October '16

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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2 0 1 6 O C T O B E R P R I N T W E A R || 63 Assuming "average" usage in a typical shop, what would be the lifespan range of a heat press? A heat press's lifespan is typi- cally evaluated by its number of "hits," or times that the upper platen is lowered to the bottom platen. I would guesstimate that a user will get at least 100,000 hits out of any major-brand heat press. Some air models have been designed to last for more than 1 million hits. A quality heat press built by a reputable manufacturer will be designed in such a way that the components and mainframe will last for years. The only things that will need to be replaced based on wear and tear will be parts like pads and switches. BEN ROBINSON, HOTRONIX A quality heat press from a reputable brand can poten- tially last for years. (Image courtesy Hotronix) I'm getting scorching and heat press marks on my tri- blend T-shirts. How can I eliminate this? Tri-blend fabrics are a combination of three fabric types: rayon, cot- ton, and polyester. With a high percentage of heat-sensitive fabrics like rayon and polyester in the garment, these blends are not able to withstand high heat like 100 percent cotton. To successfully print heat-sensitive shirts, look for a transfer that has a low-temperature application, such as 280 degrees F or below. You can also eliminate scorch marks on the collars and seams of tri-blend T-shirts by making sure they are draped off the platen. COURTNEY KUBITZA, STAHLS' TV There are ways to prevent tri-blend T-shirts from being marked or scorched on the press. (Image courtesy STAHLS')

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