We will be the first to admit we were a little misleading in the title; there are now toys. Ok, now that we have that all straightened out, time to talk about tanks! Not just any tanks, but Dailey Blend Summer fitted tanks for both males and females.
What makes these tanks better than all the rest? These were made by our good friends, Florida-based Blasted Media, who were not only nice enough to print some incredible shirts, they also captured the process through the pictures and description below.
- Start with a blank screen. For this job we chose a very fine mesh count to allow less ink through and not create such a bold print.
- We the use a pure Photopolymer Emulsion to evenly coat the screens. This chemical is light-sensitive and has to be kept in a yellow light safe environment
- The screen is then laid in the darkroom with a controlled low humidity to allow the chemical to dry on the the screen overnight
- Next, we take the image to photoshop to be sure the size is set perfectly to scale. We add centering marks on the top and bottom to make sure we can get the image in the right spot. We then print the image onto a clear waterproof transparency using special light-blocking black ink.
- Once the emulsion is fully dry, we use a square to perfectly place and tape the transparency on the screen to make centering on our shirt pallets easy and precise.
- The screen is placed on a light table using high output UV bulbs to expose the screen. Everything that isn't blocked by the black ink on the transparency reacts to the UV light and hardens.
- Once exposed, we take the screen into the washout booth, soak with water for a minute which causes the unexposed parts of the screen to soften, then spray out the image leaving a perfect stencil, and place the screen back in the rack to dry.
- The screen is taped off to make sure there are no open areas for ink to get through on the edges. Our pallets are marked with a grid so we can use it to set the image perfectly centered and spaced from the collar so that all prints come out the same.
- Once the screen is aligned, we load the screen with ink and set and test the squeegee speed and pressures and do a test print on a piece of high contrast fabric. This lets us know that the images are being printed clearly, with no pinholes or registration marks showing through, and also that the image is placed correctly.
- Once the test print is checked it's on to the print process. Taking time to place each shirt straight and in the same position on the pallets, we print!
- After the print is complete each shirt runs through a dryer, heating them up to about 350 degrees to fully cure the ink, adhering it to the shirts and making it durable.
We love the tanks and so will you! Head to our web shop to pick one up for yourself.