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DIY Screen Printing Starter Kit

DIY Screen Printing Starter Kit

DIY Screen Printing Starter Kit
Do-it-Yourself 1 Color PressComes in an awesome printed box.
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Item Number
$249.99 Reg.
$199.99 Sale
Type of Kit
Add Heat Gun or Flash for Faster Ink Curing?
Add More Inks and 1 Extra Screen?
Expansion Pack contents: Pints of Water Based Comet White, Black, Red, Blue, Green, Yellow, Purple and Retarder. Wood 16x20 156 Screen

Customer Reviews

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I Love Screen PrintingI just finished my first silkscreen with my starter kit and I LOVE IT!! I am a total screen printing convert. I loved the 2-day seminar I took with Ryan and the team. It was a great investment! Feel free to put my recommendations on your site or anywhere you want to because I love Ryonet! Written by Suzanne V. on Fri 21 Jun 2013 11:01:23 PM GMT
Starter Kit - I'm so glad I bought it!I normally don't take the time to go back and write reviews, but I am SO thrilled with my hobby kit that I just had to. I purchased the hobby kit with extra ink and and screen, along with the econo flash dryer. However, you don't have to purchase any extras because the hobby kit literally has everything you need to start screen printing. I have never screen printed or seen it done or even gone to a screen print shop. I just got the bright idea that I was going to make some shirts and a google search led me to Ryonet. On my 3rd try, my screen image came out perfect (my problem was my film positive wasn't dark enough to effectively block out the light, so I put it through my printer twice and that fixed my problem). I am not technical or even crafty, so I was seriously shocked at how easy this was to do. I would recommend watching the video and listening closely - you will easily avoid some first-timer mistakes this way. After making a shirt, I got an order to make shirts for my cousins baseball team and made more money than I spent on the kit! Plus I have lots of supplies to make more shirts with! I couldn't be happier :))) Written by Amanda Hodges on Mon 18 Feb 2013 7:39:43 PM GMT
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If you're the type of person who loves to create, design, learn, and do your own thing, the DIY Screen Printing Starter Kit may be just the thing to get you excited. Ryonet + Print Liberation both started screen printed with no money, no experience, and no education.  We created this kit because want to share the awesomeness of screen printing with you, make it affordable, and make it easy and fun to learn.

Why are you interested in DIY screen printing?
  • Start a side business.
  • Screen printing t-shirts for fun.
  • Learn to create your own brand.
  • Screen print shirts for your business, school or sports team.
  • Customize clothing and give yourself a look no one else has.
  • Screen print posters or art fabric.
  • Learn a new craft or skill.

Why Ryonet? I bought a screen printing starter kit from you about a year ago, I had never made a print before in my life, and mostly due to your videos on youtube and your website, I have printed in excess of 15,000 logos on safety vests using the press and the kit with a couple of aluminum frames.  I still use the same press, platen, and light that came with the kit, even the same squeegee. It's a great product, from a great company. Thanks to Ryonet and this kit, all of our screen printing is now done in house and out sourcing is obsolute. That is why Ryonet!  - Keith Swart, MCD Supply Co 

What’s included in the DIY Screen Printing Start Up Kit:

  • DIY Starter Press w/ 14x14 platen for DIY screen printing your t-shirts
  • Wood Screen 16x20 156 Mesh for printing your image
  • 500 Watt halogen exposure light w/mounting fixture for exposing your screen
  • 11" 70 durometer squeegee for printing your ink
  • 12" Emulsion scoop coater for applying emulsion
  • Roll of 2"x 15 yd screen tape for taping your screen
  • CCI WBP Emulsion pint  for screen creation
  • Light safe bulb for darkroom environment
  • 8 oz. Waterbase Black ink for printing on shirts
Check out the additional supply pack.
  • 8 oz. Screen degreaser (cont) for cleaning screens
  • 8 oz. Emulsion remover (cont) for removing emulsion
  • 2 oz. Pallet adhesive for tacking your shirt in place
  • 1 Red scrub pad for cleaning your screens
  • 4 pairs of disposable latex gloves for print clean up
  • 10 Ultimate cleanup cards for ink discard/ clean up
  • 2 sheets of 16"x24" parchment paper for curing shirts with an iron
  • 5 pack of Rite Film wp film positives for printing and creating positive
  • DIY Instructional DVD and manual for easy instructional follow

Complete DIY Training Video
Click to Watch (1 Hour Long)
Complete DIY Starter Kit Manual
Download (10.3 mb)

Starter Hobby Press

  • Solid steel and aluminum construction.
  • Strong gas shock for stable and steady screen action.
  • Cyan powder coat finish.
  • Available bracket options for different size platens.
  • Adjustable screen tilt and off contact control.
  • Integrated exposure light and mounting fixture for screen exposure (fig. 5)
  • Made in the USA
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty
  • Print up to 15 shirts/ hr - 1 color logo when curing with a household iron.
  • Print up to 20-25 shirts/ hr - 1 color logo when curing with a heat gun.
  • Print up to 40-60 shirts/ hr - 1 color logo when curing with a flash dryer.
  • Average t-shirt cost of $1.50 - $3.00/ shirt. Check out ShirtSpace.com
  • Average ink cost of $0.05 - $0.15/ shirt.
  • Capable of printing professional quality.
  • Designed for printing smaller runs of shirts: 1-50 at one time.
  • Capable of printing larger runs of shirts: 50 or more at one time with upgraded dryers.

