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what material do you use for your platen?
or do you do anything or put anything special on the board? how do you keep the shirt from moving when using a table press?
any particular sizes? is the one with a curve for the neck better?

Any suggestions is very much appreciated.

Salamat po!
 

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For the platen, anything that is level, stiff and durable should do. MDF are popular in some countries but 3/4 plywood is common in the Philippines.

Cover your platen with a smooth surface. You can add a lining of 1/4" foam but the trend is towards a harder surface. Laminates are popular with rotary presses and canvas with line or long table presses. Aluminum platens have also been used.

Platen sizes pretty much depends on the size of shirts you will be printing more often. 16x19 is a good general purpose size and so is 12x19. I use a 16x24 platen. Shaped platens have better aesthetics and do offer some advantages but there is no problem with a rectangular platen. I used to have a platen with head and shoulders but my platens now have a simple triangular shape that tapers towards the neck. This makes my platen a pentagon. On a rectangular platen, you can mark it to show its vertical center so the shape is really not an issue.
 

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Not dependent but preferable.

Let me rephrase a little. You can use both soft(with foam) or hard (no foam) platen with any squeegee. But if you will be using a sharp squeegee(polyurethane), then use a hard platen for sharper edges. If you have used rubber squeegees like those sold at bookstores then you know the feeling that inks simply seems to slip through under the squeegee. But if you use a hard squeegee on a soft platen you just can't maximize its benefits with a soft platen. I can't really explain why but that's just the way it is.
 

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Not dependent but preferable.

Let me rephrase a little. You can use both soft(with foam) or hard (no foam) platen with any squeegee. But if you will be using a sharp squeegee(polyurethane), then use a hard platen for sharper edges. If you have used rubber squeegees like those sold at bookstores then you know the feeling that inks simply seems to slip through under the squeegee. But if you use a hard squeegee on a soft platen you just can't maximize its benefits with a soft platen. I can't really explain why but that's just the way it is.
i see. do you know what type of squeegee tulco sells? i bought mine there.
 
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