17 May 2010

Screen Printed Silicone Wristbands

What is the difference between Screen Printed, Color Coated and Color Filled wristbands? We are often asked this and will clarify it for you today!
Screen printed wristbands or ink jet bracelets are silicone wristbands with the message printed on top of the bracelet. Similar to a screen printed t-shirt, the message is printed onto the wristband in a similar technique to a printer printing on a sheet of paper. The bracelets are loaded on to a form and printed on using a silicone based ink. Screen printing provides a greater thickness in ink.

Color coated wristbands are 2 layers of color one on top of the other. The top layer is silicone paint and the bottom is the silicone wristband. When the message is engraved or debossed using a laser, the top layer is removed where your text or images is, revealing the bottom layer or color.

Color coated bracelets allows you a cost effective option to the color filled style however it has its draw backs. While color coated wristbands are easy to read and make a big impression, this type band was created for promotional use and occasional wear. Over time, the outer layer will wear or fade; this process occurs quicker with daily wear.

Color filled wristbands however are very different. Debossed, color filled wristbands are manufactured with a molding technique. A steel mold is cast with your custom message or logo. Once this process is complete, silicone is simply pressed into the mold and using 10,000lbs of pressure the message is stamped or imprinted into the silicone. Color filling adds an alternate color to the message text. The wristbands are manufactured by either mold or laser, and then re-stretched. Each portion of text or logo is individually filled with an alternate color and baked. This is very tedious and a unique art form. The baking process sets the silicone ink used to fill the custom message bonding it to the silicone wristband. Color filling is a unique feature and will not fade or chip and will withstand the test of time.

If you are still uncertain of the difference, please feel free to contact us at 1-800-433-1758. We will be glad to further explain it to you!

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