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New Brother DTG user...problem with design "smudging" or "skid marks"...??

 
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Old July 29th, 2008 Jul 29, 2008 7:54:19 PM -   #1 (permalink)
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Default New Brother DTG user...problem with design "smudging" or "skid marks"...??

Just got a Brother GT541 which I love, BUT....On a few occasions now the shirt gets a "smudge " mark or a small "skid mark" in various places..(see photo example)...I have the platen at it's highest height, to get the best quality result....that shouldn't be causing this, should it?
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Old July 29th, 2008 Jul 29, 2008 7:56:22 PM -   #2 (permalink)
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As you can see in the above picture, there is a tiny black "skid mark" looking thing on the collar...what is causing these smudges? I have already ruined 8 to 10 shirts...
 
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Default Re: New Brother DTG user...problem with design "smudging" or "skid marks"...??

It certainly looks like the print head is hitting the highest points of the collar. Either lower the platen or fold the entire collar and top of shirt down over the edge of the platen so it hangs off like the rest of the shirt. Good luck.
 
 
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Default Re: New Brother DTG user...problem with design "smudging" or "skid marks"...??

You need to try to get the collar over the edge of the platen so it is not sticking up. If you have the printhead to high and the collar is higher then the print area, it will rub on the collar because its raised higher. Can you get the collor over the edge of the platen? Maybe just move the graphic up a little and the shirt up a little?
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Default Re: New Brother DTG user...problem with design "smudging" or "skid marks"...??

BobbieLee is right, I have a Brother and I always pull the collar off the platen, the printhead hits the highest point, if you don't want to pull the shirt up you need to move the platen down to B instead of A. Are you printing from Corel?
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Default Re: New Brother DTG user...problem with design "smudging" or "skid marks"...??

That is my suggestion as well, we have a brother also but it looks like the printhead is hitting (not a good thing) lower the platen or move the shirt collar
 
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Default Re: New Brother DTG user...problem with design "smudging" or "skid marks"...??

Without a doubt you are hitting the collar with the print heads. I've had a GT-541 for a year now and every once in while a t-shirt will get smudged if we don't take care when setting up. From the picture i see that you are printing up high on the shirt. My trick for applications like this is a cardboard piece taped to the platten with a half moon cut out at the top. this allows for the collar to lay lower the the rest of the tee shirt and then set the platten to optimum height. This should solve your dilema and give you an idea on how to print on difficult items( hint...mouse pads cut in various shapes are the best)
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Default Re: New Brother DTG user...problem with design "smudging" or "skid marks"...??

yes to what everyone else has said.

First lower your platen....
then if you need to get that close to the edge of the collar, pre-press your shirt collar nice and flat, then put a bit of sticky masking tape over the collar press it flat.(make sure the tape is laying flat, even the end bits) Any bumping of the print heads on the collar will hit the masking tape and leave ink there instead of the shirt.
 
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Default Re: New Brother DTG user...problem with design "smudging" or "skid marks"...??

dont put the colar on the platen
 






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