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Old 07-22-2012, 12:27 PM   #1
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Anyone have any thoughts about painted on logos? Making new labels for each batch gets expensive with printer ink and paper so i thought maybe make a stencil and paint a permanent logo on my bottles and just ordering custom caps to identify beer styles. Good idea?

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Old 07-22-2012, 01:06 PM   #2
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Rough sketch of logo i intend to use

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Old 07-22-2012, 02:05 PM   #3
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Seems like custom caps could get expensive, too. Cool idea about the paint, though.

The only time I label is when giving away bottles or for a special event. I usually don't expect to get those bottles back anyway.

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Old 07-22-2012, 02:20 PM   #4
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I've seen posts on here about a web site that does custom caps for 12 cents ea. That equals out to just under $6 to cap 2 cases. Full color labels would use up almost a whole ink cartridge which runs about $40....my main concern is i soak my bottles in oxi clean and would the paint hold up to that?

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I've been thinking about ordering some screen printed bottles from these guys: http://sdbottleprinting.com/22-ounce-bottle/

They I was thinking about designing it so there would be a place to put the spraypaint chalkboard stuff so I can write on info.

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Old 07-22-2012, 08:28 PM   #6
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Screen printed bottles would be cool, think there may be a place here where i live that might be able to do that. I'll have to check that out

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Lots of people do silk-screening at home, and there are a lot of sources on how to make your own screens, kits for screening, as well as sources that'll make a good-quality screen for you at a good price.

As for standing upto oxy; it'll depend on the paint. Sink screening is used a lot on glass (most beer-glasses with logos are silk-screened), and they stand upto dishwashers pretty well, so I'd suspect the same type paint would have little issue with oxy. T-shirt ink is also durable, but who knows how well it'll stick to glass.

Another option is a stencil and hobby paint-sprayer, although stensils do limit your design options somewhat, as they usually need all parts to be connected.

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Good info, im gonna check into the do it yourself screen printing

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As someone who has screenprinted, has friends who work in screen printing shops and had extensively researched bottle printing let me start right away by saying this is one thing you do not want to do yourself.

  • You're printing a rounded surface, which requires special equipment or at least quite an understanding of the craft.
  • Glass inks are usually highly toxic and require heat setting, which is a fancy way of you have to bake them to a very specific temperature
  • The cost of figuring out how to set it up and testing will cost you far more than just a couple cases of bottles and a few homebrew sessions
  • You run the risk of driving yourself mad over it
  • A simple stencil spraypainted on would look better than a beginners attempt at printing on bottles

I'm not trying to be totally negative, I just know what's ahead for anyone who ventures down this path. RDWHAH is something you can't rely on this time around. The reason I posted the link above, was because their prices at around 70¢ higher than retail bottles seemed reasonable for the amount of craft and work they would bring to your project. When it comes to tshirts and paper you can get away with a lot. But bottles? Even myself, as an experience screenprinter in many ways (built a press, exposure unit, printed over 10,000 sheets of paper, exposed over 300 screens) wouldn't attempt without the proper gear & training.
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Old 07-24-2012, 07:34 AM   #10
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Does anyone know if Corona "paints" or screen prints their logos?

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