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Old 1 Week Ago May 9, 2019 8:39:25 AM -   #1 (permalink)
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Question Ghosting (but not in the conventional sense!)

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I've read some info on 'ghosting' and most of it seems to be about transfers shifting while still hot.

I'm printing on very lightweight fabric and have a different ghost problem... I'm getting ghosts from the previous design that I pressed ! I can't get my head around whether the ink residue is from the bottom or the top plate?

What product should I use to clean the heat plate and the rubber mat with ? I have some Teflon sheets. Are they used to stop ink subliminating from the front to the back of a shirt or to stop it soaking up or down onto the press ? Additionally maybe my misuse of Teflon.. could it be the sheet that's carrying over ?

Lots of questions.. New to this.. Can you tell ?
Any suggestions much appreciated.
 
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Default Re: Ghosting (but not in the conventional sense!)

What you are seeing blow through that is contaminating your press.

You can use cheap copy paper to help remove any sublimation residue from your press. Put a clean sheet in and press the blank sheet for 30-60 seconds. Throw that piece away and put in another clean sheet. Keep doing this until the image is gone. Might take ten times, but you should see the image on the copy paper get lighter each time.

To prevent this from happening you will need to use cheap copy paper, newsprint, butcher paper...any clean inexpensive paper to use as a blotter. Use a new sheet each time you press. The idea is for the blotter paper to absorb any blow through.
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Default Re: Ghosting (but not in the conventional sense!)

I never really get these post as we have never had a single paper brand blow through to the top platen - never. Now if you press too long or too hot you can get it to blow through the fabric but again blowing through coated paper? If we had to have a top blotter piece and change every press we would increase cost and time by quiet a bit.
 
 
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Default Re: Ghosting (but not in the conventional sense!)

Sorry...didn't make myself clear. As you mentioned you should not need a top blotter...if you need a top blotter, there is a problem.

I believe they were working with some very light weight fabrics. We will use a blotter inside the shirt for some fabrics to prevent any dyes from getting through to the back. I know we printed some burnouts last week that required this. Generally the Teflon pillow works fine, but some very porous fabrics require a blotter for best results.
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