Console Squeegee Blade – available exclusively by Colenso

Console products are a range of Screen print and Digital consumables sold exclusively by Colenso.

One of the most important of all the components involved in the screen printing process, is the Squeegee blade. Yet as one of the most important components, it is easily neglected. The squeegee blade plays a key role in the control of the overall quality of your print. A worn or chipped Squeegee blade will not allow the ink to transfer evenly through the screen. Indeed not only can a worn blade reduce print quality, it can also increase your print cost by applying too much ink.

The squeegee performance and print life are effected by a number of different parameters. Abrasion with the screen slowly rounds the squeegee print edge, reducing its ability to shear the ink from the screen. Solvent based and UV inks can drastically limit the life of a standard squeegee, often causing the Squeegee blade to swell or soften on the press. This swelling can then lead to the early breakdown and chipping.


There a many different variations of Squeegee blade, each are designed to meet different demands. They can have a square, rounded or a pointed edge, each with a different hardness. It is essential that the correct squeegee is selected for the type of substrate and ink to be printed. Selecting the wrong type can affect your ink deposit, print quality therefore increasing your costs.

All too often the common mistakes that are made when selecting squeegee are:

  • Ordering by colour alone; each manufacturer has different colours which can vary, so ensure you know which hardness each is.
  • Selecting medium hardness, assuming it will do all jobs that come their way.

Using triple shore without knowing the outer hardness, again these are available in different harnesses, so specify when ordering.

Squeegee Blade

Console urethane squeegee blade is available in a selection of profiles and hardness’s both in standard grade and high resist (high solvent and UV ink resistant).

CONSOLE URETHANE RANGE – select the hardness for the application.

For help in selecting the correct combination of squeegee harness, profile and resistance, please contact any of our Technical representatives or Screen department.

Colenso in-house Screen Stretching and Stencil Making Service

Colenso Screen Services offers an Industry leading screen stretching and stencil makingService. Our extremely competitive stretching service covers many different mesh and frame sizes. Frames are re-stretched with high quality mesh to customer specified and industry standard tensions. Unlike many companies, we have the ability to also re-mesh to any given tension. We recommend that you choose a yellow mesh if you are choosing a mesh count of over 61, as it exposes much better than white mesh in the higher counts because it blocks light conductivity through the threads, thus providing sharper detail. White mesh is more cost effective and works just as well on lower mesh counts. We do however offer both white and yellow mesh in a variety of different sizes.

With 4 separate stretching departments (Darkroom for pre-coated mesh, Industrial, Textile and Graphic) and an array of specialized screen stretching equipment that is manned by fully trained and experienced staff who work to the strictest quality procedures, we offer our customers the most comprehensive screen stretching service for all sectors of the screen printing industry.

We use exclusively SEFAR and SAATI precision fabrics and can choose from over one hundred mesh counts and thread thicknesses from our extensive stocks. A selection of stainless steel wire cloths are also available from stock.

By the use of several stretching devices, such as Sefar Pneumatic clamps and Grunig Table’s which combine to give numerous separate work stations, we have the flexibility, equipment and expertise to provide the highest level of workmanship, whatever the requirements. From small pen printing screens through to Architectural glass screens, whether just one screen or hundreds, we have the facility to match any demands.

  • New wood and Aluminum fames are available from stock and can also be made to any given size.
  • Backed up by a fleet of delivery vehicles and nationwide next day courier we provide a quick and reliable delivery and collection service.
  • Our experienced team of technical advisers have each had at least twenty years’ experience in the industry and provide unequivocal support to ensure full customer satisfaction.


Original Screen Printed Designs

Wilflex™ Screen Printing Inks are pleased to present design n. 8 in the Wilflex Originals collection, “Hill Tribe.” The highly technical quality of this print proves that textile screen printing can compete with other printing techniques when limited to a color output of four colors (CMYK). We will continue to expand the Wilflex Originals artwork collection by adding new designs regularly, so be sure to look out for the next one on our website!

Wilflex Originals artwork is an exclusive collection of printed designs, created through collaboration between independent designers, printers and PolyOne. We hope the Wilflex Originals collection will be an inspiration for tomorrow’s trends, and encourage designers to work closely with similar minded people, bringing excitement and innovation to what we do.


Wilflex™ Screen Printing Inks Wet on Wet

When printing wet-on-wet, ink will always transfer to the back of the screen. A good ink on the other hand will remain wet on the screen. This small amount of wet build is actually beneficial for ink coverage and color intensity on simulated process printing. These tips are designed to help create a controlled ink build and help with successful wet-on-wet printing.

For further information please call:
Colenso Screen Services Ltd on 01928 701356 or email


Colenso Screen Services – Launch their In-House Creative Graphic Design Service!

If you require a branding overhaul, a new brochure, leaflet and exhibition design, a regular newsletter or anything that requires a creative mind with a good understanding of business, we have the ability to impress.

Our comprehensive in-house creative graphic design studio gives you complete control over the creative process, image and message you wish to convey, across all of the marketing materials that we produce.

