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[DTG Kiosk 2] Pretreatment Tips

 
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Old March 25th, 2009 Mar 25, 2009 4:49:44 PM -   #16 (permalink)
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I use a china bristle paint brush. I found that the foam rollers tend to leave little particles of foam, and don't matt down the fibers well. The brush works much better for me, brushing the fibers straight down.
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I hate to question anything you say because you are such a font of knowledge and always willing to share but I just cringe at the thought of using a china bristle brush for this application. Let me explain... In a previous life (about 3 lifes ago) I was a painter (the house kind, not the pretty little design kind). Painters use nylon bristle brushes for water based paints and china bristle for oil or other solvent based paints. I just can't use china bristle for this, I use a nylon brush and it works fine. (One note though, as an expainter I don't buy cheap brushes. You get what you pay for when you pay less than $15 for a brush.)

So, that long winded tirade was just to say that a good nylon brush works well.

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Old March 25th, 2009 Mar 25, 2009 6:55:43 PM -   #17 (permalink)
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Thats ok Brian no worries, we all have our own methods. The reason I use the china bristle is that it seems to me to brush the pretreatment better. I think because the pretreat is kind of starchy/sticky. Really it only matters what works best for each of us. We all have to find the perfect method that works for us, and this is what I have used for ever. I tried many different brushes and rollers before finally finding that is what works best for me
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Old March 27th, 2009 Mar 27, 2009 11:45:48 AM -   #18 (permalink)
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I don't know if anyone else does this, but I've found that hovering the heat press over the shirt with no actual pressure on the shirt until the pretreatment dries gives awesome results. I've been using SunnyDayz's method of distilled water first, then pretreatment, then brush, then hover dry. It leaves nothing on the shirt, and the wash tests I've done come out great.
 
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Good to hear you have come up with a method that works well. Thats half the battle in learning the dtg To me pretreatment is one of the most important things to learn well. Once you have that, your well on your way to printing great shirts and other things of course hehe.
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Good to hear you have come up with a method that works well. Thats half the battle in learning the dtg To me pretreatment is one of the most important things to learn well. Once you have that, your well on your way to printing great shirts and other things of course hehe.
Well, you have been an amazing help Sunny. And many others too. I've been printing for about a week now, and today and yesterday, I did about 30 shirts each day, black and white, and had no messups. My first day, I ruined about 15 shirts. I finally feel like I got this thing down thanks to the great people on this board. Thanks a ton all.
 






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