October '15

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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2 0 1 5 O C T O B E R P R I N T W E A R || 101 How can I stop direct-to-garment prints from scorching light garments? This is one of the trickiest issues to handle in direct-to-garment printing. Different shirts, materials, colors, and brands are affected by heat in various ways. The best way to handle this problem is to go through simple steps to reduce scorch markings. First, if you are using pretreatment, simply try reducing the amount going onto the shirt. Some shirts require more or less pretreatment than others. You can also try to reduce temperature or time by 5 percent. Just a slight change can make a big difference and will minimally impact the print and wash. Next, try placing some polyester material, like embroidery backing, between your heat press and silicon paper. This material can help take away some of the initial impact of the metal plate on the heat press. Lastly, go with another brand or style of shirt. If one particular type of shirt gives you issues and another doesn't, it's better to offer your customer what will work best for their needs. MARC VILA, COLMAN & CO. What are your recommen- dations for making sure a digital print is fully cured so ink does not wash out after one or two washes? Curing needs to be consistently done in adherence to the manufacturer's recom- mendations. Any variation can cause a gar- ment not to cure properly. Also, be aware that not all garments and fabric types cure for the same length of time or at the same temperature. RICK MACALI, HIRSCH INTERNATIONAL Pretreatment and a reduc- tion of temperature can help prevent scorch marks like the one seen here. (Image cour- tesy Colman & Co.)

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