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Entry #2 - DTG Battle Royale - Photos and Rating

 
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Old May 2nd, 2011 May 2, 2011 2:37:23 PM -   #1 (permalink)
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Each entry will be given 10 points each for the 5 different rating factors (for a total 50 points max):

First Impressions - is the print "display ready" without pretreat stains and heat press squares

Sharpness of Detail in the print

Softness of Hand on the print

Print accuracy - (registration, trapping, no banding, even ink distribution)

Washability - how does the print hold up after the initial wash?


This post covers the first 4 factors with photos. The wash tests will be done over the next few days.

FI: 9

SOD: 9

SOH: 9

PA: 8

Total Before Wash: 35


Some things I looked for specifically in each entry:
  • My initial reaction of pulling the t-shirt out of the box. Was I wowed or dissappointed right off the bat?
  • How well the white underbase was trapped on the front print? Are there any white ink highlights peeking through (there shouldn't be any)
  • Evidence of pretreatment? Could I tell right off where the pretreat "square" was? Most entries actually did pretty well at this
  • Ink coverage on the back print. Lots more solid color areas on the back. Were the colors smooth or splotchy looking?
  • Color fades in the gold belt design? How well were the color variations handled?
  • The tricky mini 5? One of the trickiest areas of the back design was the small version of the 5 design from the front image. How well did the entrant handle blending it into the back print's design?
  • How did the print feel overall? Could I tell where the t-shirt stopped and the ink of the design started? Did the print feel heavy or barely noticeable
  • Overall how the DTG front print compared to the screen printed front print (last 2 photos)
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Old May 12th, 2011 May 12, 2011 5:15:02 PM -   #2 (permalink)
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Photos after one wash:

Nothing special was done to the wash settings.

I just left the settings on whatever they were already on from the last load of normal laundry: regular cycle (slow/fast), cold water, Tide laundry detergent the t-shirts were not turned inside out. Dried in the dryer on normal (medium high) heat.
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Old May 19th, 2011 May 19, 2011 4:30:56 PM -   #3 (permalink)
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Photos after 3rd and final wash test:

On the 2nd wash I washed all the t-shirts in warm water and dried on normal (medium high) heat.

On the 3rd wash my wife turned the temperature dial back to cold and I dried it on normal (medium high) heat.

To be honest, most of the DTG printed t-shirts held up very well in the wash tests. There were a couple of exceptions, but overall I was actually surprised at how well the colors and brightness stayed throughout the 3 washes.
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Washability: 9

Total rating points: 44
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Old May 22nd, 2011 May 22, 2011 8:33:48 AM -   #5 (permalink)
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We'll take that score! Woo hoo!
 
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We'll take that score! Woo hoo!
Mandy, actually you are the Champion too. Justin Walker has been in this industry for longest time but you are faily new and win 2nd place is unbelievable!!!! And you had big guts to apply while 10000's of DTG owners did not because of with so many excuses.
Fast learner Champion!
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Only Lady who applied and beat all the guys except Justin W.
You are Champion in my eyes as same as Justin W.
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Yes, congratulations Mandy! If you're anything like me, these kinds of things motivate us and rekindle our desire to pursue great things in the DTG world; this is just the start for you!

Looking forward to seeing how your business develops; you obviously have a knack for it!
 






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