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Proper pretreating is the greatest
contributor to a bright white
underbase.When combined
with proper curing, excellent
washability can result.

humidity or extreme temperatures may
cause print heads to overheat.The machine
will respond by pushing ink through the
print head to cool it, thus wasting ink and
costing money.
2. Myth: DTG-printed shirts don't wash
as well as screen-printed shirts.
Truth: Proper pretreating and curing
result in excellent washability.
Just as with screen printing, if you do
not properly cure a DTG-printed shirt,
it won't wash well. But if cured properly,
a DTG print will wash like a screen print.
To properly analyze this, it's important to
compare apples to apples.
Screen printing with plastisol ink is like
applying PVC to the fabric. That print
should last longer than the shirt itself. Since
all DTG printers use water-based inks, the
prints should be compared to water-based
screen prints.With repeated washings, the
garment will begin to deteriorate, as will
the ink on its surface.The industry standard is 50 washings, and both DTG and
screen printing with water-based ink will
exceed it.
When printing white or light garments
with just CMYK inks (no white underbase),
using pretreatment solution will result in
better washability than a DTG-printed
garment without pretreatment.
3. Myth: You cannot do a DTG print
on polyester.
Truth: Some polyester is printable and
the future is bright.
Yes, DTG printing is best suited for 100%
cotton and blends with high cotton content. But, successfully embellishing white
polyester garments on a DTG printer has
been done for quite some time. It's as simple as applying polyester pretreatment and
decorating with a CMYK image.The result
looks like a sublimation print.
Color garments have been more of a
challenge, but not impossible. Dye migration can occur at a DTG print's common
curing temperature.This happens when the
polyester fabric's dye is released into the
ink.White ink on a red shirt will result in a
pink image. Screen printers have resolved
this issue with low-cure-temperature inks.
With DTG - just as with cotton
garments - some dark-polyester products print better than others. Printing a

dark-polyester garment requires applying a
light coat of polyester pretreatment, drying
and repeating.The shirt can then be printed
like normal. After printing, it should be
heat set at 265˚F for 45 seconds, cooled
and cured twice.This technique may vary
with specific garments and ink systems, so

experimentation is mandatory.
This multistep process is a bit tedious,
but it tells us that polyester printing with
a DTG machine is not only possible, but
also is being done today.The process will
become simpler and more commonplace
in the near future.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Impressions - September 2017

Impressions - September 2017
Contents
First Impressions
From the Show Director
Overheard
First Look
Scene at ISS
On Design
High-Flying Outerwear Embroidery
Cut From the Same Cloth
Screen Making in a New Era
Shop Talk
Embroidery Design & Digitizing
Sublimation
Direct-To-Garment
Ad Index/Online Directory
Classifieds
Impressions - September 2017 - CT1
Impressions - September 2017 - CT2
Impressions - September 2017 - Impressions - September 2017
Impressions - September 2017 - Cover2
Impressions - September 2017 - 1
Impressions - September 2017 - Contents
Impressions - September 2017 - 3
Impressions - September 2017 - 4
Impressions - September 2017 - 5
Impressions - September 2017 - First Impressions
Impressions - September 2017 - 7
Impressions - September 2017 - From the Show Director
Impressions - September 2017 - 9
Impressions - September 2017 - Overheard
Impressions - September 2017 - 11
Impressions - September 2017 - 12
Impressions - September 2017 - 13
Impressions - September 2017 - 14
Impressions - September 2017 - 15
Impressions - September 2017 - 15a
Impressions - September 2017 - 15b
Impressions - September 2017 - First Look
Impressions - September 2017 - 17
Impressions - September 2017 - 18
Impressions - September 2017 - Scene at ISS
Impressions - September 2017 - On Design
Impressions - September 2017 - 21
Impressions - September 2017 - High-Flying Outerwear Embroidery
Impressions - September 2017 - 23
Impressions - September 2017 - 24
Impressions - September 2017 - 25
Impressions - September 2017 - 26
Impressions - September 2017 - 27
Impressions - September 2017 - Cut From the Same Cloth
Impressions - September 2017 - 29
Impressions - September 2017 - 30
Impressions - September 2017 - 31
Impressions - September 2017 - Screen Making in a New Era
Impressions - September 2017 - 33
Impressions - September 2017 - 34
Impressions - September 2017 - 35
Impressions - September 2017 - 36
Impressions - September 2017 - Shop Talk
Impressions - September 2017 - 38
Impressions - September 2017 - Embroidery Design & Digitizing
Impressions - September 2017 - 40
Impressions - September 2017 - 41
Impressions - September 2017 - Sublimation
Impressions - September 2017 - 43
Impressions - September 2017 - 44
Impressions - September 2017 - 45
Impressions - September 2017 - Direct-To-Garment
Impressions - September 2017 - 47
Impressions - September 2017 - 48
Impressions - September 2017 - 49
Impressions - September 2017 - Ad Index/Online Directory
Impressions - September 2017 - Classifieds
Impressions - September 2017 - 52
Impressions - September 2017 - Cover3
Impressions - September 2017 - Cover4
Impressions - September 2017 - IO1
Impressions - September 2017 - IO2
Impressions - September 2017 - IO3
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