Image Armor Oeko-Tex Eco Passport Certified Products Image Armor

Image Armor Pretreatments Now Oeko-Tex ECO PASSPORT Certified

Image Armor DTG Pretreatments Oeko-Tex Certified

Image Armor Oeko-Tex Eco Passport Certified Products Image Armor

Image Armor is proud to announce that both the Image Armor LIGHT and ULTRA Shirt Formulas are now officially Oeko-Tex Eco Passport certified. 

ECO PASSPORT by OEKO-TEX® is an independent testing and certification system for chemicals, colourants and auxiliaries used to manufacture textiles.

A three-stage verification process analyses whether the chemical products and each individual ingredient meet specific requirements with regard to sustainability, safety and compliance with statutory regulations.

  • Stage 1:
    Restricted Substance List (RSL) and Manufacturing Restricted Substance List (MRSL) screening
  • Stage 2:
    Analytical verification performed in an OEKO-TEX® member institute laboratory

Image Armor products are available worldwide and dealers can be found here.

The Pretreatment Dance - an article about using the right amount of DTG pretreatment - Brian Walker

The Pretreatment Dance

The Pretreatment Dance – What is the Right Amount of DTG Pretreatment?

The Pretreatment Dance - an article about using the right amount of DTG pretreatment - Brian Walker

A very often asked question in Direct To Garment printing is “How much pretreatment do I need to apply to the shirt?”. For the new DTG printer (and those who’ve printed for a while) this is a very good question. Those asking the question are often frustrated by my response – “It Depends”. 

To help understand how much pretreatment that needs to be applied, we wrote an article for Printwear Magazine in December of 2018. It should be a required read for anyone starting out in DTG printing. 

See the entire article here.

RTP Apparel has 3 Year Shelf Life

Image Armor Gives RTP Apparel Shirts a Longer Shelf Life

Image Armor Gives RTP Apparel a Longer Shelf Life - 3+ Years

Image Armor is proud to announce that our partnership with RTP Apparel, the world's first mass produced DTG Ready To Print apparel, has provided these garments with a longevity that no one else can match to date.

We have been asked on a regular basis how long the shelf life is for an RTP Apparel brand of DTG Ready To Print shirt. In the past we've joked that we have not yet found a shelf life. In saying this, it has been true. We have not yet found a shelf life for the RTP branded shirts.

This morning we decided to pull a shirt from our original batch from the 1st quarter of 2016 and print it to see the results. We followed all of our standard procedures of pre-pressing the shirt to remove any and all moisture prior to printing. 

We printed on an Epson F2000 with OEM inks, set the White and Color LEVELS to 2 as we normally do for our prints with that ink set. This is the result that we got.

As can be seen, the shirt printed perfectly well after sitting on our shelf for 3 YEARS (actually more than three years, but who's counting?). The whites were white and the print looks fantastic.

That is the beauty of our RTP Apparel shirts. Not only were we the first to bring Ready To Print DTG apparel to the industry on a big scale with multiple colors and styles, but we are also the original and can claim a shelf life. 

So, anyone telling you that the pretreatment is only good for 6 months or you need to use the shirt as soon as possible or it may not be good is just plain wrong. We proved that with this print. 

We do suggest using the shirts as soon as possible. Not because of a shelf life, but because if you have shirts sitting on your shelf for more than three years you have bigger problems with your business to worry about than the shelf life of a shirt.

3+ Year Shelf Life for RTP Apparel Shirts Made Possible by Image Armor Technology

Image Armor in Italy DoctorPlotter

Image Armor Products Available in Italy Through DoctorPlotter.com

Image Armor in Italy DoctorPlotter

Image Armor is proud to announce that we have additional distribution in Italy for the Image Armor product line. DoctorPlotter.com now carries the full line of Image Armor pretreatment solutions and inks.

Located in Giaveno Italy, DoctorPlotter.com carries a wide array of direct to garment supplies. Our new distributor carries the Image Armor F-Series inks for the Epson F-2000/2100 DTG printers as well as the B-Series inks for the Brother GT3 series of injet printers. They also sell a variety of addition products such as heat presses, print heads, maintenance stations, plotters, printers and more. Additional information can be found at www.doctorplotter.com or by emailing them at shop@doctorplotter.com.

 

 

DTG Tips and Tricks PT Tube Holder

Image Armor DTG Tips & Tricks – Pretreatment Tube Holder

Direct To Garment Tips & Tricks - Pretreatment Tube Holder

Most people just open their pretreatment container, stick the supply tube for the PT machine into the container and forget about it. But often times these tubes are curled and will want to "pop" or flop out of the pretreatment solution. So what is a Direct To Garment printer to do?

Simple. Make a DIY pretreatment tube holder in a short time that will keep your pretreatment supply tube in place, submerged and keep your pretreatment cleaner (no lint, shirt fibers, or dust and dirt). Watch our DTG Tips & Tricks video to see what and how we did it.

