Printwear

November '19

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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5 4 P R I N T W E A R N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 9 2 FLASH PANEL NOT LEVEL Using a construction level laid across the top of our flash cure, we want to make certain that our flash- cure panel is level and running parallel to our plat- en or T-shirt board. The most common problem is the end farthest from our stand. A tilt downwards towards the T-shirt board creates a hotter environ- ment near the bottom of the platen, which coin- cides with the bottom of our printed image. This will also create a cooler environment and deliver less heat near the top of our printed image, which is next to the stand of our flash cure. Common problems: Top of the image washes out or fades while the bottom of the image looks good, or the top end of the printed image is cured while the bottom end is scorched. Don't Be a Sinner B R I A N T O N E Y Y ou can cure plastisol ink using a flash-cure unit, but if you do not pay attention to these seven deadly sins, you will eventually watch your profits die a painful death. 1. INCORRECT HEIGHT OF THE FLASH PANEL For a good working height, we want the bottom of our flash-cure panel 2" to 3" from the top of our platen or T-shirt board. We are looking to deliver as much heat with as little room for heat loss as possible. The greater the distance between the flash cure and our T-shirt board, the less heat will transfer and will increase the chances of variance in the temperatures from shirt to shirt. Keeping the distance consistent will also help minimize any cool spots within your flash-cure panel by transferring maximum energy. This will also minimize the impacts of our curing environment. Common problems: Shirts are under cured, experience washout, fade, or are scorched. 7 DEADLY SINS WHEN CURING PLASTISOL INK WITH A FLASH CURE The greater the distance between the flash cure and the T-shirt board, the less heat will transfer and in- crease the chances of variance in the temperatures from shirt to shirt. (All images courtesy Kolormatrix) Use a construction level to ensure the flash is even to prevent an uneven print.

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