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Old September 9th, 2014 Sep 9, 2014 5:38:37 PM -   #1 (permalink)
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Question Which dye sub t-shirt do you recommend?

I'm just starting to play around with dye sublimation printing for a bunch of things with t-shirts being high on my priority.

So far I've ordered poly tees from JB's Wear and the tee's are fine but not what I'm after, they are sporty, moisture wicking style tees. I'm after a more "normal" cotton looking, smooth tee. Also I'd like colour options.

I've found a Vapor Apparel supplier in Australia but I'm looking at nearly $10.00 a tee, I'm used to paying something like $3 - $5 for tee's from other suppliers cotton and poly.

Are there any other options other than Vapor? I have looked at a couple of other suppliers but I'm unsure of their texture and they only supply white.

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Old September 9th, 2014 Sep 9, 2014 6:58:03 PM -   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Which dye sub t-shirt do you recommend?

Try the Gildan Performance Tee, they dont feel like poly and i've seen some great results on them, and they have colours also.
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Default Re: Which dye sub t-shirt do you recommend?

How will you dye sublimate coloured shirts?
We have been using the Quoz Prize tee. It may be too sporty for you though.
 
 
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Default Re: Which dye sub t-shirt do you recommend?

Thanks for the replies.

I've looked at the Gildan tee's online and thought they'd be the same as the JB's / Podium tee's I ordered. I might try a Gildan tee out next order.

I haven't heard of the Quoz Prize brand before, I'll definitely have a look at those tees.

With coloured tee's I was only going to try designs that will (may) work on colour e.g. dark designs on a light coloured tee. I know the tee colour will make the print look different but wanted to see how far I can push the boundaries.
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Default Re: Which dye sub t-shirt do you recommend?

I have both here, the Quoz Prize Tees and Singlets definitely have that Polyester feel and look. The Gildan you would think its cotton if no one told you it was poly.
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Default Re: Which dye sub t-shirt do you recommend?

Ohhh no way, I've put off getting the Gildan tee's a few times now I should have just grabbed a few.

Very good feedback Matthew, thanks. I'll definitely give the Gildan's a go next order.

I thought there had to be another option.
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Default Re: Which dye sub t-shirt do you recommend?

I've just ordered a few of the Gildan Performance tees on the strength of this post! Very new to sublimation and have only printed a few coasters for practice so far!...What temp/ time/ pressure settings would you recommend for the Gildan Performance tees?...
 
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Default Re: Which dye sub t-shirt do you recommend?

I'd love to see your results Glen.

I've printed one shirt, that is my first ever dye sub print so I still don't really know what I'm doing.

I have a cheat sheet that came with my TexPrint-R paper and the print came out looking great. I used a Podium Tee with the following settings.

Suggested Temp 204ºC Time 45-55sec Pressure Light-Medium
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Default Re: Which dye sub t-shirt do you recommend?

Thanks for the info Bjorn. I'll probably put some pics on here once I've printed a couple...thanks again
 
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Default Re: Which dye sub t-shirt do you recommend?

Hey Glen,

Just wondering if you tested out any of the Gildan Performance Tee's?

I'm going to be ordering soon so will grab a bunch of them if they're ok but don't really want them in stock if they're not so good.

Love to see a close up photo
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Default Re: Which dye sub t-shirt do you recommend?

Hi Bjorn.

The feel of the tees is fantastic. They really do feel like cotton and are really comfortable to wear. Unfortunately, I can't really upload the photos as they were done for a local charity, and the rules of the forum state no advertising. They were only 1 colour designs, but did come out really well. One strange thing which did happen was that I had lots of small blue specks on the back after pressing. After researching this, it looks like these are small fibres which I should have used a lint roller to remove first...strange how they go blue?!

The only reservation I have with the white tees is that you can see the Gildan logo through the back of the tee on the neck. Kinda puts me off buying the white ones again due to this. Am currently looking for sublimation tees available in the UK available in a few different colours, no neck tag, at a reasonable price. Hopefully someone reading this will have more info on this?...

Anyway, I've yet to try the coloured ones I bought, but the Gildan print doesn't show through on these. I've attached a pic of the white tee to show what I mean about the Gildan print showing through on the neck.

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Default Re: Which dye sub t-shirt do you recommend?

Thanks Glen,

I reckon I'll grab a few of these in a couple of colours and test them out. It sounds like they're ok.

Judging by the photo I think I might also be looking for another option like you are, the Gildan logo showing through isn't very professional, I'm not sure how they can let that slide.

I can foresee I'm going to have to bite the bullet and order some Vapor Apparel tees, they're about triple the price though
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Default Re: Which dye sub t-shirt do you recommend?

If you do buy some Bjorn, please could you put some photos of the results on here? I'll hopefully experiment with the coloured ones I have next week
 
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Default Re: Which dye sub t-shirt do you recommend?

Hey Glen, I ordered a few different colours to try out but before I print I was just wondering how you get around the dye sub paper press line issue or do you not even have this issue?

I also noticed I get a shiny finish left behind from the heat press
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Default Re: Which dye sub t-shirt do you recommend?

Hi Bjorn. I used a teflon pillow onset the tshirt and it seemed to work. I've still not tried any of the coloured ones yet. There's loads of differing advice on the forums regarding this problem...this is a helpful one:

https://www.t-shirtforums.com/showthread.php?t=383978

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