After the importance of a properly tensioned screen, the next biggest factor in printing is always going to be the squeegee. This is because how the squeegee is used with the screen directly affects the performance of the ink. Downward squeegee pressure, the hardness of the squeegee, and even the angle of the squeegee blade, can all influence how an ink colour will print on a shirt. A harder squeegee will lay down less ink than a softer one. Usually, if there is some sort of colour challenge on press and the hue is a little light, changing the squeegee to a softer rubber can help lay down more ink and nudge the opacity of the ink deposit enough so that you can arrive at your colour target.

Marshall Atkinson | Atkinson Consulting

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