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[DTG Pretreatment] Drying after Pre-treat

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Old June 14th, 2013 Jun 14, 2013 10:11:25 AM -   #16 (permalink)
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I pretreat, heat press and print, no drying at all and have never had a problem.
 
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Old June 16th, 2013 Jun 16, 2013 7:15:06 PM -   #17 (permalink)
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I pretreat, heat press and print, no drying at all and have never had a problem.

For maximum production output, I think the majority of direct to garment users use this method.

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Old June 16th, 2013 Jun 16, 2013 9:58:50 PM -   #18 (permalink)
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Always keep in mind that you can pretreat garments right before you print, or an hour before, a day before, a week before, or a month before.


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We had a couple is shirts that sat for 4 years after pretreatment and they printed perfect
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Old June 17th, 2013 Jun 17, 2013 3:39:38 AM -   #19 (permalink)
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We had a couple is shirts that sat for 4 years after pretreatment and they printed perfect

You may hold the record on that. We've had many pretreated shirt that sat in our trade show display crates for 3 months and printed with no problem. I would imagine most people would use any pretreated shirts within a month or so and not have it tied up in inventory sitting on a shelf.


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Old June 17th, 2013 Jun 17, 2013 6:45:40 AM -   #20 (permalink)
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We had a couple is shirts that sat for 4 years after pretreatment and they printed perfect
That beats my record by a bunch. I have had shirts that are pretreated as part of a shelf life test for over a year now. 4 years is an awesome shelf life.
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Default Re: Drying after Pre-treat

I really need to switch to a pretreating day. How did you store your pretreated garments? Just a simple fold, stack and toss in a bin or crate?

I figure the added efficiency of pretreating 300 garments in a day and having them ready would offset any storage costs pretty quickly. We have a lot of walk-ins who want a shirt in 20 minutes or less (at twice the price, naturally), and I hate pretreating.
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It is very important to remember to heat press any previously pretreated garments before you print them.

You do want to make sure the fibers are flattened.

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No matter what printer, shirt, pretreat method, or drying method you use, heat pressing the shirt right before you print will help you achieve a much better print.
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Old June 17th, 2013 Jun 17, 2013 7:35:18 AM -   #23 (permalink)
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As soon as the shirts are dry we fold them in batches of 12 by size, and put them in boxes. As part of a shelf life test I have had shirts in boxes ready for use for over a year. I read a post earlier today and someone has used shirts they pretreated up to 4 years ago. We pull a shirt that has been pretreated in advance and stored, we heat press it to flatten fibers and remove any moisture from humidity and we are good to go.
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As soon as the shirts are dry we fold them in batches of 12 by size, and put them in boxes. As part of a shelf life test I have had shirts in boxes ready for use for over a year. I read a post earlier today and someone has used shirts they pretreated up to 4 years ago. We pull a shirt that has been pretreated in advance and stored, we heat press it to flatten fibers and remove any moisture from humidity and we are good to go.


Quite true. Any shirt that was pretreated earlier should be heat pressed for a few seconds before printing.


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You may hold the record on that. We've had many pretreated shirt that sat in our trade show display crates for 3 months and printed with no problem. I would imagine most people would use any pretreated shirts within a month or so and not have it tied up in inventory sitting on a shelf.


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We did the pretreat for a design someone wanted and they backed out. The shirts sat around forgotten until we moved and found them. One day someone ordered that size for a dtg shirt and it worked.
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Default Re: Drying after Pre-treat

Great info guys thanks. How should I go about pre-treating both sides of the shirt?
 
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Default Re: Drying after Pre-treat

When I need a shirt other than black, we pretreat one side, make sure its completly dry, then press and pretreat the other side. When both sides are dry we put it back on the press then print. When you print on the front and then heat press you will push some of the moisture into the back of the shirt. When you press the back prior to printing you may need to pre press just a little longer to remove the excess moisture and flatten fibers.
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When I need a shirt other than black, we pretreat one side, make sure its completly dry, then press and pretreat the other side. When both sides are dry we put it back on the press then print. When you print on the front and then heat press you will push some of the moisture into the back of the shirt. When you press the back prior to printing you may need to pre press just a little longer to remove the excess moisture and flatten fibers.
Thanks for the info. Then what do you do if the shirt is black?
 
Old July 2nd, 2013 Jul 2, 2013 11:30:46 AM -   #29 (permalink)
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Default Re: Drying after Pre-treat

If the shirt is black, try the DTG Ready shirts. They are fully treated all over the garment, inside and out and come ready to go out of the box.

All you do is pull one out, press to flatten and print.

We've used these at shows, during trainings, etc and have recieved great feedback from customers that have tried them.

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Old July 2nd, 2013 Jul 2, 2013 3:00:40 PM -   #30 (permalink)
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If the shirt is black, try the DTG Ready shirts. They are fully treated all over the garment, inside and out and come ready to go out of the box.

All you do is pull one out, press to flatten and print.

We've used these at shows, during trainings, etc and have recieved great feedback from customers that have tried them.

www.dtgready.com

Hope this helps
I would but shipping and duty will make it to expensive for me.
 






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