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Prints
That Perform
common problems and solutions for dtg printing on
popular-but-problematic fabrics.
By BRIAN WALKER, CoNTRIBuTINg WRITER

Direct-to-garment (DTG) printing has
become one of the fastest-growing methods of decorating garments. Much of its
market acceptance is because order sizes
are getting smaller while individual shirt
customization has increased.
DTG handles both of these market shifts
with ease. Increased machine reliability,
speed and functionality, as well as vast improvements in fabrics, pretreatments and
inks, have helped make DTG a mainstay
today.
This type of printing primarily is done on
natural-fibered shirts, such as 100% cotton.
However, with the increase in popularity
of 100% polyester shirts and other blended
garments, this decoration method always
lagged behind other processes when it
came to performance fabrics, which are
designed to help wick moisture away from
the body. Since DTG inks are water-based,
they tend to wick through the garment
fibers, causing the printed image to appear
blurry and washed out.
The biggest hurdle for DTG when
applied to performance fabrics is dye
migration, which occurs when the fabric
dyes get heated and turn into a gas that
penetrates the inks. This can happen
immediately during curing, or several days to weeks afterward. Typically,
it happens at or above 330°F. Though
many plastisol inks have been developed
to resist this phenomenon, it still is a
problem with water-based inks.
Advancements in garment-processing
technology are helping to mitigate
dye-migration issues that many decorators experience. In addition, DTG ink and
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DTG ink and pretreatment improvements have
helped make performance-fabric printing one of
the industry's hottest segments. Photo courtesy
of Resolute DTG.

pretreatment improvements have helped
propel performance-fabric printing into
its current status as one of the industry's
hottest segments.
Problems & Solutions
Printing performance fabrics is very similar
to printing on 100% cotton. However,

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several factors related to the garment will
affect results.The following are some common problems and solutions.
Problem: Ink wicking, and poor vibrancy and wash durability.
Solution: Use the properly designated
amount of pretreatment and cure appropriately. With the correct pretreatment


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Impressions - April 2017

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

Impressions - April 2017
Contents
First Impressions
From the Show Director
Overheard
First Look
Scene at ISS
On Design
Team Threads
Perforate Athleticwear Properly
Shop Talk
Embroidery Technique
Embroidery Design & Digitizing
Screen Printing Graphics & Design
Sublimation
Direct-To-Garment
Heat Printing
Ad Index/Online Directory
Classifieds
Impressions - April 2017 - CT1
Impressions - April 2017 - CT2
Impressions - April 2017 - Impressions - April 2017
Impressions - April 2017 - Cover2
Impressions - April 2017 - 1
Impressions - April 2017 - Contents
Impressions - April 2017 - 3
Impressions - April 2017 - 4
Impressions - April 2017 - 5
Impressions - April 2017 - First Impressions
Impressions - April 2017 - 7
Impressions - April 2017 - From the Show Director
Impressions - April 2017 - 9
Impressions - April 2017 - Overheard
Impressions - April 2017 - 11
Impressions - April 2017 - 12
Impressions - April 2017 - 13
Impressions - April 2017 - First Look
Impressions - April 2017 - 15
Impressions - April 2017 - 15a
Impressions - April 2017 - 15b
Impressions - April 2017 - Scene at ISS
Impressions - April 2017 - 17
Impressions - April 2017 - 18
Impressions - April 2017 - On Design
Impressions - April 2017 - Team Threads
Impressions - April 2017 - 21
Impressions - April 2017 - 22
Impressions - April 2017 - 23
Impressions - April 2017 - Perforate Athleticwear Properly
Impressions - April 2017 - 25
Impressions - April 2017 - 26
Impressions - April 2017 - 27
Impressions - April 2017 - Shop Talk
Impressions - April 2017 - 29
Impressions - April 2017 - Embroidery Technique
Impressions - April 2017 - 31
Impressions - April 2017 - 32
Impressions - April 2017 - Embroidery Design & Digitizing
Impressions - April 2017 - 34
Impressions - April 2017 - 35
Impressions - April 2017 - 36
Impressions - April 2017 - 37
Impressions - April 2017 - Screen Printing Graphics & Design
Impressions - April 2017 - 39
Impressions - April 2017 - 40
Impressions - April 2017 - Sublimation
Impressions - April 2017 - 42
Impressions - April 2017 - 43
Impressions - April 2017 - Direct-To-Garment
Impressions - April 2017 - 45
Impressions - April 2017 - 46
Impressions - April 2017 - Heat Printing
Impressions - April 2017 - 48
Impressions - April 2017 - 49
Impressions - April 2017 - Ad Index/Online Directory
Impressions - April 2017 - Classifieds
Impressions - April 2017 - 52
Impressions - April 2017 - Cover3
Impressions - April 2017 - Cover4
Impressions - April 2017 - I1
Impressions - April 2017 - I2
Impressions - April 2017 - I3
Impressions - April 2017 - I4
Impressions - April 2017 - I5
Impressions - April 2017 - I6
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