Updated: Sep 25, 2020
Whether you are pro mask wearer, or think it is a government control conspiracy, we simply just can't get around wearing them at some places. If we have to wear them, we might as well promote our company at the same time. We've decorated several different kinds of face masks in three decoration methods, and are here to help you pick the best option for your needs.
The number one way to decorate masks is with screen printing. With perfect details that help get your company's message across, it isn't hard to see why it is the most popular option right now. Rather than making a screen and printing directly on the masks, we make printed transfers with our plastisol inks that are then carefully heat pressed onto the masks. Transferring them, rather than directly printing them, allows us to ensure that they have optimal placement on your product. The down side is that this processes only allows for single color prints. The wash ability and durability of the logo print is undeniable compared to options two and three.
The next option we like to suggest is vinyl transfers. These give you a more color capabilities, and has crisp details. If you want a three or more color logo, it is possible with a vinyl application. We print and cut the vinyl, then heat transfer them onto the mask. This option, though it allows for more colors than a screen print, has several cons:
1) it costs more for both the printer and customer. Though lots of small start up businesses tout that vinyl is the best, it really is more costly! for smaller orders it can be easier for businesses to use rather than the lengthy process of a screen print, but it really ends up costing so much more in many ways.
2) It cracks under excessive wear, washing, and heat. It just isn't as durable as our other options!
3) Since it is a vinyl, with a bonding agent on flexible fabric, it causes the fabric to no longer stretch freely in the applied area. That lack of flexibility means that if you put it on the center of your mask, it could also cause problems with fit.
4) it can be hard to breathe through a full vinyl application.
Last option that we recommend to our customers is Direct to Garment printing (DTG for short). All the colors of the rainbow at one set cost on a mask if that is what you wish! DTG printing is a water based ink that is heat set into the fabric. You could take any image of your choosing, and print it onto a mask. The one fall back: it must be on light colored fabrics! Because of the type of machine we have, we only allow the lightest of fabrics to be used. Ash grey, Light blue, and light yellow are other acceptable options. You will lose some clarity if you choose ANY colored fabric though. The good thing about choosing white masks with a DTG is that you will also not come across inventory issues. Black and navy are the most in demand colors for masks; while white is the least.
We have had questions about embroidery for masks. We don't recommend it. That is not to say that it isn't possible or wouldn't look good. It is just not something that we offer. A big part of that is our high standards. We want each piece to be consistent in manufacturing and decoration. The small size of a mask causes issues with hooping each piece exactly the same every time. That small margin of movement does not comply to our "No 2%" rule. Since there is no way around the issue, we just don't recommend it as one of the best options for decoration on masks.