Metallic printing: Screen printing vs Transfer vinyl

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Golden metallic printing on t-shirts is one of most fashionable printing options, and also one of those that generate more questions, especially when it comes to choose between screen printing or CAD-CUT vinyl. So let’s clear up some things about metallic printing: screen printing vs transfer vinyl.

We show you a perfect sample of online custom t-shirts so you can see the different effects that can be achieved with one or another printing technique.

Screenprinting with gold ink

The golden ink used in screen printing is made with metallic pigments, which end up giving a metallic look to the gold and silver ink.

The gold and silver inks are the same in terms of high quality compared to normal inks, but their price is a little higher. Still, the value for money is incredible, that’s why it is the most usual choice to customise t-shirts with gold effect.

Bear in mind that small details of your design or logo will look much better using screen printing.

That’s how T-shirts printed with metallic ink look like:

Metallic Transfer Vinyl

Transfer vinyl is a thermo-adhesive laminate sheet which we cut them down to size and finally ironing them to your tees with a heat-press. There are a wide range of vinyls with different effects so you can get a very specific look.


In the case of gold vinyl, you can choose between matt metallic vinyl and metallic glitter vinyl. In these personalised tees you can see the difference between them:


We usually use transfer vinyl in some specific cases: to put different names or numbers in sport t-shirts or to customise in full colour some difficult garments, such as backpacks. It is a bit more expensive than screen printing, so we recommend it if you need a very special effect on your custom t-shirts.

Both techniques have a great resistance to washing and can be applied to any of our printable t-shirts.

Choosing a printing method usually depends on the type of design to be printed, but sometimes our clients wants a precise look on his printed t-shirts. In those cases our sales team will advise you to achieve the best results. 🙂

If you’re looking to personalise clothing, don’t hesitate to look through our catalogue and prices on our personalised t-shirts website tshirts-uk.com or call us on: 0203 695 2122