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Screen Printing and Pad Printing on Plastic Bottles

Screen Printing and Pad Printing on Plastic Bottles

Printing on plastic bottles is a crucial part of product branding and marketing. Two commonly used techniques for printing on plastic bottles are screen printing and pad printing. Both methods have their own unique advantages and applications, depending on the specific needs of the project.

NB! We use a minimum quantity of +/- 2500 pieces for printing products. The delivery time varies from 4-6 weeks after order.


Screen Printing

What is Screen Printing? Screen printing, also known as serigraphy, is a printing technique where ink is pressed through a fine mesh screen that is stretched over a frame. A stencil determines which parts of the screen allow ink to pass through.

Advantages of Screen Printing

  1. Durability: Screen printing inks are often very durable and can withstand wear and tear, which is important for products that are frequently handled or washed.
  2. Bright Colors: Screen printing uses thick inks that produce bright and vibrant colors.
  3. Suitable for Large Quantities: This technique is cost-effective for printing large numbers of bottles.
  4. Versatility: Suitable for printing on various surfaces and shapes, including cylindrical bottles.

Applications of Screen Printing

  • Companies often use screen printing for personalizing water bottles, beauty products, and food containers.
  • It is ideal for designs consisting of one or two colors due to simplicity and cost savings.

Pad Printing

What is Pad Printing? Pad printing is an indirect printing method where an image is transferred via a silicone pad from an etched plate to the surface of the object.

Advantages of Pad Printing

  1. Precision: Pad printing offers a high degree of detail and precision, making it ideal for complex designs and small fonts.
  2. Flexibility: This method can be used on irregular and curved surfaces, making it suitable for almost any bottle shape.
  3. Color Versatility: Unlike screen printing, pad printing can easily apply multiple colors in one design.
  4. Quick Solution: Pad printing is fast and efficient, especially for smaller quantities.

Applications of Pad Printing

  • Widely used in the cosmetics industry for printing small, detailed logos and texts on lipstick tubes, bottles, and jars.
  • Ideal for promotional items and sports bottles where detailed and multi-color images are needed.

Choosing Between Screen Printing and Pad Printing

When choosing between screen printing and pad printing for printing on plastic bottles, several factors should be considered:

  • Design Complexity: For simple designs with one or two colors, screen printing is often the best choice. For complex, detailed, and multi-color designs, pad printing is more suitable.
  • Bottle Shape: Screen printing is ideal for cylindrical shapes, while pad printing is more flexible for irregular and curved surfaces.
  • Quantity: For large quantities, screen printing is often more cost-effective, whereas pad printing is better suited for smaller quantities and sample prints.


Both screen printing and pad printing offer excellent options for printing on plastic bottles, each with their own unique benefits. The choice between these techniques depends on the specific needs of your project, including the design, bottle shape, and desired quantity. By choosing the right printing technique, you can ensure your product stands out and effectively promotes your brand.


Examples of Screen Printing

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