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Rodney November 20th, 2012 12:40 PM

ENTRY #16 - 2012 DTG Battle Royale - Photos and Rating
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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: 10

SOD: 10

SOH: 9

PA: 9

Total Before Wash: 38

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

Rodney November 28th, 2012 10:21 AM

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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.

Rodney December 3rd, 2012 07:24 PM

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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: 10

Total rating points: 48
(PS. This print was pretty darn amazing! I almost want to say it got even better after the last wash)

23spiderman December 3rd, 2012 07:27 PM

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Congrats, Glupo!!! Great job! You represent the NeoFamily with excellence.

Stripes1 December 3rd, 2012 07:30 PM

Nicely done. Now you can message me your secrets! Congrats, great print! You going to AC show next year? Two years ago we met Justin walker and he won the belt that year. We met you at AC last year and you took the belt this time. Maybe we are good luck for the DTG battle royale!

g.lupo December 4th, 2012 04:58 AM

Thank you guys. Your a good luck charm lol. Good job on 2nd place

spiderx1 December 4th, 2012 05:18 AM

Awesome job!!! Congrats.
Shows that when you have the best printer, best software, best support and then combine that with a great operator that has taken the time to learn their craft you can produce an great product. Having met you personally I am not surprised. Congrats again.

spiderx1 December 4th, 2012 05:22 AM

For all the Neoflex operators.
Taking a NeoFlex into the battle is like a Seal Team taking sniper rifles to the local turkey shoot!!!
Congrats to all great printing.

g.lupo December 4th, 2012 05:44 AM

Thank you spider, the last key to your puzzle is a great artist , if you have all those your unstoppable. Instill looking for artist.

JuanManuel December 4th, 2012 06:33 AM

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Nice job Glupo.
Im going to work harder to print like you

spiderx1 December 4th, 2012 08:57 AM

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You are correct. Great art work is a must. A great artist is invaluable. But hard to find.
I wish I wasn't so art challenged.

Stripes1 December 4th, 2012 09:00 AM

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Jeff McGurren seems to have a talent for artwork, Im sure if you hit him up he would like to work with some other NeoFlex owners in need of a good artist. (Jeff, sorry to throw you out there like that, but you work seems legit!)

Brian Walker December 4th, 2012 10:51 AM

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Kudos! Those look awesome. I love the CMYK fish and the three dimensionality of the print - that kicks butt!

JeridHill December 4th, 2012 06:54 PM

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Congrats, well deserved win!

allamerican-aeoon December 5th, 2012 04:08 AM

Re: ENTRY #16 - 2012 DTG Battle Royale - Photos and Rating

Originally Posted by JeridHill (Post 1206287)
Congrats, well deserved win!

Scholar and gentleman you are. Only competitor who congrat to Champ.
I do will same in future. I want to say thanks on behalf of Glupo.
Also want to thank you & BQ for not try to interfere our own path anymore in these days. I hope we can keep this way for long.:) Peace!
#15 looks great too :)
Cheers! Beers are on me always.

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