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How to Screen or Digitally Print PVC or Vinyl Banners

Vinyl Banner Screen Printing

Screen printing and/or digital printing of PVC or Vinyl Banners. Also, no painting is allowed on vinyl substrates.

Can You Used Paint on Vinyl Banners?

I have received several questions regarding vinyl (flexible PVC) banners that I am going to answer over the next few articles. The first is, “What type of paint does one use on vinyl banners?”

The answer is that we don’t use “paint” per se on vinyl banners, although there may be some craft type stores that sell such a product. Coming from the commercial side of vinyl banners, though,

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Dye Sublimation Fabric Printing Compared to Screen Printing

On-Screen Printing Process

On-screen printing versus Dye Sublimation printing. Also, discover how pigment inks are different from dye sublimated inks.

Question: If cost is not a concern, what is better?  Screen printing or dye sublimation printing?

While you could, in theory, print a fabric banner using screen printing equipment (t-shirts are most often screen printed and they’re made of cloth), the wider variety of things you can screen print cannot be printed using the dye sublimation printing process.

Dye Sublimation Printing

Here’s a short explanation to back up what I’m saying.

Fabrics Used

Dye sublimation banner or display printing is almost exclusively done on polyester fabrics,

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Dye Sublimation Printing Versus Screen Printing

Dye sub versus on-screen printing

This is how dye sublimation printing differs from screen printing.

Question: What is the difference between dye sublimation and screen printing?

The two styles of printing are markedly different. The similarities are that both are printed on substrates and both produce an image. Aside from that? Not so much.

The screen printing process uses a very labor intensive set up that you don’t have with dye sublimation printing.

Screen Printing

I’ll walk you through the screen printing process as I know it quite intimately, since this is where I began my career in the graphics business.

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Digital Sign Printing Compared To Screen Printing Signs

On-Screen Printing Process

Several hundred years ago when I made the fateful decision to get into the signage business, my first position was screen printing signs. Back when I started, you could be make graphic displays with lacquer inks and get high at the same time…those were the days!

Many companies who used to be screen pressing have switched over to digital printing, but there are still numerous companies who do screen-print press, and as far as I can tell, it isn’t going away anytime soon, as was prognosticated by myself and other sign experts 5 years ago.

Digital and Screen Printing: Speed vs.

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Basic Screen Printing Compared to the Basics of Digital Printing

On-Screen Printing

Several hundred years ago when I made the fateful decision to get into the sign business, my first position was screen printing signs. Back when I started, you could print signs with lacquer inks and get high at the same time…those were the days!

Many companies who used on-screen print processing have switched over to digital printing, but there are still numerous companies that make use of this traditional method, and as far as I can tell, it isn’t going away anytime soon as was prognosticated by myself and other experts 5 years ago.

While digital imprinting has increased in popularity,

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