Are Your Inks and Pretreatments Safe for Kids?

CPSIA-Tested-and-Compliant-Inks-and-PT-Collection-600pxImage Armor is committed to bringing you the best and safest products. This is why we ask – Do you know what’s in your inks and pretreatments?

If you are printing DTG products for children 12 years old or younger, you may or may not be aware of the Consumer Product Safety Act of 2008. The products need to be certified that they are safe for children, but what does this really mean?

Basically, CPSIA “Certification means the issuance of a written Children’s Product Certificate in which the manufacturer, importer, or private labeler certifies that its children’s product complies with all applicable children’s product safety rules.”. Our entire line of pretreatments and E-SERIES inks have been tested for lead and soluble heavy metals such as cadmium, arsenic, mercury, etc. and were found to be in compliance with the 2008 federal act.  This is a distinction that some other ink and pretreatment manufacturers can not claim.

So, if you are printing shirts for children under the age of 12, the entire Image Armor line of products is compliant and will help keep your products safe for children when used as directed.

The CPSIA compliance was something that Image Armor wanted to do for oRoHS-Compliant-Logour customers as a proactive stance. We believe it was in our customer’s best interest to be able to show that the components we use to manufacture our products can be used to help create a finished product that are safe for kids when used in conjunction with CPSIA tested garments.

The entire Image Armor line of products was also tested and is RoHS compliant. RoHS certification ensures that the Image Armor products do not exceed the limits allowed for the substances banned under RoHS, which include lead (Pb), mercury (Hg), cadmium (Cd), hexavalent chromium (CrVI), polybrominated biphenyls (PBB), polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE), and four different phthalates (DEHP, BBP, BBP, DIBP).

So, the real question is… What’s in your pretreatment and inks?

MESA Supplies now selling Image Armor DTG E-SERIES Inks

MESA Supplies Now Carrying Image Armor Inks and Pretreatments

MESA Supplies now selling Image Armor DTG E-SERIES Inks

MESA Supplies NOW Carrying Image Armor E-SERIES Inks

Image Armor is proud to announce that MESA Supplies of Fort Worth, TX is now carrying the Image Armor E-SERIES inks and pretreatments.

MESA is a direct distributor of apparel decorating supplies and accessories, specializing in DTG and is located in the Southwest United States. This allows for more customers to achieve next day shipping on DTG inks and pretreatments for all those last minute needs.

Image Armor inks can help take your Direct To Garment business to the next level with an incredible 35 second white ink cure time, better wash fastness and white ink "stretchiness". These factors result in a much higher quality end print. When used in conjunction with the Image Armor pretreatments, the DTG printing business just got closer to achieving screen printing quality from a digital printer.

MESA can be contacted by calling 800-330-3867 and pressing Option 3 or by visiting their website at www.mesasupplies.com.

 

How Does DTG Printed Polyester Wash?

IA-ULTRA-and-LIGHT-Front-Mirrored-OriginalWe often get the question about our DTG pretreatments and 100% polyester printing in regards to how well the printed shirts hold up in the wash. Typically non-pretreated polyester fabrics will results in very poor quality prints that are fuzzy and do not wash well. However, when properly pretreated with the correct pretreatment you can achieve sublimation like looking DTG prints.

An interesting aspect of this article is that we utilized 100% white polyester garments pretreated with both the LIGHT Shirt formula as well as the ULTRA Dark Shirt Formula. Normally we would never utilize the ULTRA on a white or light colored garment as the pretreatment would yellow the shirt when heat is applied. However, we’ve discovered it appears that this is only in garments that have natural fibers in the fabric. On fabrics that have 100% polyester content we have achieved great results with both the LIGHT and ULTRA pretreatments. We do however still encourage all users to do testing prior to any production run to ensure they are achieving the results they desire.

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This option of using either LIGHT or ULTRA pretreatment will ultimately open up additional avenues of printable garments for the DTG decorator. It will allow the choice of using either the LIGHT Shirt Formula or the ULTRA Shirt Formula. In our test we applied 18 grams of pretreatment to the Sport-tek ST350 white 100% polyester shirt and heat cured that pretreatment for 35 seconds at 330F. The shirts were printed with our Image Armor E-SERIES DTG inks though we have also successfully achieved the same results with other ink sets. The E-SERIES inks were then cured via heat press for 35 seconds at 356F with light pressure.

As can be seen in the photo (click on the side-by-side comparison for a much larger version) there was minimal loss of actual color after 15+ washes of the garment. These were washed with Tide detergent with hot water and then dried on the hot setting.

So, if you want to achieve sublimation like prints with your DTG printer and do not have a sublimation system in your shop, try utilizing the Image Armor LIGHT Shirt Formula or ULTRA pretreatments to increase your DTG offerings to your customers. Now you can achieve great wash results with your direct-to-garment printer on 100% white polyester fabrics without the fear of them washing our or looking blurry.

