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Old May 6th, 2015 May 6, 2015 10:20:56 AM -   #1 (permalink)
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Anyone having success with 50/50 dark shirts and printing white ink?

What pretreat are you using?
How much?
RIP or GC?
How are they washing?

I can't seem to get the ink dense enough.
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I assume you are referring to DTG printing. We have printed on 50/50's many times, but yes the DTG ink and pre-treatment only sticks to the cotton fibers so the white ink always takes on the color of the garments (especially the Gildan 5000 Midnight, Blackberry & Russet colors).

We warn our clients that anything under 80% cotton we cannot guarantee the vibrancy or wash ability. Once our clients know that, they are usually fine. We also tell them the final print looks "vintage".
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I think it depends. For me, being a long-time screenprinter ( and the bias that goes along with plastisol ink ) I don't put white ink on anything that isn't ringspun cotton. I don't use Gildan 2000's because I don't like the way they print compared to the Canvas 3001, which is my go-to shirt. Some people might call it vintage, but I call it a crappy print. We have always had incredibly high standards for screenprinting white plastisol, so the adjustment to what a good DTG white is has been a little challenging for us. Since getting the RIP, it has alleviated most of our concerns.

The short answer, in my opinion, is spend the money on a better shirt.
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Default Re: 50/50 Dark Shirts

Which RIP did you get? Isn't GC also a RIP?

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