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Old July 4th, 2008 Jul 4, 2008 6:09:11 AM -   #1 (permalink)
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Default DTG non-textile pre-treatment

I just bought a DTG Kiosk. I've been experimenting with printing non-textile items. My question is on the pre-treatment. What exactly is that liquid, and does anybody have a good alternative that is more cost effective. Possibly something that can be bought at a local hardware store or something?

Any tips would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!
 
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Default Re: DTG non-textile pre-treatment

Dave,

Some people have used things like Killz (primer for painting walls from Home Depot or Lowes) to pretreat some things like canvas and skateboards. Usually, they are not clear though. I believe another product is called Ink Aid or something similar that was mentioned on Digital and Screen Printing University On-Line Forums for Digital Garment Printing, Screen Printing, Embroidery, and more.. They key is you need what is called an Inkjet Receptive Coating (IRC) that will allow the ink to bond with it.

If you do decide to go with another product that is not made specifically for your inks, then you are going to have to do a lot of testing to see what works best. Not all of this stuff can be applied with the Power Wagner sprayer. You might have to roll or brush the product on.

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