October '15

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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100 || P R I N T W E A R O C T O B E R 2 0 1 5 pretreatment was applied. Typically, CMYK prints on any col- ored polyester can be achieved with the same results as on 100 percent cotton. However, the darker the shirt, the more muted the light-colored CMYK colors get due to there being no white under-base. It must be noted that there is no ideal way to print white ink on dark-colored polyester fabrics as of yet. Some limited success has been achieved, but there are still issues with dye-migration where the shirt dye color taints the white ink when it is heated. BRIAN WALKER, IMAGE ARMOUR Digital direct-to-garment printers stationed over a platen can fit many different machines. (Image courtesy Hirsch International) Is there any way to print polyester Ts with direct-to-garment? People often hear they cannot print on 100 percent polyester fabrics, or that they need special inks to do so. Normally, just printing direct-to-garment inks on mois- ture-wicking fabric will cause serious bleeding issues, poor washfastness, and poor color intensity. However, using a pretreatment designed to prevent that can increase the characteristics that will help the direct-to-garment print look sublimated on white polyester fabrics. Some light-colored polyester fabrics should be tested pri- or to pretreating, as the dyes can react with the pretreat- ment and leave a permanent pretreatment "box" where the Q & Q & Q A & A & Direct-to-Garment

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