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Old June 4th, 2019 Jun 4, 2019 11:40:21 AM -   #1 (permalink)
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Hello, was wondering if anyone has printed on 35 cotton/65 poly? I have some Dickies work shirt's to print logo on back and didn't know how it would turn out. Thank You in advance
 
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Default Re: printing 35 Cotton/65 Poly

I did a lot of tests some time ago using DuPont inks. Just like with 100% cotton, different 50/50 blend shirts produced different results, so I'd expect the 35/65 to be similar, so the only real way to know for sure, is to try it yourself with the shirts you have.


In my tests, white and pastel shirts without white ink were similar to 100% cotton, but the dark shirt dyes did migrate as expected.

To prevent dye migration, I reduced the temperature to around 275F like I would do with screen printing inks, and it worked well.

Curing on the conveyor dryer for 7 minutes produced better prints but durability was terrible.
Curing on the heat press for 120 seconds (60 seconds hovering and then light pressure) produced acceptable results.

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Default Re: printing 35 Cotton/65 Poly

Unfortunately the needed logo is all white lettering, the shirts I am working with range from 35/65 to twill shirts, going to be a learning curve for sure on these
 
 
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Default Re: printing 35 Cotton/65 Poly

Those are expensive shirts to be experimenting on.
 
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Those are expensive shirts to be experimenting on.
The cost is minimal if you cut one in strips and use them for the test prints
 
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Yes, I will agree with you there, stressing out about it for sure
 
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The cost is minimal if you cut one in strips and use them for the test prints
Brilliant, as usual, Bob.

That's another nugget of information that I'll add to my list.
 
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Default Re: printing 35 Cotton/65 Poly

Just be careful to check that the shirt fabric does not have an anti staining coating. Because dtg inks are water based it may create an adhesion problem and possible washability issues.

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Default Re: printing 35 Cotton/65 Poly

Unfortunately I found out to late on this info, customer brought them in and I didn't even think about it, you could just peel ink right off, but I embroidered them instead and turned out great.
 
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Default Re: printing 35 Cotton/65 Poly

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Unfortunately I found out to late on this info, customer brought them in and I didn't even think about it, you could just peel ink right off, but I embroidered them instead and turned out great.
This is exactly why you always have to do test prints first.
Yet, some people here insist that all shirts can be printed as long as you have an Epson F2100 printer .
It will magically overcome all coatings and sizing agents 🤥 .
 






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