If you are using plastisols
Cracking and washing off is usualy under cure
Shiny and sticky prints over cure.
With water based rub the print with a piece of white cloth if you get any colour on cloth then your probably undercured.
I am having an issue with my black ink coming off. I am using QuantumOne ink by Wilflex. We've been printing for many years so I know the shirts need to be cured properly and the specs say 340 degrees. The tees are definitely hitting that mark for 6-8 seconds through an M+R Sprint HO conveyor dryer. White shirts look great after a wash. Gildan kelly green shirts....the ink comes right off. American apparel red shirts the ink comes right off. I've sent Wilflex samples to see what they think. It's driving me nuts!
When I first started I did numerous tests to find out how to increase the washlife of my prints so my customers would be receiving the best value for money possible.
From my experience I have found with plastisols when you print/flash/print if the first layer of ink is held under the spot curer for longer than necessary and then another layer is applied you may well find you are infact printing over ink that has already fully cured. Im pretty sure that plastisol can not bond to an undercoat that has already fully cured and therefore after a few washes the top layer cracks to reveal the under layer.
Or if you are finding a noticable discouloration and instant fade in the pattern after the first washes this is generally down to the design not reaching its full curing temperature in your dryer.
Do you know the exact temp at which the type of ink you're using cures and how long it needs to stay at that temp to fully cure. What do you mean by printed them once? One hit of ink and off the press through the dryer?
Also if you are over flashing depending on the type of flash unit you are using it can make it crack. If you have a real high temp flasher like 900 f you can over flash verrry fast and will causes it to crack. I had a problem with a screen printing over flashing everything b/c he didn't know it would happen, b/c he worked on a lower temp flash unit prior to here.
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