Choosing the right frame and mesh count

Choosing the right screens and mesh counts.

Our standard screens are aluminium framed, as it provides the durability and longevity needed when printing large runs. Also, when exposing frames to water in a dip tank or washout booth aluminium frames will not warp (unline wooden frames) ensuring you keep flat frame and mesh. Aluminium frames can also be stretched and re-stretched many times, therefore making the process more cost effective.

If you are stuck on which mesh count to choose just remember; higher mesh count = higher detail. The higher the mesh count means the finer the threads and holes are in the screen. The size of the mesh has a lot to do with how detailed your image is and the viscosity of the ink.

110/43t: Considered to be a course-medium screen, this is known as the mesh that does all! It’s a highly popular mesh for general screen printing but not used for very fine detailed prints. Good for printing text and solid prints.

156/62t: This is considered to be a medium screen mesh. It’s most commonly used for printing onto light coloured fabrics with regular detail and medium ink deposit.

230/90t: This one is a fine mesh count for printing onto white or light colours and gives a soft hand feel. Good for high detailed designs and large halftones. Not recommended for four colour process.

305/120t: A very fine mesh count used for highly detailed prints and fine halftones.

If you are still unsure on which mesh count to use we are always here to help. Give us a call on 01562 829009 or email

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