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If you could print DTG to a polyester/synthetic shirt, which ones would you use?

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Old January 13th, 2014 Jan 13, 2014 9:37:52 AM -   #1 (permalink)
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Default If you could print DTG to a polyester/synthetic shirt, which ones would you use?

FIREBIRD Ink is interested in learning what polyester fabrics folks are attempting to print onto without success (ie. Gildan 50-50 Safety Orange).


It would be really helpful to know which kinds (brand, compositions, etc.) of shirts people have gotten requests for, so that R&D can be conducted to advance DTG Ink technology for more customizable apparel.
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Old January 13th, 2014 Jan 13, 2014 9:42:57 AM -   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: If you could print DTG to a polyester/synthetic shirt, which ones would you use?

Performance sport wear. So everything that is done with sublimation and then sewn together. There is a big market for this.
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Old January 13th, 2014 Jan 13, 2014 5:07:35 PM -   #3 (permalink)
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Default Re: If you could print DTG to a polyester/synthetic shirt, which ones would you use?

Poly blends. Especially tri blends and 50/50's from American Apparel, Next Level, Bella, and Alternative. All of these companies also have hoodies and sweatshirts in these fabrics. Would really love to be able to print on those without worry of wash fastness.
 
 
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Default Re: If you could print DTG to a polyester/synthetic shirt, which ones would you use?

FYI, triblends from AA already print and wash awesome.. Shouldnt have an issue with them. Real expensive though!
 
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Default Re: If you could print DTG to a polyester/synthetic shirt, which ones would you use?

We get a lot of requests to print on 100% poly wicking and compression shirts. Brands like Nike and Under armor. Currently we only use vinyl / stretch vinyl for these items (or sublimation if it is a white shirt).
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Default Re: If you could print DTG to a polyester/synthetic shirt, which ones would you use?

I recently spoke to someone using FB ink that was getting fantastic results on White and black New Balance 7000.
Any one else try these with DTG?
 
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Default Re: If you could print DTG to a polyester/synthetic shirt, which ones would you use?

50/50's are not that big of an issue depending on the brand. I have printed some amazing shirts on American Apparel 50/50.

We need white ink for 100% poly to be possible...that is the biggest hurdle it seems at the moment.

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Default Re: If you could print DTG to a polyester/synthetic shirt, which ones would you use?

We have a new product on the horizon and will include testing on dry-fit poly and 50/50's and other similar products and hopefully post results shortly.
The real key is to test in common environment conditions using standard heat press and parchment paper and not just perfect world scenarios with convection tunnel dryers.
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Default Re: If you could print DTG to a polyester/synthetic shirt, which ones would you use?

Relatively new to this, and looking to get into polyester performance wear due to customer demand. I know dtg has always struggled with white ink on poly, but has any advancement been made? We've been printing on 50/50s for a while and some tri-blends but more and more requests for dark polyester with moisture wicking and such. Is there any chance of this happening, or should I look into another process?
 
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Default Re: If you could print DTG to a polyester/synthetic shirt, which ones would you use?

The only way the we have found to print on darker garments that are 100%poly is to use poly pretreat and dtg-w pretreat. use the polly first. If you are only printing on a light 100% poly shirt just use poly tretreat first and it will not fade using DTG
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Default Re: If you could print DTG to a polyester/synthetic shirt, which ones would you use?

I was wondering if this topic had been updated at all. I am a newbie to DTG and was wondering the same as I have a client wanting printing done on multiple colors of 100% poly shirts for "fishing shirts" I just ordered the poly pretreat and I have the other pretreat as well. Any pointers of how to accomplish a great pretreat for this to stick?
 
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Default Re: If you could print DTG to a polyester/synthetic shirt, which ones would you use?

Will this work with the Epson F2000 inks?
 
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Default Re: If you could print DTG to a polyester/synthetic shirt, which ones would you use?

So is the Image Armor Light pretreatment specifically for polyester? Is it also compatible with the "other" companies inks for DTG. ie Epson, anajet etc? What is the process for pretreatment? I read somewhere that someone was pretreating with a poly pretreat and then after drying using a regular pretreat before printing. I know stuff has to have come a long way since some of these threads were running but I would definitely love to know more about other options of pretreatments. I am a newbie of course.
 
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Default Re: If you could print DTG to a polyester/synthetic shirt, which ones would you use?

We print with the Epson F2000 on Poly.
 
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Default Re: If you could print DTG to a polyester/synthetic shirt, which ones would you use?

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So is the Image Armor Light pretreatment specifically for polyester? Is it also compatible with the "other" companies inks for DTG. ie Epson, anajet etc? What is the process for pretreatment? I read somewhere that someone was pretreating with a poly pretreat and then after drying using a regular pretreat before printing. I know stuff has to have come a long way since some of these threads were running but I would definitely love to know more about other options of pretreatments. I am a newbie of course.

The Image Armor Light Pretreatment can be used for white ink prints on light color 100% and 50/50 garments. It also works great for 100% polyester white or light color shirts with CMYK prints.

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