The selection of mesh count for garment printing is mainly affected by the printing ink and printing material, our suggestions as below:
Mainly used for printing glitter inks, due to the bigger hole size, this mesh will print a very high volume of ink, having a thick coat of emulsion making it difficult to expose.
Mainly used for athletic printing, opaque ink deposits, thick puff ink, and some shimmer inks. Similar with 28~30 mesh, this mesh will print a very high volume of ink and have a thick coat of emulsion making it difficult to expose.
Mainly used for heavy coverage on dark shirts, solid under base prints, puff, metallic, some shimmer inks, and for certain transfer printing. It is a great mesh count for high opacity inks on any dark garments.
Most common type, mainly for general printing on white T-shirts & under basing on dark shirts, prints on nylon jackets, thinner silver shimmer inks. Many thinner plastisol inks will print well with this mesh count.
Mainly used for printing on light colored T-shirts with fine detail, line work or halftones of around 35 LPI.
Mainly used for printing on light colored tee shirts with fine detail, line work or halftones of around 45 LPI.
Mainly used for process color on light shirts, or for overprinting a halftone on a white under base on dark shirts. You should be able to pull of halftones of up to 65 LPI but a 55 LPI is most common.
According to our customers┤ feedback, the above suggestion has been tested in many garments factories. But we do suggest you to test it before bulk production. After all, screen printing is a complicated process, determined by many different elements.
"Testing in real is the best way to avoid mistakes." that┤s what we always suggest to our customers.ö