STL Shirt Co is a top screenprinting company in the St. Louis area, servicing Hannibal, MO screenprinting customers. We pride ourselves on quick turnaround times – usually a week at the most! You will receive your finished items just days after you submit your order. We offer a variety of services in addition to standard screenprinting for Hannibal, MO customers, including embroidery services, special partnerships with schools and union organizations, and providing online stores and fundraising support for organizations to share their shirts and merchandise. To begin your custom screenprinting order or to learn more, contact us or call us at (636) 926-2777 today!
The Screenprinting Process
Screenprinting involves a thick ink called plastisol, a mesh screen, and a squeegee. The mesh screen has to be coated with a substance called emulsion, which hardens when exposed to light. It hardens in the shape of your design to either block or allow ink to go through the screen in different areas. This controls where the ink makes contact with the shirt. Many designs require multiple screens to print one finished item, especially when the design requires multiple colors or contains a detailed or photorealistic design. The stenciled screen is put on a press directly on top of your shirt. Ink is applied on top of the screen, and then a squeegee passes over the screen, either by man or machine, to push the ink through the screen to make contact with the shirt below.
Once the ink is applied to the item, the ink has to cure. Heat is applied to transform the ink from a putty-like state into a permanent, solid form that will stay on your shirt for many washes. The process is repeated for every item in the order. Once your entire order has been printed and cured, it is packaged up and ready for you!