We offer the full range of creative graphic design services including:

Corporate Logo’s, Stationery, Brochure design, Leaflets and Adverts, Illustration, Photoshop Editing, Exhibition Graphics. We also offer an in-house, screen printing film output service.

HAVE A DESIGN OR ARTWORK PROJECT YOU’D LIKE TO DISCUSS? Contact Becky on 01928 701356, or email



METALLIC TREND: Liquid Gold, Liquid Silver, Shimmer and Glitter Inks by Wilflex™

Metallics are back in a big way in the screen printing industry, with advances in design techniques and specialised inks, thus allowing for more metallic looks which were traditionally achieved only by foil printing, using these innovative products can make your fabrics shine (literally!)

Shimmering fabrics are all the rage this season, with metallics all around, there’s no need to save your flashy fashion statements until after dark. Many printed fabrics use metallic ink to add more pizazz to a theme or a design.

Wilflex™ Metallics, Shimmers and Glitter inks are non-phthalate plastisol screen-printing inks for apparel. These inks have been specially formulated to provide textile printers with the same application parameters as conventional plastisol ink systems. Using our standard Shimmers and metallics which can be personalised with Wilflex pigment concentrates, you can create custom colour.

Want your fabrics to Shine?

For further information please call:
Colenso Screen Services Ltd on 01928 701356 or email

Does your colour mixing system produce prints to look this good?

This vibrant and opaque print, has been produced using our NEW Wilflex Epic Rio opaque pantone colour mixing system. This print was printed today through 100-40 mesh wet on wet using 5 colours.


For further information please call:
Colenso Screen Services Ltd on 01928 701356 or email

Take the Fluff out of your Flock


Epic Plush Base

Wilflex™ Epic Plush Base is a non-phthalate ink specially formulated to create soft fashion textures that simulate chenille, velvet, flock, suede and textured fabric finishes.

Various textured and embossed surfaces can be produced by adjusting ink deposit and cure temperatures.

For further information please call:
Colenso Screen Services Ltd on 01928 701356 or email

New Wilflex One Non-PVC Plastisol Inks

Wilflex™ One is the latest innovation for printers and brand owners seeking non-PVC plastisol inks that perform to the most rigorous testing and aesthetic requirements in the market today. Offering ease of printing like a traditional plastisol ink coupled with the peace of mind that Wilflex One has been formulated without PVC and complies with most major brand’s restricted substance lists (RSL). Designed for high-speed production, Wilflex One is ready for any size production run, even under the hottest processing conditions. With a wide range of print applications and design capabilities, Wilflex One delivers a complete solution to the printer seeking a non-PVC premium system.

We’ve taken the guess-work out of choosing the correct white ink with Wilflex One. The Wilflex One Cotton White and Low Bleed White are both easy to print and can be used as a first down, stand alone or hi-light white. Get the same quality print with both whites and make your choice depending on the fabric your printing. These whites quickly stack in a few strokes while keeping sharp line details, perfect for high production printing. Opacity, optical brightness and premium feel are standard with Wilflex One white inks.

  • 11650W1W Wilflex One Cotton White – premium white for 100% cotton fabrics
  • 11655W1W Wilflex One Low Bleed White – premium white for moderate bleeding blends

The Wilflex One Underbase Gray has high-performance bleed resistance properties to prevent dye migration and excellent fiber matte down to achieve a smooth first down surface with minimal ink deposit. The gray colour provides a good neutral foundation to aide subsequent layers in quickly achieving opacity for an overall efficient process.

  • 10645W1UBG Wilflex One Underbase Gray – high-performance bleed resistance properties with excellent fiber matte down. Get a smooth under base surface in fewer strokes.

The Wilflex One MX Colour mixing system offers the most extensive colour range to meet today’s ever-changing market trends. Expect nothing but exceptional colour and durability from Wilflex One. Using the latest pigment technology, matching colours becomes quicker, easier and more accurate than ever before. With 17 MX colorants, Wilflex One covers the colour spectrum to match any custom or brand colour.

These inks are creamy right out of the bucket and stay consistent throughout the production run. The MX colours are balanced for opacity and accuracy to optimize performance on press while giving colour vibrancy that the consumer demands.

Wilflex One Clear is a versatile clear used to enhance the look and feel of any print. Its deep gloss is perfect for topcoat clear applications.

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For further information please call:
Colenso Screen Services Ltd on 01928 701356 or email

White Ink Tips

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Creating a smooth print

To create a softer surface, many textile manufacturers are brushing fibers. On fibrous materials, use a smoothing screen to “iron-out” and lay down the fabrics. Any screen can be used that has no open area and can be printed on with any base or clear using a moderate pressure. No ink is applied to the fabric, but this step lays down fibers and creates a smoother surface, eliminating the need for an extra print stroke.

Creating a softer white print

If there is space on the carousel, increase the mesh count for the first white and consider using a highlight white as the last color. Thinner layers make the print much softer. Often, a white–flash–white–flash print order using a finer mesh has dramatic impact on the softness of the print and keeps the opacity of the colours.

For further information please call:
Colenso Screen Services Ltd on 01928 701356 or email

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