|October 26th, 2013
Image Armor Takes SGIA by Storm
Many of those who stopped by the booth were impressed with the increase in wash ability of Image Armor. By extending the life of the white ink DTG prints by up to 50% or more over leading pretreatment brands, Image Armor is making DTG printing easier and more accessible.
All American was gracious enough to host Image Armor in their booth where we were able to hand out samples of the new “miracle juice” as some have called Image Armor. And a special thank you to Jacque the Image Armor Girl who helped handle the multitudes of people wanting more information.
Not only were we handing out samples of Image Armor, but Image Armor was used to help showcase the new Aeoon direct to garment printer that can print hundreds of shirts per hour with white ink.
Thank you to everyone who stopped by at SGIA to say hello, to those that have already tried Image Armor and loved it, and especially to All American for hosting us in their booth.
|100% White Polyester Printing on Brother DTG
If you want to get sublimation like prints from your Brother direct to garment printer, it is now possible with Image Armor.We used a Sport-Tek 100% polyester shirt and pretreated with Image Armor (18 grams in this example) and the results were absolutely incredible – rivaling that of sublimation at a fraction of the cost of sublimation.
We did absolutely nothing different in the printing process with this print. As you can see in the image below that the left side was NOT pretreated while the right side was pretreated with Image Armor Dark Shirt Formula. The pretreatment was then heat set with two presses at 330F for 20 seconds each at a light pressure. The light pressure keeps the traditional lines from the paper and heat press from permanently being set into the fabric of the shirt (this is a well known issue with sublimation leaving transfer paper marks and heat press marks in the fabric). The shirt was printed on a GT-541 garment printer with a vivid setting of 3 and then heat set for 35 seconds at 356F. You can see the image below there is a VERY significant different between the left side and the right side. The treated (right) side has a very significant color intensity vibrancy as compared to the straight print on the left side with no pretreatment.
What this means to you is that if you own a Brother series direct to garment printer you will find that you can seriously expand your sales into the performance fabric market. Obviously you will still need to do some testing as various polyester types may behave differently and perform differently, however the results are well worth the effort.
You can find a dealer for Image Armor near you by checking out our PURCHASE page.
Update 10/31/13: 15 Washes and Drying
Below is a picture of the 100% polyester shirt form above that was printed with a Brother printer using JUST CMYK inks and our Dark Shirt Formula. As you can see, 15 washing and drying cycles and the image still looks almost like the original un-washed version. This definitely gives your sublimation a run as a viable alternative solution.
|What We Printed
In our continuing efforts to educate our customers, we wanted to show a Hanes Nano T in Lime Green printed with Image Armor Dark Shirt Formula.The shirt was pretreated with 18 grams of Image Armor Dark Shirt Formula, and heat set 2x presses for 20 seconds at 330F. We utilized a teflon cover sheet for best results on the surface of the shirt.The print itself, had the CMYK ink volume cut back to keep excessive amounts of CMYK ink being deposited onto the white ink surface. If too much CMYK is deposited, the ink will pool and need to go somewhere – think of it like pouring water onto a glass table top – it will want to run somewhere because there’s too much ink. When printing on the nice smooth surface of the white ink base, you don’t need a LOT of CMYK deposited to get good coverage.
Again, variations of where the T-Shirts are manufactured may have “non-ideal’ water supplies and how the shirts are processed can affect the pretreatment resulting in discolorations. This will be up to the end user to test and find what works best for them.
|We here at Image Armor are constantly trying to improve our products, bring new products to our customers, and help our customers understand the various aspects of pretreating that are often misunderstood.In this article we are going to take a look at the wash fastness of Image Armor and the various amounts of pretreatment applied – and how those affect wash ability.In this test we are utilizing the following settings / items:
The Image to the left/above is a photo of the image printed on the shirt, full image, pre-washed. This is our control shirt.
The Image to the right is an extreme closeup of the pre-washed shirt. This shows the incredible detail that direct to garment printing can provide, while showcasing the effectiveness of Image Armor Dark Shirt Formula.
We will be updating this post as we get wash test results after 1 wash, 5 wash, 10 wash, etc.
FIRST WASHING RESULTS 10/15/13
The above picture is after a single washing (all shirts laid next to each other and photographed at the same time – the lighting does give some variation in the shirt/print colors). The far left image (Original) is the original shirt, unwashed, 18 grams of Image Armor applied. The middle is 10 grams, the right, 27 grams. There was no noticeable color loss or image quality loss on quality. We will be posting close ups at the 5 wash point as well as another photo like the above.
WASHING RESULTS: 2X – 10/15/13
WASHING RESULTS: 10X – 10/16/13
WASHING RESULTS: 15X – 10/21/13
WASHING RESULTS: 26+X – 10/31/13
|Image Armor Dark Shirt Formula is now available in 5 gallon totes (20 liters) for those that do more volume and require more pretreatment to keep their shops printing. Available from all our distributors and ready for shipment, the 5 gallon tote of Image Armor is ready to use right out of the container. No more mixing, no worrying about your water quality affecting the performance of the pretreatment. Just spray, cure, and print.Plus with Image Armor’s brand new formulation, it is definitely unlike anything else you have tried. A wider application window means you don’t have to apply the “exact” amount to get a good, wash fastness print. More is actually better with Image Armor, so if you are pretreating by hand with a Wagner power sprayer it makes getting a good pretreated shirt a cinch. When in doubt, add a little more…In addition, there’s little to no crystallization when the shirt is heat pressed to cure the pretreatment. Reduce or eliminate that ugly, unsightly pretreatment mark on the shirt prior to printing.Image Armor is ready to help you Protect Your Image. Check out our distributors list to find out where you can purchase it today. Hurry! Our special pricing is only good through October 31st, 2013!|
|We wanted to thank EVERYONE who has tried Image Armor and who have come back to us with glowing reports on how it has helped them increase their effectiveness in Direct to Garment white ink printing. From making it easier to apply to a garment and taking the guess work out of how much to apply – everyone has found white ink DTG printing has become easier with Image Armor. What is the secret to Image Armor’s success?There are many reasons why Image Armor is setting the new standard for white ink DTG pretreating. However, one reason is that we really care about our end customers and the quality products they produce. It is our job to help you Protect Your Image. In helping you produce the best printing – pretreated surface possible, we go to extraordinary lengths to ensure that our entire process is controlled. This control gives the highest quality, purist product we can provide.
A great product begins with a great foundation, and Image Armor pretreatment begins with our state of the art water purification system. We are able to produce an extremely large volume of pure water every day that is free from chemicals and other impurities that can and does affect the final pretreatment mixture. Many other manufacturers don’t go to the extremes that Image Armor does to ensure you get the best product. This is just another reason that makes a difference…
We think like you do. You want to provide your customers with the best possible printed product. We want to provide you,our customers, with the best possible pretreatment solution. Your success is our success.
And we won’t stop working to help you Protect Your Image.
Image Armor is heading into the fall season with a full frontal campaign to let everyone know about our new products that are literally changing the Direct to Garment industry. Here are a couple of screen shots from the digital pages as well as our presence in the industry trade magazines. Our intent is to make sure that every single white ink DTG decorator knows the value of using Image Armor. Help us Protect Your Image. Tell your friends!