April '20

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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2 0 2 0 A P R I L P R I N T W E A R 1 7 dark garments. Some colors held up well in opacity and others fell way back. Once seps were completed, we output them all on CTS with different frequencies, but all at a 22.5-degree angle and a round shape. We used high meshes on most everything start- ing at 230 and going up to 380, all at 30 N/ cm and 10 - 15% EOM using 65/90/65 or 75/90/75 triple-ply dual durometer squee- gees depending on our desired opacity. Nearly all the inks were cut with soft hand extenders and softeners and were printed wet-on-wet wherever appropriate. We pre- ironed or pressed all the garments to start out with a smooth base and post ironed after any flashing with a smoothing screen to matte down the fibers. We used these methods and considered a multitude of ad- ditional processes to soften prints and aid in a smooth, clean drape. We added what we call a step screen with craft paper to step on the wet inks and lift off much of the deposit to create a matte finish. This was one brand of three we work with for this client several times per year. When we do the math, that's a whole lotta development. But, fortunately, everything has multiple techniques in common which makes the job a bit more manageable and merchandises nicely as well. PW At the age of 21, Lon R. Winters was the Production Manager for Ocean Pacific. He learned screen printing from the ground up, starting his 30+ year career reclaiming screens. His companies have won more than 50 international, SGIA, industry publication and FESPA garment decorating awards and honors, has served over 15 years as an honorary Golden Image Judge, published hundreds of articles and columns, led a multitude of industry seminars and workshops, and consulted on projects large and small throughout the world. He is a master creative problem solver. Winters is the president and founder of Colorado- based Graphic Elephants, an international consulting firm and apparel decoration studio specializing in screen printing technical advances, plant design, layout, troubleshooting, productivity, quality analysis and complete apparel decorating solutions. He was inducted into the Academy of Screen Printing Technology (ASDPT) in 2013 and is recognized for his contribution to the graphic printing industry. Learn more at Although there were a variety of different styles for T-shirts, they were limited in color which made the project a bit more manageable. 866.402.7450 866.402.7450 THE AWARD-WINNING RICOH Ri 1000 SGIA Product of the Year, Direct to Garment Printers (Black Shirt) Call for a FREE Deluxe Sample Pack

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