A freshly printed shirt is wet to the touch and will air dry. To maintain durability and the industries best washability, you must cure the garment with a heat press or conveyor dryer.
Best washability in the industry:
By now you must know the F2000 offers the highest rating in garment decorating washability. UltraChrome ink in conjunction with Epson pretreat yields as good or better durability than properly cured screen printing.
Non-Toxic Certified Ink and Pre-treat:
Epson is the only DTG manufacture that offers Oeko-Tex certified ink and pretreat. These products “pass the requirements of Oeko-Tex Standard 100 for human ecological requirements of Class 1 products for adults, children, and babies up to 36 months.”
Curing Garment With a Heat Press:
A high quality heat press is essential to ensure proper curing of DTG prints. Low quality heat presses often do not maintain consistent heat throughout the heating element resulting in inconsistent curing and poor washability. Melco sells Hotronix heat presses because they are the extremely high quality and durable, plus Epson uses them and that means Melco sells them. You can view our presses, available for a discount, at www.shopmelco.com
Heat Press Settings:
It is highly recommended you use upper and lower platen covers on your heat press. Additionally you will need a teflon sheet, parchment or baking paper, to gently lay on top of the garment between the print and heating element. You can purchase paper here.
Heat Press Temp – 338°F/170°C
|White Only||45 sec/1-3 PSI|
|Color Only||45 sec/1-3 PSI|
|White & Color||75 sec/1-3 PSI|
Note: Heavy ink loads may require longer press times
When laying down white ink first, hover or lay your heating element on top of the print for 20 seconds before applying full pressure. This will allow the ink to flash cure and avoid smearing or distorting of your print.
Curing Garment With Conveyor Dryer:
Conveyor dryers are a smart way to increase efficiency and add speed to your production environment. You can read my article on this topic here. Conveyor dryer final results are often preferable to heat press curing. Conveyor dryers allow for a slight hand to the print, less of a heat transfer feel, and helps maintain color vibrancy. Your dryer should be forced air for quickest cure. You can view our full line of conveyor dryer options here.
Conveyor Dryer Settings:
Heat Conveyer Temp – 320°F/160°C
|White Only||3.5 to 4.5 min|
|Color Only||3.5 to 4.5 min|
|White & Color||4.5 to 5.0 min|
Note: For heat conveyers the temperature refers to the surface of the garment not the equipment setting. Surface temperature should not exceed 356F (180C).
Use your conveyor dryer to cure your wet pre-treated shirts!
- Epson F2000 offers best washability and is non-toxic.
- Use high quality heat press for curing and use parchment paper and platen covers.
- Use forced air conveyor dryer for speed and higher quality results.
Email me with questions.
John R. LeDrew • DTG Director • Melco International