Improvements in water-based textile screenprinting ink allow the ink to
withstand exposure to air without drying as readily on the screen.
Previously, water-based inks required a coarse screen to minimize exposure
and drying. New formulations can use higher mesh counts, sometimes as high
as 305 threads/inch. The same rules for mesh count apply to water-based
and plastisol inks. Standard and process colors can be run through high
mesh count screens, while more opaque, metallic and glitter inks require
By using higher mesh counts, less ink is used, less
water is applied, and less curing is required, all of which are savings.
Use the following table as a guideline for proper mesh count.
Author: Denise Breard
Source: SGIA International Tabloid, January, 2000, p. 12.