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Old August 23rd, 2009 Aug 23, 2009 6:44:53 PM -   #1 (permalink)
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Hello
Started printing my shirts. Some have turned out great. Others tho have turned out were it looks like the ink did not fully transfer. a faded look. Which is NOT wanted this time.

I am pressing at 400/35sec with a teflon sheet on top. This is according to the shirt manuf. The printer of the dye sub transfers said that should be fine.
I have priessed at 400/25secs w/o the telfon sheet cover. (also said to be okay by the shirt manuf) Still happens on both settings.

I got a dk temp device. Temp seems to be pretty much on in the center were these would be on the platen. Outer edges are about on too.
Not all shirts are doing it.
When I look at the paper (and told printed on a 42" epson printer) it appears to be spotty. The 3rd pic. Not sure if thats normal way it looks when printed on the paper tho.

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Default Re: pressing issue or ink/paper issue

Mark,

What shirts you are printing on? What pressure you are using?

From experience, 35 sec may not be long enough for an image to transfer - especially for black colour. With most fabrics I'm pressing, 50-60 sec works well - at 400F light to medium pressure.
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Default Re: pressing issue or ink/paper issue

Currently using Denali Wikz shirts.

I am using probably a medium type pressure. I have a HIX 15x15 swingman so no pressure gauge of any sort.

I was thinking of going to light pressure (for the lines) and 45-55 seconds.

The one time I tried that long if the image came out good or not but I recall the paper turned color and kinda scared me so went back to the 35secs.

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Default Re: pressing issue or ink/paper issue

It could also be a printing issue. Your end product can't look good if the print isn't good.
 
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Default Re: pressing issue or ink/paper issue

There are so many factors and you just have to go through a lot of ink, paper and material to get it right. I would suggest starting with Vapor white test squares. It is the easiest and gives great colors and the mistakes are inexpensive compared to shirts. Once you have that you can start experimenting. We tyypically do not do premade shirts but as a favor we agreed to do some for a friend for a softball team. Forgot the brand of the shirts but we did one and called it quits. The colors were horrible. All shirts are not created equal. You have to find the right combination of fabric, paper, and ink and stick with it. Changing any one of those risk changing the results.
 
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Default Re: pressing issue or ink/paper issue

Usually light spots like that are caused by the press. It seems that the temperature has been eliminated as the cause however, so some other causes are - if the upper platen isn't completely smooth - is uneven - that can cause light spots. Also, and more likely if the press has been used a lot, the silicone pad on the bottom is worn and has low, worn, or compressed areas that create areas of reduced contact. It can also be caused by defective paper. Beyond those things, pressure could be a culprit, but that usually ties in with a worn out silicone pad.
 






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