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Frustrations with my Epson F2000WE am I doing something wrong?

 
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Old September 27th, 2018 Sep 27, 2018 7:58:45 PM -   #1 (permalink)
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Unhappy Frustrations with my Epson F2000WE am I doing something wrong?

So I've had my Epson Surecolor 2000 White Edition now for almost a year and I can not get consistent prints pretty much ever. From shirt to shirt in a batch I will have some shirts that print amazing and the next shirt will have too little white ink or so much ink it is literally wicking white into the surrounding fibers with no changes in shirt style, amount of starch, or software changes in the Garment creator rip. Often times our white layer is thin and images end up with a very vintage look and colors are not bright. We've had epson out and they've replaced pretty much the entire guts of the machine, we have tried two different pre-treat sprayers, and about a dozen combinations of heat press dry, hang dry, dry with a fan etc to try and solve for the issue. Does anyone have any ideas? Seeing the beautiful prints people are able to get with the F2000 just emphasizes how far off we are.
 
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Default Re: Frustrations with my Epson F2000WE am I doing something wrong?

Welcome to the world of DTG .

The problem is not the printer... It's just the nature of the beast. I know this because during testing I was able to replicate the same issues between 2 different printers ( Epson F2000 and Polyprint TexJet).

When printing on paper, the prints will look identical every time, but when printing on t-shirts the variables are way too many. Some of the variables, like a different shirt brand or model are obvious, but there are more "hidden" ones. Here are some examples (there are a lot more).

1. Shirt color: Even if the shirt model is the same, different colors have different fabrics (pigments, sizing agents, etc.).

2. Shirt size: Different sizes could be cut from a different batch of fabric.

3. Factory/supplier:The same brand a model shirt may come from a different factory using a different batch of fabric.


The only way around it is to:
a) Reduce the possible variations by printing only specific shirt models and colors, and
b) Expect a lot of unexpected issues, and increase your pricing to compensate.
 






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