Biggest Misconception About Screen Print Shops

We do not keep customer’s screens. There it is. I said it. Regardless of the size of the job or the client, screen print shops do not keep customer’s screens. There are rare exceptional cases to this where maybe a job isn’t complete and more garments are going to arrive and screens will be kept for a short period of time. Even shops that charge “setup” or “screen” fees do not keep customer’s screens. The reality is that we would need a 2000sf warehouse just to house screens if we were to keep them. What we hold onto instead is digital artwork files and print specs. We use these for reorders. Screens are put through a reclaim process and reused for other jobs. Screens can last hundreds of jobs before they eventually lose tension and have to be retired.


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