Alright everyone, here is the deal with screen printing on a budget. You can spend as little as $100 on getting a basement print shop rolling. If that’s your budget, stop reading because this isn’t for you.
in order to really enjoy and actually screen print, you must invest in some quality equipment to ensure you can successfully print. Here are my top 5 tips for screen printing on a budget,
1) Start with a 4x4 Manual Press: $300-$1,200
-Don’t waste your money on a smaller or larger press. Get a 4 station 4 color. It will do all that you need and it will last you a long time. I’d recommend a Workhorse.
2) Get a used exposure unit.
-Emulsion is expensive and so is time. Get a nice or used exposure unit to ensure your are hitting your times right.
3) Buy used ink
-Lots of people try and fail. When they fail, they sell. Buy that used ink because it lasts forever and you can save a lot of money on it. eBay always has some deals.
4) Buy new Screens
-Used screens will end up costing you more in the long run. If you don’t wanna fuss with emulsion, order pre-coated screens from Ryonet.com
When you need more supplies go to EBay and find some. You will always upgrade but passing up hot deals will bite you!