Pad Printing:

The Process and Advantages

Pad printing is a versatile and cost-effective printing process that is commonly used for decorating a wide range of products, especially those with irregular shapes or surfaces. The process involves the use of a silicone rubber pad, which transfers ink from an engraved plate (cliché) onto the object to be printed. Here's a simplified overview of the pad printing process:

  1. Versatile and High-Quality: Pad printing allows for the application of logos and designs with outstanding quality. This versatility makes it suitable for a wide range of promotional products.

  2. Cost-Effective: Pad printing is a cost-effective method of applying logos and designs to promotional items, making it an attractive choice for businesses seeking high-quality results without breaking the budget.

  3. Suitable for Irregular Surfaces: The soft, elastic silicone rubber pad can conform to irregular and uneven surfaces, ensuring that the print adheres accurately even on non-flat or contoured objects.

  4. Durable and Long-Lasting: The ink applied through pad printing is durable and resistant to wear and tear, ensuring that the branding on promotional products remains vibrant and intact for an extended period.

  5. Quick and Efficient: Pad printing is a relatively fast and efficient process, making it suitable for large-scale production and tight deadlines.

  6. Popular Choice: Due to its versatility, cost-effectiveness, and ability to produce high-quality results, pad printing is a popular choice among businesses and manufacturers for branding and customization of promotional items.


  • 3D Objects
  • Long or Short Runs
  • Detailed Registration
  • Durable Finish
  • Cost-Effective
  • In-House Art Dept


Suitable Materials:

  • Plastics: PVC, Nylon, Polystyrene, Polycarbonate
  • Wood: Natural, Finished
  • Metals: Spray Painted, Powder-Coated
  • Glass: Flat, Cylindrical

Common Pad Printing Applications

  • Control Buttons
  • Automotive Parts
  • Injection Molded Parts
  • Medical Products
  • Name Plates
  • Promotional Products
  • Beverage bottles
  • Toys and Hobby Parts
  • Light Bulbs
  • Clips
  • Industrial Parts

    These advantages make pad printing an appealing option for companies looking to effectively brand their promotional products with quality and affordability in mind

    How to Order

    Artwork of choice and a sample product is required in advance. The price of a pad printing varies according to the quantities and the number of colors of your design.
    Take a look at our Pad Printing Pricing


    • All artwork must be in a vector format (AI, SVG or EPS) for plate creation.
    • Once we prepare the machine for the job at hand we must continuously print until everything is complete.
    • The setup time to do one unit is the same as a hundred units so therefore, we can NOT prepare single unit samples.


    Additional Charges

    • Any products to be un-packed and re-packaged of  individual units is subject to an additional charge.
    • Custom Colors: Please allow 5 business days for custom colors to be ordered, mixed and delivered to us.
    • Some plastics require “Flame Treating” before printing, this can only be determined after a sample of the product is submitted. This process is subject to an additional charge.
    When placing an order, you are not purchasing the printing plate, fixture, or pad, these remain property of OnlyFridays.


    Printed Apparel

    Are you in search of promotional apparel for your upcoming event?

    Add a little something extra for your staff uniforms, team jerseys or large gatherings.

    • Direct to film method allows for you to decorate your garment of choice in different colors without additional setup charges per color. It is best suited if you are printing team logos, slogan tees or multi-color graphics.
    • Heat Transfer Vinyl is another option that we provide for your single color decorations. One of the great things about heat transfer vinyl is that numerous variations of materials which allow for different applications such as cotton, polyester, nylon, spandex and more. This is commonly used with sports industry and other markets which the these decorations are proved to be durable and stay longer.

     Check out our Garment printing Pricing 



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