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Old October 27th, 2014 Oct 27, 2014 11:20:15 PM -   #31 (permalink)
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I had a call from the place that sold me the printer as they saw this thread and my issues in regards to colour matching rgb vs cmyk. Lots of information to test out but I now use rgb where I can. Still don't get it but will go along with it.

Suggestions to why I see a slight gloss to the shirt in a square shape were that I was pressing too hot for my cheap tee's. Well ok, so I've turned down the temp from 204C to 180C as suggested and I've made the pressure as light as I can while just adding what I can only guess is enough pressure.

Well now the colours are VERY light, the print looks like I've washed the tee about 1000 times. I did manage to lessen the lines on the press but the tees still aren't good enough to sell.

This is seriously doing my head in. It can't be that difficult surely.
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Old November 30th, 2014 Nov 30, 2014 7:10:42 PM -   #32 (permalink)
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I've pressed a few tee's today for tests using Gildan Performance Tee's.

Heat press set to a fairly light pressure.
Temperature set to 190C
Press time at 40sec

I ripped the edges of the paper, once pressed I rubbed where the light press lines were and pressed again for 4sec and there are no signs of press lines.

There doesn't appear to be a shine left on the white tee but a grey tee I did with the same settings does still have a shine to it

Second attempt at a white tee with a larger design and it appears ok

So far with my setup I've come to the conclusion that only white Gildan tee's will be possible to sublimate with an acceptable outcome. I was really hoping for coloured tee's.

If anyone has any better results in regards to the shine I would love to hear from you.
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I've pressed a few tee's today for tests using Gildan Performance Tee's.

Heat press set to a fairly light pressure.
Temperature set to 190C
Press time at 40sec

I ripped the edges of the paper, once pressed I rubbed where the light press lines were and pressed again for 4sec and there are no signs of press lines.

There doesn't appear to be a shine left on the white tee but a grey tee I did with the same settings does still have a shine to it

Second attempt at a white tee with a larger design and it appears ok

So far with my setup I've come to the conclusion that only white Gildan tee's will be possible to sublimate with an acceptable outcome. I was really hoping for coloured tee's.

If anyone has any better results in regards to the shine I would love to hear from you.
I'm just getting started with dye sub too, so this has been a great thread for me! Thank you all for the great info.

I went to a local seminar on dye sub with a small expo involved and one of the shirt distributors there told us about a great poly shirt that feels exactly like cotton. I haven't yet tried the shirts, but he indicated they would work. It's called X-Temp and they are made by Hanes. He passed one around and the feel was fantastic. I mention them because they come in many colors, including really bright ones. Here is a link to the Hanes site where you can see all the colors: Hanes X-Temp
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The Hanes X-Temp may be worth a try. I noticed they are classed as underwear. Did they look like they'd be ok for an everyday t-shirt?
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The Hanes X-Temp may be worth a try. I noticed they are classed as underwear. Did they look like they'd be ok for an everyday t-shirt?
I know they do offer underwear, but they also have regular t-shirts that are for regular wear. The ones they had at the show were lovely and had a really soft feel to them. I was amazed they weren't 100% cotton.
Oh, wait! When they showed these at the trade show the guy showing them said they were 100% poly, but I just looked them up on my distributor's website and apparently they are a blend (with more cotton than poly) and so I don't think they will work with sublimation very well. Darn it!
Nevermind... I should have looked for the specs before I mentioned it instead of just believing what the tradeshow guy said. (Weird that he mentioned them at all, since it was a sublimation show!) Sorry.
 






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