Image Armor Pretreatments Certified CPSIA Compliant - Lead Free- Prop 65 Certified - Phthalate Free

Image Armor Pretreatments Certified CPSIA and Prop65 Compliant, Phthalate Free, and Lead Free

Image Armor Pretreatments Certified CPSIA Compliant - Lead Free- Prop 65 Certified - Phthalate Free

Image Armor is proud to announce in our effort to be as environmentally conscious as possible that all of our pretreatments have recently passed a battery of tests and have been found to be compliant with the following:

  • CPSIA Compliant - Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act
  • California Prop65 Complinat
  • 100% Lead Free
  • 100% Phthalate Free

Now, you can use our pretreatments with more peace of mind knowing we are in line with some of the strictest compliance regulations in the United States. We are completely Lead and Phthalate free resulting in our compliance with Proposition 65. 

DTG with the best, and one of the only few truly compliant and tested pretreatments available specifically for direct to garment printing. For further questions please feel free to contact us.

If you need the Letter of Compliance for your records you can download it here.

What's in your pretreat? We know. We've Tested It.

Axiom America Now Carrying Image Armor DTG Pretreatments

Axiom America Newest Image Armor Dealer with Locations in California and North Carolina

Axiom America Now Carrying Image Armor DTG PretreatmentsImage Armor is proud to announce that Axiom America is one of our newest DTG pretreatment dealers. Axiom America has offices in High Point, North Carolina as well as Irwindale, California. They sell the Brother GTX direct to garment printers as well as embroidery,  sublimation printers, lasers, other supplies garment decorating supplies and equipment.

Started in 2004, Axiom has been a nationwide leader in decoration technologies that help companies seize the opportunities of tomorrow by combining best of breed products with unparalleled technical support and manufacturing consulting. They are highly involved in the sublimation and Direct To Garment printing industry and Image Armor is excited to have the entire Axiom team covering the Mid-Atlantic and Eastern Los Angeles area.

Axiom America can be contacted at their North Carolina office in High Point at (336) 882-8729 or at the California Irwindale office at 800-697-6523 or locally at (336) 882-8983.

The Image Armor products are available on their website at www.axiomamerica.com.

 

B-Series DTG Inks for Brother GT3

Image Armor B-Series Inks Now Available in Canada Through DTGInkCanada.com

Brother GT3 B-Series Inks for DTG printing

Image Armor B-Series Inks Now Available in Canada Through DTGInkCanada.com

The Image Armor B-Series inks, which are a third party ink solution for the Brother GT3 DTG printer, are now available in Canada through DTGInksCanada.com based out of Manitoba. These inks feature the same cure time and color characteristics of the original OEM inks.

The B-Series inks are a drop in bag replacement and not an entire cartridge. The original OEM cartridges are used, opened and the original OEM bag removed. The new 380cc B-Series bags are inserted into the cart, the cartridge is then closed up and used in the printer like normal.

It is highly recommended to not mix the OEM and Image Armor B-Series Inks and the white inks should be replaced when the weekly flushing routine is finished and white ink is ready to be reloaded into the printer. The CMYK can be loaded behind the OEM and filled with an Initial Cleaning. See our PDF on converting the  B-SERIES Inks Conversion Document – PDF Version.

For more information and to purchase visit www.dtginkcanada.com or by calling 204-505-5440.

Image Armor Inks in Russia

Image Armor Inks Take Over Russia

Image Armor Inks in Russia

Image Armor Inks Take Over Russia

Image Armor is proud to announce that GarmentInks.ru located in Moscow, Russia is now carrying the entire line of Image Armor pretreatments as well as the E-Series inks for Epson repurposed printers. 

Now DTG printers located throughout Russia can utilize Garmentinks.ru to purchase the direct to garment industry’s best and fastest curing white DTG ink on the market. Any DTG printer with a DX5 or DX7 printhead can gain the benefits of increased wash durability and a 35 second white ink cure time with the Image Armor E-Series inks.

Garmentinks.ru is also carrying the full line of Image Armor pretreatments. The LIGHT Shirt Formula is designed mainly for CMYK printing on white and light colored 100% cotton, blends and 100% polyester fabrics which increases wash durability, reduces dot gain which increases vibrancy and detail. So printing CMYK on 100% polyester is no longer an issue and results in prints that look and wash like sublimation but all from your DTG printer! 

The DARK Shirt Formula and ULTRA Shirt Formulas are designed for white ink printing on mid to dark colored shirts. Both formulations increase the wash durability and make DTG printing easier with a wider application window and giving increased print sharpness.

Garmentinks.ru can be found at their website or by calling +7 (499) 490-5274 or dropping them an email at sales@garmentinks.ru.

Midwest Sign Supply becomes Newest Image Armor Dealer

Midwest Sign and Screen Printing Supplies Brings Wider Distribution to Image Armor Products

 

Midwest Sign Supply becomes Newest Image Armor DealerIMAGE ARMOR PRETREATMENTS GAINS WIDER DISTRIBUTION THROUGHOUT THE U.S.

Image Armor is proud to announce the addition of our newest distributing partner, Midwest Sign & Screen Printing Supply Co. Midwest will carry the entire line of Image Armor pretreatments in their 10 locations located in California, Colorado, Indiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wisconsin. Midwest has been a leading distributor since 1932.

Midwest is a full line Screen Printing, Sign and Direct to Garment wholesale supplier that serves a geographically wide area of the United States. With 10 different locations throughout the country the Image Armor product line will be more readily available to customers with shorter deliver times.

For more information you can visit the Midwest website at www.midwestsign.com or by calling Midwest at 800-328-6592. Additional information can be found on the Image Armor website at www.imagearmorpt.com