Why start with Ryonet?
Ryonet has the most experience and passion in the industry for starting screen printers—over the past 10 years we have helped thousands of people start and learn the art of screen printing. Supported by Ryonet’s top notch training videos, manuals, hands on training and free technical support our goal not only help you start, but to succeed in screen printing. We believe that if we help you learn screen printing, by offering the best package and support as you begin, you will have more fun and want to grow and expand.  

I tried to work with a “Big Brand Company”, but they wouldn’t give me the time of day. I turned to Ryonet, and  I found that I get the same level of attention and service as a big experienced printer! You are MY screen printing supply company!
Thanks for all your help!
- Geoff Sager - Flat Broke Comics

Training you can trust:
We’ve created a brand new instructional DVD to walk you through the step-by-step process of how to use this kit. In this training video we provide easy to follow detailed instruction on equipment setup, artwork, film output, screen preparation, screen exposure, print setup, screen printing on dark garments, screen printing on light garments, cleanup and next steps. This is also the first video we filmed completely in a home or small business environment using only the components that come in the package.

Contiguous US flat rate shipping charge: $25.00
*In order to effectively support this package it is very important for you to review the training video and manual before calling support so that our support staff can better trouble shoot your questions.

Support you can rely on:

Package requirements, options and notes. MUST READ.
This package does require a few household items to work. You will need access to a computer and printer to make your film positives, access to an iron, a water hose with a good nozzle, a sturdy desk or table and a small clear piece of glass (like one from a picture frame). We also highly recommend upgrading to a heat gun. The ink curing process is the most time consuming part of the screen printing process. A heat gun will allow you to cure your shirts in 1-3 minutes depending on the size of the image. Without a heat gun, you will be curing with an iron and the cure times will be double.

This package ships in one box and weighs about 35 pounds total. The average delivery time in the US is usually two to six business days. In most cases these packages ship the day of the order or the day after. However, from time to time they go on back order for an additional day or two. If you have an urgent need or a time sensitive matter, please call or e-mail. Next day air, 2nd day air and 3rd day
select shipping options are available.

Q. Can I operate this kit out of my home or business? 
A. Yes, the DIY screen printing start up kit includes all environmentally safe products that can be used in your home or business environment. The DVD and training manual will walk you through how to use these products in your home  or business.

Q. Do you need a dedicated darkroom to use the starter kit?
A. No, you don’t need a dedicated darkroom—the kit comes with a light safe yellow light and the instructions show you how to turn almost any environment into a light safe darkroom.

Q. Can you print on other things other than t-shirts with this kit?
A. Yes, you absolutely can. The ink that comes with the starter kit is a water based ink. With water based ink you can print on textiles like cotton, 50/50 and canvas. You can also print on uncoated wood and paper with this ink.  By purchasing different types of ink you can print on different substrates.

Here are a few of the different types of inks and what they are used for:
Graphic Printing Ink – used for hard substrates like metal, glass, plastic, wood and more.
Opaque Plastisol Ink – doesn’t dry in the screen and is great for printing on dark garments.

Q. How many shirts can you print with this kit?
A. You can print between 50-100 shirts with the ink that comes in the kit. However you can easily order more water based ink and more screens along with other supplies and print as many shirts as you would like to.

Q. Can you print multiple color shirts with this kit?
A.  You can print more than one color of ink on a shirt with this kit, but it would be very hard to print more than one color in registration with the single color press that comes in the kit. For printing multiple colors in registration we suggest you upgrade to a larger press that has more color arms on it. Check out Ryonet’s Silver Press line.

Q. How long will it take to learn how to make a shirt?
A. It really depends on the printer. Some will love it and pick it up immediately and others could never use it. We find that most new printers can print a shirt with this package in the first few tries. Here’s a tip: try printing on light garments first—they are much easier to learn on.

Q. How long will the ink last on the t-shirt?
A. It’s very important that the ink is completely cured on the shirt. The instructional video and manual discuss this in detail. If the ink is properly cured on the garment then your shirt will last a very long time—most likely the life of the shirt. However, if the ink is not cured properly on the garment it will start to fade right away. Curing at 320 degrees F is key!

Q. What size of screens does this press take?
A. The DIY Hobby Starter Press can take 16x20” Wood Screens to 20x24” Wood screens or Aluminum Screens.