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20 1 4 M i d - M a rc h Printwear | 43 looking print. Plus, washability suffers and there's a significant degradation of the visual brightness of the printed design. However, there are pre-treatments for polyester printing that help increase the brightness and sharpness of the print, and increase the washability. Unfortunately, dark shirt polyester printing is still not a true viable option due to the nature of white ink printing on polyester fabrics. But, as long as the proper procedures are followed, light polyester shirts can be a The far left of this 100 percent white polyester shirt was printed without pre-treatment. The right side of the garment was pre-treated. You can see why it is important to pre- treat polyester fabrics for digital direct printing. viable substrate to print on with your DTG printer. ProPer Location The garment printers themselves are extremely sensitive pieces of equipment. If you read the operating manuals, there is usually an operating temperature and humidity range recommended to help keep your equipment running at peak performance based on the climate in which it is located. This is why it is often recommended the printer be in an air conditioned/climate controlled room. If you are in the middle of the desert, where the humidity is extremely low and you don't have your printer in a controlled room (controlled with a humidifier), you will likely experience clogged nozzles. In colder climates in the winter, especially if you are using forced air for heating, you may also need a humidifier to help keep your digital garment printer happy. Some geographical areas that have very high humidity, especially in the summer (i.e. in the south), clogging might not be an issue, but excessive temperatures might factor in and cause other issues. Find out the optimal conditions for operating your equipment and find a way to maintain those conditions year-round. You will be removing one more element that can cause you headaches in your digital printing process. inks for your Printer Just like milk, your ink has an expiration date. That date is not from when you get it, but is from when the manufacturing facility produces the ink. Generally, for white ink, it seems as though there is about a 180-day window from production to when it is generally not advisable to use. Always check the expiration date prior to inserting the ink into your machine. Uni-Kote Automatic Screen Coater COAT M&R SALES AND SERVICE, INC. 1N372 Main St., Glen Ellyn, IL 60137 800-736-6431 · 630-858-6101 MRPRINT.COM / PW i-Image STE CTS Imaging & Exposure System Eco-Rinse Automatic Screen Rinsing System COAT • IMAGE • EXPOSE • RINSE IMAGE & EXPOSE RINSE Screen Room REVOLUTION PW_MidMarch14.indd 43 3/3/14 12:52 PM

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