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ENTRY #1 - 2012 DTG Battle Royale - Photos and Rating

 
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Old November 19th, 2012 Nov 19, 2012 10:28:36 AM -   #1 (permalink)
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Default ENTRY #1 - 2012 DTG Battle Royale - Photos and Rating

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: 10

SOH: 9

PA: 9

Total Before Wash: 37


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 and fades in the back design? How well were the color variations handled?
  • 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
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Old November 28th, 2012 Nov 28, 2012 10:53:01 AM -   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: ENTRY #1 - 2012 DTG Battle Royale - Photos and Rating

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 November 28th, 2012 Nov 28, 2012 11:27:00 AM -   #3 (permalink)
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Default Re: ENTRY #1 - 2012 DTG Battle Royale - Photos and Rating

Hahaha ... crap, I was right ... too much PT!

I've reduced the PT on subsequent shirts, so I had a feeling there was a chance of this happening on the contest shirt.

Oh well, only wasted one shirt and a little bit of ink.

Maybe next year.

NeoFlex still rocks and so do the Phoenix DTG shirts!

Everybody else just got a boost up in the rankings.
 
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Old November 28th, 2012 Nov 28, 2012 12:43:06 PM -   #4 (permalink)
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you have cured it to hot thats the problem we have the same
 
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Default Re: ENTRY #1 - 2012 DTG Battle Royale - Photos and Rating

The initial prints look amazing. Seems like you got a nice set up there with the Viper One and a Hotronix Fusion.

I think that is every DTG printer worst fear is that the prints come out great but dont hold up in the wash.

We still use the hand sprayer in our shop because thats the way we have been doing it for years and we se the issue a lot of people are having getting the Viper One settings just right. We would love to have a Viper One in our shop we just want to make sure when we get one we know exactly how to set the thing up right.

Did you find the correct settings for the Viper One??
 
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Default Re: ENTRY #1 - 2012 DTG Battle Royale - Photos and Rating

John, awesome sportsmanship and good on you for entering the contest. It's a great learning experience, not just for you but also those on the sidelines. Once again hats off to you for entering.
 
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Default Re: ENTRY #1 - 2012 DTG Battle Royale - Photos and Rating

Haha ... thanks guys!

It's all good ... no harm done.

I actually had a feeling that this might happen. I rolled the dice by using a shirt I hadn't tested yet. It's an AWESOME shirt, I just laid down too much PT on the contest shirt. I've dialed it in since then, so I didn't lose any customers ... just the contest. lol.

Life is too short to let things get you down.

Tomorrow is another day!
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Default Re: ENTRY #1 - 2012 DTG Battle Royale - Photos and Rating

Photos after 3rd and final wash test:

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

On the 3rd wash was the same as first and second washes

Most of the DTG printed t-shirts held up pretty well in the wash tests. There were a couple of exceptions, but overall it was good to see again how well the colors and brightness stayed throughout the 3 washes.

Washability: 5

Total rating points: 42
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