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Screen printing is one of the most common methods for printing on pens. In brief, this method involves using a squeegee to press the color through a fine, stretched mesh to transfer the color onto the pen. By producing a film with the print design and then projecting the film onto the cloth in between, you ensure that only the color of the design passes through. Like pad printing, screen printing can be done in up to four colors, with each ink requiring a separate cloth.
Besides the short drying time and durability of the print, screen printing offers the advantage that almost the whole pen can be printed, or at least as much as the shape of the pen allows. Screen printing is also well suited to printing large volumes.
Common to both pad and screen printing is a that a white subsurface or multiple layers of color may be needed. This is similar to needing to give the furniture or walls at home two to three coats of paint to get good coverage. This is especially the case for light inks on dark surfaces, such as yellow ink on a dark blue pen. Without a white subsurface, the color could appear green. Obliviously this is nothing you need to worry about, but it’s good to know as it could affect the print cost.