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How many washes should a design get on a t shirt?

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Old 3 Weeks Ago Sep 24, 2019 10:38:06 AM -   #1 (permalink)
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Default How many washes should a design get on a t shirt?

Hey. So I’m new to this and I’m trying to figure out how many washes I should be seeing before the design on the shirt starts to fade. I’m making my own brand and really want to have it last a long time. So how many washes is classed as good and what methods are good/bad for this?

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Hey. So I’m new to this and I’m trying to figure out how many washes I should be seeing before the design on the shirt starts to fade. I’m making my own brand and really want to have it last a long time. So how many washes is classed as good and what methods are good/bad for this?

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50 washes, dye sub is by far the best/longest lasting.
The fabric of the shirt will deteriorate before the print fades.
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Default Re: How many washes should a design get on a t shirt?

Direct to Garment and inkjet transfers will fade the fastest. You'll notice fading after the first wash or two.


plastisol screen print and dye sublimation will last the longest.
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I use a pigment printer on jpss and i have over 35 washes and they still look amazing.
 
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Default Re: How many washes should a design get on a t shirt?

You also have to account for how the garment is laundered. There is often a mismatch between the washing instructions on the garment and those of the print. A garment might be suitable for hot wash and tumble dry, but that will cause most prints to deteriorate more quickly than a cool wash and line dry.
 
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I’m using an Oki 1711wt led white toner printer. It says it is good for 40 washes before it starts to show signs of deterioration, but I’m not sure if this is more novelty t shirt realms rather than a product people would want to buy into. Am I wrong?
 
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Default Re: How many washes should a design get on a t shirt?

Jamie, Not sure how anyone can provide a definite length of service that you will get from a print. So many variables....type of wear, fabric, washing and drying methods, print method, inks, etc, etc. Fading also depends on the print process and the design itself. Not sure if many people actually count the number of times a shirt is washed.
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I’m using an Oki 1711wt led white toner printer. It says it is good for 40 washes before it starts to show signs of deterioration, but I’m not sure if this is more novelty t shirt realms rather than a product people would want to buy into. Am I wrong?
 
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Default Re: How many washes should a design get on a t shirt?

I am always amused when a number like this is provided. First, who's counting? If they are and there is deterioration at 38 washes is going to get noticed?
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Default Re: How many washes should a design get on a t shirt?

I love this shirt, a client sent it to me. I produced that shirt in 2004 and the guy wearing it is his mechanic on a boat!
My mate said WTF is wrong with your shirts.. (PS he gave me this picture 2018) So the shirt is 14 years old he told me, and i was like. But look at the print it still looks good!.



Thats how long many washes i think a shirt should have!
 
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Default Re: How many washes should a design get on a t shirt?

T-shirt fabrics will generally not survive more than 50 washes, so this is how many washes the print should survive as well. Having said that, people will not generally notice if the print only lasts 30 washes... Normal people are not counting their t-shirt washes. They will however notice when a shirt lasts longer than average, and possibly prefer to buy that particular brand again in the future.

Properly cured plastisol is indestructible and will always outlast the fabric. This is an undeniable fact. The print may crack over time,especially if abused in the wash, but the colors will not fade.

Sublimation is also long lasting, but it is limited to polyester and white or light color fabrics.

Water based screen-printed inks are less durable than plastisol and will fade over time, gradually giving the shirt a vintage look, which is perfectly fine. The same thing applies to water based discharge inks.

DTG is not as durable and will last just about as long as a heat transfer. Just like heat transfers, prints on white shirts will last longer than prints on black/dark shirts. If done properly you can expect the print to last for 20-25 washes for black t-shirts, and 30-35 washes for white ones.
 






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