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[Inks for DTG Printing] what ink can i use for wood printing

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Old September 29th, 2019 Sep 29, 2019 8:20:35 AM -   #1 (permalink)
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I am thinking of getting a dtg printer to use on wood,canvas and ceramics and to make puzzles on card the printers i have looked at say they use textile ink but i wondered can i use inkjet ink instead as its alot cheaper ink and i will not be using on clothes etc ,if i can do i need to do anything special to use the ink or would i just load it as if it was textile ink
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Hi Nic,

Hope you doing fine.
I suggest you have a look in a printer doing this job before anything. Or, at least, try to find some more info about it, some videos on internet can do the trick as well. Its possible but its not that simple.

I did some tests on wood for floors. But I had to use a special ink from Staedler. Worked fine!
Canvas 100% cotton is easy.
Ceramics... how do you gonna cure the inks afterwards?

Depending on the final use of it, you will need to use a special coating to keep the inks in place.

I don't wanna be the messenger of bad news, just trying to help here! And my comments are based on my experience only. I hope you can make it!
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Nic I forgot something...

Again, this is a suggestion based in my experience with industrial DTG printers:

Whenever you will change the type of the ink in a printer, you must flush the machine. And preferably, use one set of printheads for each type of ink. You can keep the other set with cleaner fluid inside. Consult with your printer manufacturer about storage conditions and maximum idle time, before doing anything.

When that is not possible, you have to flush the printheads. The idea is not the mix the inks in the system or in the printheads.

But again, check with the printer manufacturer for instructions on how to do these procedures. DTG printers manufacturers differ largely on their maintenance methods.
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Thank you for the reply I will be looking for videos on how to use etc as I want to use more as a small home business rather than a commercial business for now and obviously don't want to buy something unsuitable or not what I need .I do have a heat press and had thought about laser transfer paper to then heat press on to the wood etc but was thinking in the long run the dtg printer may be best .Maybe I need to start with transfer paper then progress to machine when I have tested the market and had time to read up on the dtg printers
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Nic I forgot something...

Again, this is a suggestion based in my experience with industrial DTG printers:

Whenever you will change the type of the ink in a printer, you must flush the machine. And preferably, use one set of printheads for each type of ink. You can keep the other set with cleaner fluid inside. Consult with your printer manufacturer about storage conditions and maximum idle time, before doing anything.

When that is not possible, you have to flush the printheads. The idea is not the mix the inks in the system or in the printheads.

But again, check with the printer manufacturer for instructions on how to do these procedures. DTG printers manufacturers differ largely on their maintenance methods.
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You are better off with laser transfers.
I have done wood transfers and had customers who did it in production as well.
There are many ways to do it so it mainly depends on the effect look you want and the type of prints you are making.
You can print on Dark walnuts in color for a opaque look or you can make your designs look nostalgic.
You don,t need to spend a lot of money like a DTG.
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