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Do you have to cover cmyk only prints with parchment paper

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Old December 28th, 2019 Dec 28, 2019 11:25:41 AM -   #1 (permalink)
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Default Do you have to cover cmyk only prints with parchment paper

I am considering an F2100 printer and I am wondering if you have to cover the print with parchment paper when you heat press the ink to set it when doing CMYK only. I have had 3 brother machines and you just put it under the machine and press the print. My presses usually have Teflon bras on them but I don't seem to need even that. I don't know I want to do that extra step, and have to stock paper and more garbage etc.
Again I am talking about CMYK. I realize that if I am printing with white ink I probably want to cover the print with something to avoid making a mess.
 
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Default Re: Do you have to cover cmyk only prints with parchment paper

Hello Bill, hope you doing fine!

Well, in my opinion, and based on my experience with DTG;
- You do not need it. The parchment paper or press paper normally is only used when you print CMYK + White. (there are more layers, consequently, the press paper will make the feel more soft and with a MATE finishing.
- Also, with the Teflon sheet that is already in place on the heat the press you have, you do not neet the parchment paper for CMYK + W. The only difference will be in the aspect of the print after the heat press.
With Teflon you get a shiny look
With parchment paper, you get a mate look.

Just remember to clean up the Teflon from time to time. After long use, you gonna get ink residues from the prints you pressed before.

- Furthermore; if you print CMYK only, you can also skip the pretreatment. The result will be not as sharp and vibrant as when you pretreat the t-shirt, but depending on the print, it can also have a good result.
Just do a wash test to guarantee that your curing process is fine-tuned for non-pretreated t-shirts.

I hope to have helped.
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Default Re: Do you have to cover cmyk only prints with parchment paper

Ah! I forgot something...

I understand you do not have a tunnel dryer to dry/cure the design after printing.

Just as a suggestion; you can hover the print for a few seconds before pressing. That will dry the ink a little and avoid ink mess.
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Default Re: Do you have to cover cmyk only prints with parchment paper

Bill. Covering a design is always not necessary. I would suggest testing a couple of prints each way. One on each side of the same shirt. Put them through a couple of washes and see if there is any difference.
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