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Old December 7th, 2012 Dec 7, 2012 7:03:13 PM -   #1 (permalink)
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Hey everyone, I recently purchase a Vastex d-100. It arrived today and I got it all put together. I am looking for an answer of what temperature, speed, and heater height for curing water base inks. It seems as if I can not find a happy medium on the settings. Please let me know as much as you know. Thank you.
 
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You need dwell time. Set it for as slow as it will go. Then get a temp setting that has the ink at 320 at exit. I personally would set the temp to med high and then use height to tune the temp. This way i have wiggle room on both the heighht and the temp (up and down) to fine tune. You need the garment under the heat for about 2:00 to 1:30 minimum and it needs hit 320 at the end of the tunnel. I would do a ton of wash tests to verify your curing you will also want to remember that the more ink colors you have the more water that needs to be evaporated so do some tests with a good underbase and color.
 
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Thank you. When it comes out of the dryer should I be doing the stretch test?
 
 
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You should yes. But it's unreliable. You should print to fabric and do wash tests before you send them out the door. You have to remember that waterbase doesn't lay a sheet of ink over the fabric. It forces int into the fibers so it reacts differently to stretch tests. But it shouldn't look like its cracking when stretched "lightly". Even though I am confident in my times and temps now, I check temp on almost every shirt and I do a wash test on almost every order. I am washing my first test print while I am printing the rest of the order. It's just how I do things now because one I get things set and I am double checking temps all the time for consistency washing while printing saves me time in the long run.
 






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