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How I Print On Gildan Ultra 2000's and Comfort Color Tees

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Old January 17th, 2017 Jan 17, 2017 12:29:35 PM -   #1 (permalink)
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Default How I Print On Gildan Ultra 2000's and Comfort Color Tees

I get my best results when I pre-treat, press dry, pre-treat again and press dry again. It works very well for me. Anyone struggling with Gildan tees should give it a shot.

Same thing with hard to print Comfort Color tees. Printing them is a snap also.

I usually hover dry my printed shirts for a minute to a minute and a half before I press them. I have always used teflon sheets because I love the slick shiny effect that I get and I can use them over and over and over again.

The extra pre-treatment used per shirt is pretty cheap. A lot less than laying down tons of white ink I would say and the extra time it takes to double press tees can usually be done before your next tee comes off of the F2000.

When pretreating Gildan 2000's or Comfort Color tees don't skimp on the pretreat. They do love it. Don't soak them up too much but don't just have it all misted on either. Experiment for what ever works best for you.

Washability is great too. Note - You don't want to saturate your tee on one pretreament, just pretreat it as normal and press dry but just do it twice.

All of these prints were made using Digital Factory with the one pass white set at 80%. No other changes.

I do get the same results when ever I choose to use garment Creator too.

Here are some of my results.

Comfort Color Tee;





Gildan Ultra 2000 Tee;

A Civil War Re-enactment group;



One time on the pre-treatment;



Same exact print made on the next shirt except this time with double pre-treatment;



Gildan Ultra 2000 Light Blue Tee;





Here is a Bella Ladies Tank, very tough to get a good looking print on.



The tee on the right was pretreated once, the one on the left was pretreated twice. Big difference.



Some Comfort Color Customer Giveaways;







Two more Comfort Color Tees done as practice prints;





Customer Tees printed on Comfort Color Tees also;







Work shirt printed on Comfort Color Tee about 6 months ago. Worn and washed at least once a week.



I hope this helped somebody out. Any questions feel free to send me a PM or ask in this thread.
 
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Old February 5th, 2017 Feb 5, 2017 3:33:52 PM -   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: How I Print On Gildan Ultra 2000's and Comfort Color Tees

That's dope thanks for sharing. Are you using normal amount of pretreat each time? For example 20 grams + 20 grams = 40 g? Or are you cutting the grams in half to around 10 grams per treatment so 20 total grams?
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Most of the time, yes but sometimes I tend to experiment a bit as I go along. My SpeedTreater is usually set at 45 with Epson pretreatment running through it. Since almost all of my DTG orders are of 24 or more I can easily vary it up between the first few shirts until I get it just right.

For short runs I just pre-treat twice at the same setting.

Now, not all pre-treatments and pre-treaters are created equal. I have found that some pre-treatments are thicker than others which would require a slower speed on the pre-treater machine.

I tend to mix my Epson pre-treat a little thin so I like to increase the speed when I use it. I have been using a lot of IA in the past and I still like it a lot but since I got a big container of Epson's pretreatment that you mix 50/50 with water I have been using it on everything. I like it a lot too.

You can see that he comfort color tees look a little bit like window screens because they are a bit corse when compared to ringspun tees but I am getting excellent results printing on them.

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thanks for sharing, we appreciate the comments as we just go into DTG last year.
 
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2 questions: 1) how did you apply pretreat on the light blue shirt? We just started printing with our printer, and the pretreat leaves terrible stains on the same light blue shirt. And, 2) what's the washability?
 
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I have had that problem myself. Switching to Epson pre-treat has helped me with that issue a lot but sometimes it can still happen on really light colors.

I'd say back off your heat press time to 40-45 seconds even when printing white ink. Back off the pressure setting also. Try heating as little time as possible when drying the pre-treatment on the tee. That seems to be when I have noticed t-shirt yellowing occurring the worst.

You might want to experiment with a different brand of pre-treatment for certain colors too. Even changing t-shirt brand color to color helps sometimes too.

Unfortunately when being a new DTG printer you'll have to go through a few highs and lows until you figure out just what works right for you.

I use an EZ ZSpeedTreater at a setting of between 35 and 45 depending on how thick my pretreat seems to be and how thick the garment is and sometimes even what color tee I am printing on.

Washability for me is excellent. You don't want a pre-treated soaking wet tee, you simply want a tee that is coated nicely, dried, pre-treated again and then dried again. Ready to print. It sounds like a lot of time and effort but it really isn't, especially when you get a good rhythm going.

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I have had that problem myself. Switching to Epson pre-treat has helped me with that issue a lot but sometimes it can still happen on really light colors.

I'd say back off your heat press time to 40-45 seconds even when printing white ink. Back off the pressure setting also. Try heating as little time as possible when drying the pre-treatment on the tee. That seems to be when I have noticed t-shirt yellowing occurring the worst.

You might want to experiment with a different brand of pre-treatment for certain colors too. Even changing t-shirt brand color to color helps sometimes too.

Unfortunately when being a new DTG printer you'll have toi go through a few highs and lows until you figure out just what works right for you.

I use an EZ ZSpeedTreater at a setting of between 35 and 45 depending on how thick my pretreat seems to be and how thick the garment is and sometimes even what color tee I am printing on.

Washability for me is excellent. You don't want a pre-treated soaking wet tee, you simply want a tee that is coated nicely, dried, pre-treated again and then dried again. Ready to print. It sounds like a lot of time and effort but it really isn't, especially when you get a good rhythm going.


Very nice. As you've demonstrated, using pretreatment correctly plays a major role in getting great prints.

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A couple more Gildan prints.



 
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Default Re: How I Print On Gildan Ultra 2000's and Comfort Color Tees

HELLO- Q: Are these the cheapest Gildan 50/50 blends that you are printing on?
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These are Gildan Ultra Cotton 200 tees. I stay away from 50/50 blends.
 
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Comfort Color tee. Digital Factory. Stock settings with one pass white. Pre-treated on an EZ Speed Treater with Epson pretreatment twice before printing.

 
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Geno,

Great looking prints. Even though we think there are better shirt brands to use in direct to garment printing you have demonstrated that with a little practice you can do an excellent print on Gildan t's.

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Thanks. Not all of us want to print on $4.00 tees
 
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Thanks. Not all of us want to print on $4.00 tees
I have found that I get really good results on a Fruit 3931 - much better than a G2000 and they're cheaper!!!
 
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Thanks Eric. I'll have to give them a try myself.
 






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