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[Anajet] Amazing prints using Image Armor

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Old January 11th, 2014 Jan 11, 2014 7:37:44 PM -   #1 (permalink)
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Default Amazing prints using Image Armor

Hey all, we have had the Anajet Sprint for about 1 year. We have struggled with getting what we think are really good looking prints and good white on 100% cotton shirts. We visited Image Armor to test the product before purchasing. As many of you know, and what we have learned in the past year, many vendors out there will tell you anything you want to hear. Brian, owner of Image Armor, met with us and printed several of our images and his images to prove how AWESOME the product performs. We are amazed at the crispness of our blacks and the brightness of all the colors. We will happily treat every shirt, light, dark, or poly with Image Armor to get these types of results. The bonus is we can now print on 50/50 and save some money on some of the better looking styles.

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(We did not get one of the treatment machines, we will continue to use the Wagner power spray method.)
 
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Old January 11th, 2014 Jan 11, 2014 10:40:49 PM -   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Amazing prints using Image Armor

Can you post some pics? I have a sprint and would give anything for it to print better
 
Old January 12th, 2014 Jan 12, 2014 2:56:35 AM -   #3 (permalink)
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Default Re: Amazing prints using Image Armor

I Print this shirt with 20ml Image Armor for Dark Garment.



and this with 25ml Image Armor for dark


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Old January 12th, 2014 Jan 12, 2014 9:01:02 AM -   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks for the pics, print look good. I'm gonna have to try out the image armor myself.
 
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Default Re: Amazing prints using Image Armor

Great prints.... my only issue so far was when I pretreated a colored shirt... gray, red... I'm seeing a discoloration where I pretreat. I was told to use "Light" pretreatment on a charcoal shirt, (thought it would be considered dark) and still got a stain. So I diluted with water and it seemed to help, but not sure if it will effect washability.....
 
Old January 13th, 2014 Jan 13, 2014 3:19:34 AM -   #6 (permalink)
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Default Re: Amazing prints using Image Armor

We have not seen any of the shirts discolor. Getting in some 50/50 blends and some other colors to test further. But on our white 100% poly shirts, it is amazing looking. Shirts are in for the 5th wash and still look great.
 
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What is your pretreatment method? I treat IA dark with a Wagner on 100% cotton Gildan... immediately press dry till steam is gone...
 
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Default Re: Amazing prints using Image Armor

We are using a wagner and heat press immediately. Same process as you.
 
Old January 13th, 2014 Jan 13, 2014 6:46:22 AM -   #9 (permalink)
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Default Re: Amazing prints using Image Armor

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What is your pretreatment method? I treat IA dark with a Wagner on 100% cotton Gildan... immediately press dry till steam is gone...
are you heat pressing directly onto the shirt or hovering over?
 
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are you heat pressing directly onto the shirt or hovering over?
Hover on colored shirts for 20+ seconds then press with paper. Direct press on black tees...

I've actually notice the stain starting immediately after pretreating. ( mainly on gray tees) Tried handheld spray bottle with less treatment too...
 
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Hover on colored shirts for 20+ seconds then press with paper. Direct press on black tees...

I've actually notice the stain starting immediately after pretreating. ( mainly on gray tees) Tried handheld spray bottle with less treatment too...
yeah ive tried many different pre treats all seem to stain some less than others, best thing that worked for me was add more water and shake well every time you pre treat because i think the pre treatment has particles that settle just a guess not 100% but so far no stains... knock on wood
 
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Default Re: Amazing prints using Image Armor

Has anyone tried this Image Armour using a Brother Gt-782 or Gt-382 on dark shirts?
 
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Default Re: Amazing prints using Image Armor

We have tried and the pretreat is not compatible with the brother inks. However, we've used it on 100% white polyester drifit shirts and Image Armor is amazing. Colors are very saturated and wash testing so far shows very little if any fading. I have pretreated sport tek, cool dry and even high end nike golf polos with great success.
 
Old January 15th, 2014 Jan 15, 2014 5:57:04 AM -   #14 (permalink)
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Default Re: Amazing prints using Image Armor

Ken,

Thanks for stopping by. I'm glad that you enjoyed your visit and found something to "breathe new life" into you business. It was my pleasure and is always fun to see people's reactions like yours.... have fun.

Carolina Cuts... What shirts are you pretreating where you are getting "stains"? Here's the skinny on a LOT of that and what causes it. We recommend the DARK on mid-dark colors to black and the LIGHT formula for mid-light colors to WHITE. If the shirt is "staining" or burning, it is chemicals in the shirt reacting with the pretreatment. Diluting with water may help, but will affect washability and white optical brightness. The problem is many shirts are poorly manufactured with poor water quality and chemicals used in the manufacturing process. I'm really surprised you got it with the light formula (also - make sure you only cure at 330F). The LIGHT formula I have never seen it. The DARK on lighter shirts can react with UV light eventually causing a "stain" (again - dependent upon shirt manufacturing) but have never seen it with IA LIGHT.

Anyhow, Ken - I was rather impressed with the bright green and pink polyesters you brought down. I'm really glad you are getting that type of results with your prints. Have fun!
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Default Re: Amazing prints using Image Armor

Gildan 5.3 oz... 100% cotton.
I get great results on black tees...
But the dark charcoal gray tees get a pinkish color immediately after treating...The color remains there after hovering and curing. I posted a pic in another thread here.
 






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