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Old March 25th, 2009 Mar 25, 2009 6:24:18 PM -   #1 (permalink)
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I was wondering what everyone is using to cure the ink into the t-shirts.

I am currently doing for white is

340 degrees for
1 min let cool then another 1 min for a total of 2 minutes

For blacks
1:30 cool and then another 1:30 for a total of 3 minutes..

What is everyone else doing?
 
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Old March 25th, 2009 Mar 25, 2009 6:44:14 PM -   #2 (permalink)
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I use 330 degrees. On whites I cure for 90 seconds and darks for 180 seconds
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Bobbie is giving you the proper recommendations. All the DTG printers are using DuPont white ink and that is what DuPont recommends for any shirts printed with white ink: 330 degrees for 150 to 180 seconds. For garments printed with just CMYK colors the recommended DuPont setting is 330 degrees for 90 seconds.

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For garments printed with just CMYK colors the recommended DuPont setting is 330 degrees for 90 seconds.
Negative ghostrider - the most recent recommendations for the inks you mention are 170c (338 F) for 3 minutes with white ink and 2 minutes w/o white ink. We have found that a 1 minute hover plus the 3 minutes on white ink prints gives the nicest finsished product. Splitting the times does help prevent scorching.
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Negative ghostrider - the most recent recommendations for the inks you mention are 170c (338 F) for 3 minutes with white ink and 2 minutes w/o white ink. We have found that a 1 minute hover plus the 3 minutes on white ink prints gives the nicest finsished product. Splitting the times does help prevent scorching.
Can all shirts be cured with a hover instead of press, as long as the time is right? I've found that pressure does not make the artwork look nice on whites or blacks.
 
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When using Dupont white ink, most people have found that some type of pressure is necessary to properly cure the white ink. The hover does help with keeping the colors from matting out.
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Negative ghostrider - the most recent recommendations for the inks you mention are 170c (338 F) for 3 minutes with white ink and 2 minutes w/o white ink. We have found that a 1 minute hover plus the 3 minutes on white ink prints gives the nicest finsished product. Splitting the times does help prevent scorching.

Jesus Don where did they come up with this from. Seems like they have copied what i have done for 2 years. LOL. I always do a 1 -2 min Hover and then 3 mins at light pressure. DAMM my secret is gone LOL
 
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Australia is a long way from the US, takes us a little while to catch on! With the new hover attachment for George Knight presses it has gotten a lot easier.
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Does anyone have a photo of this hoover attachment?
 
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You can contact George Knight about it (800-525-6766). It is part of the Auto-release package which sells for $295 for your DK16 or DK-20 heat press. If you already have the auto release you can purchase the hover attachment for a nominal amount.

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Don I understand I would like to see what this hoover attachment looks like! I have gone to Geoknoght website but they do not list or show this! Do you have a photo of this attachment and if so could you post it? TIA
 
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I do not have a picture. It is a replacement for the top magnet on your press' autorelease attachment. It is round and has a drop down magnet you control by a screw (for height of hover). When you press all the way down it simply moves up and the regular magnet holds. They cost something like $30-40.

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