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plastisol screen print faded significantly after 1st wash

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Help! Had a vendor screen some tee's for me. They look great, but just recently washed one and after the 1st wash...it faded significantly! Arrrgh...Should have done a wash test, but you'd think that you wouldn't have to worry about things like this or inks not being cured properly. What really upsets me is that customers who had already purchased the shirts are not going to be return customers if they get the same results.

Wondering why this is happening and if there was a solution to save the remaining shirts. Was the ink cured properly?

My initial thoughts are to have the screen printer run them through the flash curer again, but because of this mistake (if it was one), I no longer want to deal with them.

Is there another way? Maybe through a heatpress that I can cure the ink properly...or would that melt the ink?...hmm

Thoughts and suggestions appreciated. Thanks!
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Was it water base or plastisol prints?

If it was water base, this might be normal depending on the print and circumstances as it does fade a little. If it was plastisol then it is most likely the result of improper curing. If it was water base and it faded a lot improper curing could also be the problem.

If the printer does not have a conveyor dryer and is curing solely under a flash that would explain the issue.

You should definitely ask the printer to cure them again, that is if they have a conveyor dryer. They could easily send them through the conveyor dryer after the fact and cure them, but you don't want to give the rest of the garments to your customer until you're sure they're cured. I would also say that if the printer does not have a conveyor dryer and only a flash, then don't send them there to be cured... Another shop in your area may be willing to help you if it means they may get your future business.

You probably don't want to heat press them, although it would work. If you do, use some dazzle trans on the press. This will give it a really glossy appearance, but most importantly it will prevent the ink from sticking to the top heat pad on the heat press. Do be aware that the heat pressed shirts will look significantly different than the screen printed shirts that were not heat pressed.
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Wow, thanks for the quick response!!! They are plastisol prints and from my research, just as you mentioned, they were probably undercured. Printer had a conveyor dryer. I'll probably ask them or another shop if they would be willing to run it through again. I was wondering where do you purchase the dazzle trans if I go the heat press route? Is this different from a teflon sheet? Does the dazzle trans leave a gloss film or discoloration on white/dark shirts when used? Is there a advantage on using one or the other...for instance if I use a teflon sheet instead, will the shirt look the same as before I pressed it? Thanks again!
First, the printer should rectify the issue for you since it is their mistake. If they won't or you don't feel confident that they can, the second best route I think would be to try another printer and see if they will cure them for you (I would expect to pay a minimal charge for this). Otherwise, yeah heat press them. Dazzle is similar to the teflon sheet, and the teflon sheet should work just fine. Dazzle will make it glossy and it should not leave any film. The reason that it looks so glossy is that it is a super fine super smooth surface. Teflon sheet could make it glossy depending on the sheet, or it could make it look textured like the sheet of teflon. Try one and see how it turns out. Better yet, try one, wash it, and see how it turns out. Now, depending on the ink deposit, it could look different when you're done. If it is a light ink deposit then it should be just fine. If the ink deposit is heavy, if it has been built up with a thick underbase and there is fine detail, you may lose some of that detail since the heat transfer press will in essence squash the ink a bit and close areas with fine detail, maybe. The proof will be in your test press!
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That has happened to every screen printer at some time. I printed a jod a few months ago and the customer called back a few days later and said that the prints looked aweful after the first wash.

Prior to printing her shirts I had sped up my conveyor belt and under cured the prints. I didn't notice the belt speed when I printed them.

I ordered new shirts and printed them. Customer is happy, and will return. Mistakes happen, how they are dealt with is the important thing. Let the printer know what happened and see what they will do. You might be surprised.
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