October '19

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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What is the secret to being successful with a DTG printer? First and foremost: good artwork. You will need large, high-resolution images (at least 300 dpi). Beware that most images on the internet are 72 dpi and will not print well. If you don't have a graphics background, consider taking a class. Then, educate your customers. Explain in detail the type of image you need to create a print that will knock their socks off! Use the printer frequently. A DTG printer that sits for more than a few days will get clogged up and require in- tensive cleaning and an expensive new print head. Commit to printing at least three or four days every week to keep the printer running smoothly. Perform routine maintenance accord- ing to the manufacturer's instructions. Most DTG printers require at least a small amount of daily maintenance. Failure to properly maintain the printer can add up to a costly repair bill. Become a walking billboard for your business! Create an eye-catching design, then add your company name, website, phone number, and logo. Print enough of these to give away to friends, relatives, prospects, and customers. JERRY SMITH, MESA SUPPLIES INC. DTG Do I really have to clean my pretreat sprayer every day? Absolutely, YES! No matter the brand pre-treat sprayer you use, cleaning with distilled water after use is critical to proper maintenance. Otherwise your spray-tip, spray-head, and even your fluid pump may become clogged, and poor maintenance voids all manufacturer's warranty. DAVID LANDESMAN, LAWSON SCREEN & DIGITAL PRODUCTS How do you get good DTG prints on dark or colored polyester? Printing on poly is challeng- ing because it tends to wick inks away rather than absorb them, often creating a chalky mess of the DTG printers are color printers. Use them to their full advantage. (Image courtesy MESA Supplies Inc) 4 4 P R I N T W E A R O C T O B E R 2 0 1 9 Pre-treatment puts a barrier over the fabric al- lowing the white ink to set on top of it. With a dark shirt, if you choose not to pre-treat the fabric, the white ink will disappear into the fab- ric after it is put down. (Image courtesy Epson)

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