Printwear

January '19

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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6 6 P R I N T W E A R J A N U A R Y 2 0 1 9 I n today's D2 market, the printing equipment is typi- cally reliable and strong. Generally, most printers on the market can print with white ink and little issue. Even though there is a small learning curve to operate the machine, general maintenance is typically all that's needed to keep it running well. Where the larger learn- ing curve still resides is in the pretreatment process. A common question asked when using D2 equipment is, "Do I have to pretreat?" The answer is, it depends. Learning about pretreatment and how it's used will help you best an- swer this question. THE BASICS There are various pretreatments available to suit differ- ent purposes. Some pretreatments let you print on cotton, blends, polyester, wood, glass, plastic, metal, and other non- porous items. Printing on 100 percent cotton is where D2 printing dis- plays its strength. Not all pretreatment works with all inks, so it's always wise to listen to recommendations from your equipment provider. If you deviate from their suggestions, you should print, cure, and perform many wash tests to en- sure you have a good combination. One half of this shirt has pretreat- ment while the other doesn't. It's easy to see the dif- ference between the two. (All images courtesy ColDesi) D2 D2 D2 D2 D2 D2 D2 D2 D2 D2 D2 D2 D2 D2 D2 D2 D2 D2 D2 D2 D2 D2 D2 D2 D2 D2 D2 D2 D2 D2 D2 D2 D2 D2 To Pretreat, or Not to Pretreat... J E R I D H I L L

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