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Problem with printing red.

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Old August 21st, 2014 Aug 21, 2014 12:49:05 PM -   #1 (permalink)
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Default Problem with printing red.

Hey everyone. My name is Glenn and I'm a co-owner of Dirty D's Accessories in Loveland, CO. I've been reading this forum for a while now and it's good to know there's such a friendly and helpful community for Neoflex users.

Recently I've noticed problems when printing solid patches of red/pink colors. It prints kind of washed out and when heat set a lot of white speckles appear in those areas. This is only an issue with red/pink colors and I was wondering if you guys had any ideas or similar experiences.

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Default Re: Problem with printing red.

we have the same problem when printing a bright red for our Leukemia and lymphoma logo. It can be caused by a lot of different things. not enough pre-treat or too much pre-treat, you can try brushing and pressing shirts before pre-treating. also the way you cure the print, use the lightest amount of pressure. if the parchment paper is sticking to the image don't pull it up and re-press it. also you can try hovering over the shirt before you press it during pre-treat and curing. it may or may not help.
 
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I am guessing you are printing on a dark shirt requiring a white underbase. Also u said u are printing solid colors and probably in high res. Also u maybe printing one shirt at a time or relatively small graphics. Lots of guessing here. So if all true then u are putting down a lot of white ink followed by a lot of cmyk in a very short time, this can cause the muddy look, the dots are caused by wicking of white thru fibers that have not layed down or were pulled up when the paper was removed and pretreat was not dry, then was not re pressed until paper slides off. So the white wicks up thru the cmyk forming a ball of white ink above the cmyk then when pressed actually presses the white on top. If you are not using Image Armour then try it. Also for prints as these u may benefit from IA Ultra, gels ink faster. Or, you can right click on the ripped file then select print selection, bottom item on popup. Then select only the white, actually deselect the cmyk, print the white, let set a few extra minutes, then deselect white and select color and print cmyk layer. Also hovering the press over the shirt for 30 sec or so then light pressure may help.
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Default Re: Problem with printing red.

pictures would help a lot. is there a problem before or after curing the ink?
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Default Re: Problem with printing red.

Spiders are correct. There are so many possibilities. NeoFamily have printing Masters and Champions!
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