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Epson f2100 on black t-shirts

 
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Old June 6th, 2019 Jun 6, 2019 4:36:12 AM -   #1 (permalink)
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Unhappy Epson f2100 on black t-shirts

Hey,


New guy here. So we bought Epson f2100 10 months ago and we are not very happy with the results we are getting. Some of our test stayed the same for 15+ washes, some of them faded after the first.
We use SG 100% Cotton, ring spun. Heat press at 168 C for 75 seconds. We use double-strike everytime.
Our black t-shirts are not printing well. I am attaching some pictures: [URL]https://imgur.com/a/UzgMBLl[/URL]


Can you give me some suggestions what we are doing wrong?
 
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Default Re: Epson f2100 on black t-shirts

for the prints on dark garments you need to look up into the pretreat process. This one is the most important part for a good and durable print.
Regarding your attached photo, it seems that the shirt was pretreated with too low amount of pretreat and/or pressed with not enough pressure.
It's also important that the medium used for cover the shirt when pressed after the apply of the pretreat (teflon, silicone paper, etc etc) is clean and slide away without difficult at the end of drying process. If not, you get up the cotton fibers instead of lay them down for a perfect print
 
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Your temp and press times are all wrong also. You should be heat pressing 90 seconds at the lightest pressure possible at 325 degrees F (293 C) to have good washability.
 
 
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Default Re: Epson f2100 on black t-shirts

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Your temp and press times are all wrong also. You should be heat pressing 90 seconds at the lightest pressure possible at 325 degrees F (293 C) to have good washability.
Sorry Geno, but you are making a little bit of confusion. 168 ° C are 334° F and this could be fine (normally I use 170-175 °C with a teflon sheet between the shirt and the heat press platen). The time really depends on how much ink you need to dry. 90 seconds for a lot of prints are even too much.
 
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Default Re: Epson f2100 on black t-shirts

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Hey,


New guy here. So we bought Epson f2100 10 months ago and we are not very happy with the results we are getting. Some of our test stayed the same for 15+ washes, some of them faded after the first.
We use SG 100% Cotton, ring spun. Heat press at 168 C for 75 seconds. We use double-strike everytime.
Our black t-shirts are not printing well. I am attaching some pictures: https://imgur.com/a/UzgMBLl



Can you give me some suggestions what we are doing wrong?
https://imgur.com/a/UzgMBLl.jpg
 
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Default Re: Epson f2100 on black t-shirts

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Some of our test stayed the same for 15+ washes, some of them faded after the first.
Unfortunatelly, washability will vary by T-shirt model and color.
The optimal amount of ink and pre-treat varies also.

Have a look here: https://www.firebirdink.com/shirts-f2000/
These are some of the best printing shirts by the way.
 
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Default Re: Epson f2100 on black t-shirts

How are you pre treating the shirt? Manual? Sprayer? Pre Treat Machine?
 






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