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[Pictures of DTG Printed Garments] Ink Fading After Wash

 
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Old February 16th, 2019 Feb 16, 2019 1:08:12 PM -   #1 (permalink)
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Default Ink Fading After Wash

I know this topic has been talked about before and I have researched and tried different things, but no luck.

My issue is that after making a DTG shirt the color fades after being washed.

Here's a link to an image of one of my shirts after it was washed
https://ibb.co/5MdGTgV

So here's the info:

Printer: Brother GT-341 DTG Printer
Ink: Brother
Heat Press: Stahl's Hotronix
Heat Press Temp: 360-400 for 40 seconds
Pressure: Medium
Paper: Teflon
Shirt Brand: Bella Canva
Material: Cotton
Pretreat: No

I only use black ink and the color of the shirts range from dark grey, white, pink, blue, and military green.

Please help I cant figure out what I'm doing wrong.

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Old February 16th, 2019 Feb 16, 2019 2:37:50 PM -   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Ink Fading After Wash

dtg prints do fade. Where is your before picture?


Did you use a pretreat?


Was this washed inside out?
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Old February 18th, 2019 Feb 18, 2019 11:01:32 AM -   #3 (permalink)
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Default Re: Ink Fading After Wash

This is my after picture. The before picture is solid black.

I dont use pretreat. It wasnt washed inside out.

I know that the ink does fade, but that dramatically? And only after one wash?
 
 
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Default Re: Ink Fading After Wash

With no pretreat, this will just about always happen. Try a light garment pretreat (meant for CMYK inks) or pretreat and put a white underbase down.
 
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Default Re: Ink Fading After Wash

I was really trying to avoid the pretreat. I was researching and I saw a lot of pages saying that it isn't needed with 100% cotton garments... but i guess not
 
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Default Re: Ink Fading After Wash

I always use light pretreat on light or white garments. The prints still eventually fade, but not for a long time. I have even bleached my test washes to see how well they hold up to that. I've had great success with this using dupont inks.
 
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Default Re: Ink Fading After Wash

The Image Armor for light shirts (CMYK) works great. I use it if I'm printing black ink on say a red shirt (or white, sports gray, anything with black ink.) If you're not doing a lot you could always use a small spray bottle to spray it on, it is much more forgiving than PT needed for white ink.
 
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Default Re: Ink Fading After Wash

I would suggest pretreating all your light garments, colors come brighter, and last longer threw washes.
 






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