Request for a Pad Transfer Printing Quote on Plastics
(we do not print on metal or painted metal)
That you send us three samples that will not be returned (we need to
test ink and fixturing).
That you email us a vectored art file in a pdf (no ai, eps, jpg, bitmap or
otherwise). A “pdf” is only a brown paper envelope, so to speak. It is
what is in the pdf that is important, and the contents must be vectored
art. Don’t send a jpg saved in a pdf as we can’t use it. Vectored art is
simply lines and curves with intersection points. Vector the fonts also
(create outlines in the Illustrator program).
That you include in your email a CAD drawing or similar showing print
size and location, Pantone (PMS) ink color number, etc.
That you give us a description of the packaging (unpack and repack
can take as long as the printing.) Include this packaging description in
the email accompanying your artwork.
Send sample parts to be test printed to:
Pad Printing Services Inc.
12051 31st Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98125
We have a $300. minimum order requirement (combination of setup + print charge).
Below are some rough pad printing costs for Industrial products (not for promotional product printing) and this pricing may be on the high side, we need to have the above requirements met to properly quote.
Be sure to read the “Considerations to Print Pricing” at the bottom of this page.
Plastics ABS, PVC, PC, one print location, single hits of ink, image up to 2″ diameter on part 1″x 3″x 4″ using our standard solvent based inks.
These are 2021 ball park prices. 2022 has prices are a bit higher due to an increase in the costs of doing business, about 20% higher. However, send us your requirements and we’ll give you a bid.
One Color print
Print cost for up to 500 units $.29 each
Print cost at 2000 units $.19 each
Two Color print
Print cost for up to 500 units $.39 each
Print cost at 2000 units $.29 each
Three Color print
Print cost for up to 500 units $.49 each
Print cost at 2000 units $.39 each
Four Color print
Print cost for up to 500 units $.59 each
Print cost at 2000 units $.49 each
A “single hit of ink” refers to a dark ink color on a light plastic color, for example, black ink on a non textured yet nonglare white plastic. The converse, such as white ink on a black surface usually requires two hits of ink, and we would have to do some print samples to determine cost.
Printing Polypropylene and Nylon plastics requires raising the surface tension of the plastic so that the ink will adhere. For this we pretreat the print area with Corona Plasma. The charge is a few cents more. Corona may leave wet marks on some brands of polypropylene. Send us samples for testing.
Silicone rubber screen printing on Platinum Cured silicone made products, send us your requirements for us to bid the printing. Flat surfaces only such as backing mats, etc.
Silicone inks must be oven baked for cure, so any connected plastics or electronics will be damaged. In other words, the product must be 100% silicone.
We cannot match Pantone colors with silicone inks. Our approximate
Pantone matches are:
PMS 186 Red
PMS 355 Green
PMS 286 Blue
PMS 872 Metallic Gold
Black and White
We can lighten or darken the above silicone inks and intermix these colors to produce other shades.