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Old September 2nd, 2014 Sep 2, 2014 10:25:21 AM -   #31 (permalink)
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Default Re: Hi everyone new uk user here- advice welcome!

Exactprint paper requires really heavy pressure, although the instructions say firm pressure take it as heavy pressure. Quote from application instructions " DO NOT TUMBLE DRY". Wash @ no more than 40 degrees C.
I use Exact print a lot, you have to experiment with it to find the best printer and heat press settings for your particular equipment. Once you get a good print, cut the transfer into several small pieces, get a T shirt, cut it into pieces also and print each piece at a different setting on your heat press to find the optimum setting, may take a few attempts, mark them and record the settings for each one, start from your last setting and increase the pressure gradually as you do prints, after each print gently stretch the fabric. Wash all your samples and see what results you get. Time consuming I know but worth it in the end.
Might also be worth checking the temperature across you press platten to ensure it is even from the centre to the corners.
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Old September 2nd, 2014 Sep 2, 2014 10:47:02 AM -   #32 (permalink)
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Default Re: Hi everyone new uk user here- advice welcome!

The tumble dry really is a non issue, I only did it as I saw it was already ruined.

Am questioning whether this process is the right one now, I am off all day tomorrow so will do what you've said as an experiment, nothing else to do!
 
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Another paper I use with good results here
yolö ? Image Clip® Laser Light - Self Weeding Heat Transfer Paper for Laser Printers
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Ok another development that could shed some light to you more experienced printers.

As part of my trial run, I did a design for a mate of mine. Nothing fancy, just a small silhouette style o the chest area.

I messaged him yesterday saying ti would more than likely fade dramatically in the wash.

Got a reply late last night, he had worn the tshirt to some exercise class he did, got very sweaty, and now has the design imprinted on his chest.

Couldn't stop laughing, but why would that happen??
 
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What printer are you using, make model?
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What material is the shirt?
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The printer is an HP color laserjet CP3525dn, this one;
HP Color LaserJet CP3525dn Printer (CC470A) specifications - HP Small & Medium Business products

The tshirt is just the budget fruit of the loom range, 100% cotton.
 
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Mmmmm, got me stumped, is the toner fusing to the transfer paper properly?(can you rub any of it off). Is the transfer adhering to the shirt properly? Has to be something basic, I do not know anything about your printer, maybe the fused temp. is not high enough to fuse the toner to the transfer paper properly, maybe something to do with the toner type.
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Default Re: Hi everyone new uk user here- advice welcome!

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Man I am so confused!

I have some really simple designs for tshirts/vests, figured transfer printing them would suffice. Watched a lot of Martin butlers youtube videos and he says the quality of them is good.

Then I have a couple of larger pieces for hoodies, sweaters, that I really don't think will look good using vinyl. Plastisol would be the ideal, but it seems the UK market is a lot more expensive than the US one.

Then come all the costs involved.
I have only watched 1 Martin Butler video on youtube, along the lines of 5 ways to make t-shirts.

It was very informative and had some brilliant advice but it confused me more due to my starting price (i am also looking to start up) and noobness.

I will be following along with this thread.
 
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Default Re: Hi everyone new uk user here- advice welcome!

Ok so an update...

I purchased some yolo paper for inkjet, and tried that.

Shocker, the ink cartridges needed replacing. So ordered some more.

Have to say, whilst the process was fine, the printer just was awful. Its ancient.

So this wound me up yet again.

So I went back to the laserjet, figured id run a few prints off and experiement.

After reading the papers instructions, I noticed a few errors. The instructions in English state;

"peel off after 5-7 seconds" but en German and French below, it clearly stats after 3.

It also states to reseal for 30secs, but again in German and French, it says for 5. I major difference.

So I followed the German/French guide, and set the pressure of my press to the hardest I could set it, so I had to use all my weight to shut.

Pressed 3 items, different designs onto different colour garments.

Washed them all this morning, and was over the moon when they came out the machine in the same condition I put them in!!!! Was absolutely buzzing.

Im going to wash them another few time, just to check it works, but I finally feel like progress is being made.

The next step is going to be to invest in a printer that will run A3 prints should the wash tests fair ok.
 
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Default Re: Hi everyone new uk user here- advice welcome!

Slow progress with this, birthdays and Christmas are eating up any spare cash I have...

I washe dteh shirts, all held fast.

So now I need an A3 laser printer, used, as new are just too expensive...
 






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