Screen Printing

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Screen printing is ideal for artwork with fewer colours.

Why screen print?

With unparalleled durability and value for money, screen printing remains the most popular choice for garment printing across an array of commercial and retail applications. Particularly well-suited to larger runs of bold, high detail prints that consist of only a few solid colours, screen printing is the preferred choice for most of our larger print orders.




Fantastic value for money for artwork with fewer colours.

Not suitable for full colour artwork, or photographic prints.

High definition fine detail print quality.

Definition and detail are dependent upon the quality of the original supplied artwork.

Can print artwork of up to 12 colours.

Artwork with many colours incur higher set-up fees.

Large print sizes ; up to 42cm (W) x 55cm (H).

BYO garments cannot be screen printed.

A range of specialty print effects , including: metallic, glitter, foil, glow-in-the-dark, gloss, fluoro, CMYK process and more.

Gradients and 3D effects do not translate well with screen printing.

Huge volumes at fast turnarounds.

Orders of fewer units than 15 cannot be screen printed.

Bright, vibrant plastisol inks with the option for environmentally friendly water-based inks.


Repeat orders within six months do not incur any set-up fees. Repeat orders outside of that window have 50% discounted set-up fees.


Prints are extremely durable and hard-wearing.



Mabuzi's specialty screen inks & prints:

Glitter Print (clear glue printed first, glitter then adhered to glue)
Metallic Print (coloured ink with very tiny metallic “shimmer” particles, no glue coat required)
Discharge Print (removes dye from fabric, creating a “bleach”-like print – very soft to the touch)
Water Based Print (softer feeling, eco-friendly print method, unsuitable for dark garments)
Foil Print (clear glue printed first, then sheets of thin metallic foil are applied, creating a shiny, almost “mirror”-like effect)

Please note that some of all of the prints above may incur a surcharge on print price or may require extra setup costs.


Screen printing is ideal for:

• Merchandise for re-sale

Got a band, a club, a society or otherwise? The low cost of larger run screen printing makes it perfect for merchandise; just ask our friends over at the Sydney Roller Derby League, or our musical mates Seekae.

• Events & promotion

If you’re in need of a lot of shirts, on a tight budget, we can help. Screen printing remains a popular choice for large-scale events due to its fast turnaround, low per-unit cost and volume capabilities. We’ve helped plenty of events get off the ground; from arts events like Sculpture by the Sea & the Sydney Film Festival, to exciting one-off promotions like Telstra’s amazing “4G” stunt.

• Uniforms

Due to its fantastic wash-and-wear durability, screen printing is also a popular choice for uniforms, particularly in the construction and hospitality sectors. You may have already seen our work over at Freedom Furniture, or Traditional Restoration.


Garments for screen printing:

Mabuzi offer printing onto a large range of items for varying budgets, which can be found in our online catalogue. All items with "screen printing" listed as an option in the decoration field are available for this print method.

Note: Mabuzi does not screen print onto BYO garments. If you have BYO garments that require printing, please see our digital transfers and vinyl transfers pages.


How it works:

1) To set up your artwork, each solid colour in the print is isolated and then "burnt", or blocked-out, onto individual screens (one per colour), which act as a stencil for the ink to be pushed through. Due to this physical separation of colours onto individual screens, it should be noted that the blending of colours, or varying tones of one colour, is not possible and as such, gradients and "3D" effects are best avoided.

2) Once the required screens are made, they are locked into the arms of the print carousel and "registered" (or aligned) to one another to ensure every layer of colour is printed in the correct position. The appropriate colour of ink is then applied to each screen and the colours go down one-by-one to create your print.

3) Once printed, your garment goes through either a heat or UV curing process to dry and permanently affix the printed ink to your shirt.


Looking for pricing?

View Mabuzi’s garments and pricing in our online catalogue.
Can’t find what you need? Request a quote or contact us.


More info:

Artwork specifications
Products & packages
Pantone swatches (colour system)


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