Misprint Monday: Out Damn Spot; Fun with Garment Dyed Shirts

We have posted before on the Ink Kitchen on what you can do about ink spots on garment dyed shirts.  Check it out here. The short answer, is “not much.” The shirts are wonderful and customers love the feel and the colors, but the dye system that makes them wonderful also gives printers problems. One of those problems is that cured plastisol ink cannot usually be
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How to be a Better Printer: Spend a Little $ Wisely

Question: Our printing doesn’t seem to be getting better, what are the best ways to go about improving our printing abilities?   Answer: My two cents? Stop being penny wise and pound foolish. Saving twenty dollars and buying a gallon of inexpensive but inferior emulsion is a terrible idea. Inferior emulsions don’t have the resolution of most of the more expensive emulsions because they don’t
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How’s It Printed: Grandwheels Los Angeles

We were asked by SanMar to create and print a design with their new Port & Company® – Essential Pigment-Dyed Tee – PC099.  Distressed graphics printed with discharge ink would always be my first choice when working with pigment-dyed tees as the soft hand and subtle “grunge” is a natural fit for the washed and faded look inherent to the garment.  The only problem with this approach is, depending on the manufacturer’s
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Misprint Monday – Fun with Garment Dyed Shirts

Can you fix a garment dyed shirt that has a pinhole or smudge of ink on it? Short answer: No. An ounce of prevention is worth…in this case an infinite amount of cure. My pals at Albatross said they would be millionaires if they had a spot cleaning product for this application. They have all kinds of things to take out sewing machine oil and
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Mis-print Monday. Out Damn Spot. Sorry, not.

A garment dyed shirt is a wonderful thing, comfortable and they come in beautiful colors. However, there are a few limitations that go along with these shirts and one is that you cannot remove the ink if you make a mistake. Best practices for garment dyed shirts: 1. Use a good emulsion 2. Get a thorough exposure 3. Carefully “pinhole” the screens and put tape on
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Don’t Be a Cheap Bastard

Stop being penny wise and pound foolish. Saving twenty dollars and buying a gallon of inexpensive but inferior emulsion is a terrible idea. Inferior emulsions don’t have the resolution of most of the more expensive emulsions because they don’t have the solids content. Without the resolution you will you lose detail in your printing.   As for the cost, consider that with inferior emulsions you
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Gildan Buys Comfort Colors!

Holy Cow, Vermont company Comfort Color is now part of the Gildan empire. Entrepreneur and genuine character Barry Chouinard (owner of Comfort Colors) should be able to buy a little more apple cider this week after selling his company for $100 million to industry giant Gildan. Reported as well was that Gildan lost over $40 million on the last quarter of 2014. If you buy
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