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as stated above.. without a conveyer drier you will need the heat press to cure the ink as the ink is wet when it comes out the printer. you have to be careful when removing the shirt so as not to get accidental ink transfer to another part of the shirt or smear the imprint.
 

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OK,

I created a DTG myself from an HP printer.

Is it possible to us a common household Iron & silicone paper to replace the need for an expensive heat press (short on money at the moment!)?

I would be grateful if someone could tell me weather the following production plan will work (very new to this!):

1. Fill my CISS for my HP DTG printer with Resolute Ink, OR Dupont ink (which is better?)
2. Print directly to a *non pre-treated* 100% cotton t-shirt.
3. Place the freshly printed tshirt on an ironing board, cover with silicon/non-stick paper and press down/iron on high heat for XX seconds.

A MASSIVE thank you to anyone who can help me.

Harry
 

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1. Fill my CISS for my HP DTG printer with Resolute Ink, OR Dupont ink (which is better?) If in USA, use Dupont, in EU perhaps Resolute...only because support might be better
2. Print directly to a *non pre-treated* 100% cotton t-shirt. If you are doing white/light garments no pre-treatment but if using white ink...you have to use pretreatment to avoid bleeds etc
3. Place the freshly printed tshirt on an ironing board, cover with silicon/non-stick paper and press down/iron on high heat for XX seconds. I have yet to see commercially acceptable products from a home iron and ironing board...if you have gone this far...do it right...get a press
 

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Laser temp guns are not accurate!!! The only type that is good enough for checking press temp for DTG is a full contact thermal probe meter. I use both and find my 100$ laser to be within 5 degrees, someday and 50 degrees other. If you do use a laser it must be within 6 inches of the platen and held at a 90 degree angle. A rough calibration check can be done by checking boiling water, 212 F at sea level as elevation increases the temp goes down, there are calculators on the Internet to get that number perfect. Hint always use fresh batteries.
Clue, no heat press manufacturer, good ones anyway, use non contact temperature meters. All are full contact.

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