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

 
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Old November 20th, 2012 Nov 20, 2012 12:40:06 PM -   #1 (permalink)
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Default ENTRY #16 - 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: 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
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Old November 28th, 2012 Nov 28, 2012 10:21:58 AM -   #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 December 3rd, 2012 Dec 3, 2012 7:24:57 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 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)
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Old December 3rd, 2012 Dec 3, 2012 7:27:48 PM -   #4 (permalink)
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Default Re: ENTRY #16 - 2012 DTG Battle Royale - Photos and Rating

Congrats, Glupo!!! Great job! You represent the NeoFamily with excellence.
 
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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!
 
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Thank you guys. Your a good luck charm lol. Good job on 2nd place
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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.
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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.
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Thank you spider, the last key to your puzzle is a great artist , if you have all those your unstoppable. Instill looking for artist.
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Old December 4th, 2012 Dec 4, 2012 6:33:18 AM -   #10 (permalink)
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Nice job Glupo.
I´m going to work harder to print like you
congrats,
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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.
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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!)
 
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Kudos! Those look awesome. I love the CMYK fish and the three dimensionality of the print - that kicks butt!
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Congrats, well deserved win!
 
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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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