You can find an Image Armor dealer near you by visiting our Purchase page.

Come to Atlantic City to What’s New with Image Armor

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The Long Beach ISS is done and gone and we are now looking forward to the March 17th-19th Atlantic City Imprinted Sportswear Show. Make sure to stop by our booth #613 to see how the new Image Armor E-SERIES inks can change your DTG printing business. Also witness the results that our Image Armor LIGHT and ULTRA pretreatments can give your pretreated shirts and improve wash fastness and even allow you to print 100% white polyester with sublimation like effects! We look forward to seeing you there.

iPrint Shirts Gets a Visit From Santa Early on the 4th Business Day of Christmas

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jaxscreenprint-12-days-selecteeMerry Christmas iPrint Shirts! It’s December 14th and the 4th Business Day of Christmas in our Christmas Give-Away!

Today’s Selectee was Anton Wiranata of iPrint Shirts located in Jacksonville, FL.  Anton will be receiving a complete Image Armor Ink and Pretreatment change over kit containing a Liter of each our E-Series DTG inks (white and CMYK) as well as Cleaning Solution and a gallon of ULTRA Pretreatment. This will ship out to him after the holidays so he can make good use of the slow time after Christmas.

Even though it is only a little over a week away from Christmas it is definitely still not too late to have a chance to be selected to receive a conversion kit. I’ve been accused of being Buddy the Elf and bringing holiday cheer to the DTG industry. You can still visit our SIGN UP page to get your name thrown into the hat to be on Santa’s NICE list this year. You have until December 23rd to sign up. There’s no obligation to submit your picture. You can even request to be anonymous if you win (we understand…) – but we want you to help spread some holiday cheer. So spread the word….. there are still 8 Business Days of Christmas left!

Name of the Day – 1st Business Day of Christmas Begins

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12-Business-Days-of-Christmas-Selectee---Day-1---Kenan-CanalesIt’s December 9th and the 1st Business Day of Christmas in our Christmas Give-Away!

Today’s Selectee was Kenan Canales of Excelsior! Digital Apparel in N. Kansas City Missouri.  Kenan will be receiving a complete Image Armor Ink and Pretreatment change over kit containing a Liter of each our E-Series DTG inks (white and CMYK) as well as Cleaning Solution and a gallon of ULTRA Pretreatment. This will ship out to him after the holidays so he can make good use of the slow time after Christmas.

There’s still time for you to enter and have a chance to be selected to receive a conversion kit for free. It’s just our way of spreading some holiday business cheer. Visit our SIGN UP page to get your name thrown into the hat to be on Santa’s NICE list this year. You have until December 23rd to sign up. There’s no obligation to submit your picture. You can even request to be anonymous if you win (we know some people are shy) – but we want to help spread some holiday cheer. So spread the word….. there are still 11 Business Days of Christmas left!

 

Image Armor Christmas Ink Give Away

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It’s the 12 Business Days of Christmas Give Away!

Image Armor is going to be giving away 12 complete change over kits of our popular E-SERIES inks starting December 9th, 2015!

That’s right – giving away complete ink change over kits…. It’s our way of saying Merry Christmas to twelve lucky people!

So , if you’ve been thinking about changing over to Image Armor but haven’t had the time, or have just been waiting, now is the time to make the jump! Selected individuals will be chosen to receive a complete change over kit. It’s our way of saying MERRY CHRISTMAS!

This kit will include 1 liter of E-SERIES white ink, 1 liter each CMYK, 1 gallon of ULTRA dark shirt pretreatment for white inks, and a 1 liter of our Image Armor CLEANING Solution to flush out your old inks. Everything you need to start using our inks if you use a bulk ink system (this is the only way we are giving away our inks is in bulk – no bag systems – sorry).

One lucky individual per day will be selected and revealed starting December 9th, 2015 and a new one selected each business day thereafter until December 24th, 2015.  The earlier you enter, the more opportunity you have to be selected – so don’t wait until the 23rd of December….. that just means you missed the previous 11 gifts given!

HOW DO YOU QUALIFY?

To be eligible you must meet the following:

  • Have a legitimate DTG business and web site – we verify both or you might end up on the NAUGHTY list.
  • Have never used Image Armor E-SERIES ink – but want to try them at NO COST (again – liars end up on the NAUGHTY list)
  • Must send us last 3 copies of invoices showing the “competitors” inks you’ve purchased (prior to November 26th, 2015)
  • Must send a picture of you and your DTG printer in your shop. You don’t have to wear a Santa hat – but it makes it more fun! And, with the winners permission we will be posting pictures daily of our winners!
  • You must reside and have your business in the United States.
  • Fill out and send in the form below.

We will be selecting individuals from our list of recipients, and your chances of being selected depend on how many people sign up. This is NOT a contest, but do sign up early to have more chances to be selected! If you’ve been thinking about switching to Image Armor, take a chance on being able to do it between Christmas and New Year’s this holiday season.

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