is 2” high and in a collegiate font. Our standard numbers are 6” tall digits.

WHAT SERVICES DO YOU NOT OFFER?

We can’t print over seams with plastisol. We don’t relabel. We don’t polybag. We don’t do rhinestones. We don’t de-teg. We don’t do varsity jackets.

HOW DOES SCREEN-PRINTING WORK, ANYWAY?

Best answer – stop by the shop, and we’ll show you. We enjoy printing AND talking about ourselves.
107 W Gambier St, Mt Vernon, 43050 M/F 10 to 5:30.

IN WORDS –
Imagine a stencil. The massive flaw with a stencil is that you need to build bridges to hold any floating elements, like the center of an O or an A or an e. Bridges get tiresome.

The answer to this problem is to use a screen. Very similar to a screen on your back door. Just with plastic threads. The screen offers a surface to hold the centers of floating elements.

A screen is coated with a light sensitive chemical (emulsion). The art is at this point anything that will block the light in the pattern of your design. For us that’s a clear plastic film which a basic inkjet printer has printed black the areas we want to be open on the screen.

Position the art on the screen and expose the screen to a light source. The sun, for instance. The light sensitive chemical will harden on the screen where it is exposed. The unexposed portions wash out with water.

We’ve created a much improved stencil. You have a screen, with an art stencil semi-permanently imbedded in the mesh.

Place the screen on the surface you want printed. Add ink to the top of the screen. You’ll need what we call a squeegee (not like what squeegee men use). It’s a wide wood handle with a thick, square rubber blade sticking out the bottom. Scraping the ink along the surface of the screen will push some ink through the open area onto the surface below. Viola! That’s screen printing. 3,000 years old and barely changed at all.