The Head West niche has always been printing on glass and mirror with specialty inks. Because we operate a silvering conveyor, we are able to transform certain inks into reflective patterns that radically enhance the image. A transparent yellow becomes shiny gold when silvered and a viscous clear becomes a reflective lens which transmits light resembling a deep etched appearance on a mirror. Head West also offers acid etching on mirror, digital printing, and conventional screen printing. We can print on most other materials including canvas, acrylic, aluminum, and wood.
TYPES OF PRINTING
A light hydrofluoric acid is selectively applied to the mirror surface which actually burns into the glass or mirror, leaving a frosty, permanent image. Acid Etch on glass provides a translucent surface, which diffuses light and color from the surface behind it. Our production acid etch print lines are the nation's finest and fastest, providing you with the cleanest and flaw free etch designs available. Maximum size is 60” x 96”. We also sandblast door sized glass up to 36” x 96” in a conventional way.
Screen (Epoxy & UV)
We screen print Ultraviolet inks which offer a large color pallet and are environmentally clean to work with. On our 38x50” rotary press we are able to print 4 color process on any flat substrate. For more permanent graphics we screen print with 2-part epoxy inks which offer stronger resistance to adhesives and moisture. Sometimes we print with both to get a special effect or to achieve a more durable product. Maximum size is 60” x 96”.
Our 48x96 flatbed printed offers the highest quality printing on just about any flat surface. It prints CMYK plus white in vivid colors with fine, minute detail. The cost per square foot is higher than conventional screen printing, but without all the setup costs, which allows smaller quantity printing to be affordable.
To achieve raised textures on substrates we feature Eurobase printing. By screen printing with a specially designed viscous ink we are able to create height on a surface which we paint over to get wood carved or embossed metal effects.