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.

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

100% Red Polyester DTG printing with Image Armor ULTRA

100% Red Polyester Printing with Image Armor ULTRA

100% Red Polyester Printing with Image Armor ULTRA

PRINTING 100% POLYESTER WITH IMAGE ARMOR ULTRA

We've been hearing a lot lately about this pretreatment, this ink, etc. that will allow us to print on polyester fabrics. For the last 4 years Image Armor pretreatments have allowed this to be accomplished. Fortunately with over the past several years we've had additional advancements with inks that also helps make printing on 100% polyester fabrics easier.

Yes, Virginia, That's Red 100% Polyester
We are working on a series of posts / information to help people be able to print on 100% polyester easier with the Image Armor ULTRA pretreatment. The beauty of this is that there is NO NEED for additional pretreatments to accomplish this process. Image Armor has been able to accomplish a cross platform of fabric from 100% Cotton to 100% polyester printing with A SINGLE PRETREATMENT. Even on RED polyester - which everyone knows is the worst possible candidate for DTG printing and white ink.

So, What Did We Do?
First, we utilized the Gildan 64000 100% polyester shirts. These shirts work well for certain DTG printing as other brands also may work. You'll have to do your OWN testing and experimentation as with ANY procedure to find what works best in your shop. We are only providing this information as a gateway - a starting point - for you to begin your polyester pretreating endeavors.

Viper MAXX pretreatment machine100% POLYESTER RED DTG PRINTING

  • We pretreated with Image Armor ULTRA Ready To Use pretreatment.
  • We printed with the Gildan 64000 100% polyester shirt.
  • We pretreated the shirt with the Viper MAXX pretreatment machine (a setting of 60 for Fluid Application on the MAXX)
  • We applied approximately 30 grams of pretreatment to the shirt (for a 14" x 14" area)
  • We heat pressed  using a Stahl's Hotronix Air Fusion. First we hover cured for 1 minute about 1/4" off the shirt @ 265F. Then Heat pressed at 20psi for 20 seconds, let steam out, then repressed again for 20 seconds.
  • PRINTED THE SHIRT:
    • We printed on the Epson F2000
    • We printed using Image Armor F-SERIES inks (though you can also use OEM inks)
    • We set the driver settings to
      • Print Quality for White - Level 2
      • Print Quality for CMYK - Level 3
      • Bumped the white laydown up to 55% (additional white ink printed)
      • Set it to a level 5
  • Curing the Shirt
    • Hover the heat press over the wet ink for 1 minute with a distance of 1/4" off the shirt.
    • Heat pressed the shirt on the lowest pressure using a Stahl's Hotronix at 265F. We pressed 3 cycles of 30 seconds each.

Washing the shirt was done on medium temperature water with detergent, but for drying it was only tumble dried - NEVER HOT AIR DRY THE SHIRTS. This will prematurely break down the ink film.

SEVEN WASHES IN AND STILL COUNTING
You can see in our photo to the right here that we are 7 washes into the process and the image still looks great and virtually no breakdown on the ink film.  There was a significant amount of "boxing" from the pretreatment on the shirt prior to washing. This did washout after the first wash or two. We know that many people will balk at this because you can't give a customer a shirt with the pretreatment box on it. We understand. However, this is the option at the moment for printing on RED polyester. On a black shirt you will not see the box as visibly or at all. We wanted to show the WORST case scenario here with a RED polyester shirt.

The closeup picture (at the top of the page) show the actual printed quality much better. Not only did we not get any real dye migration the print still looks great. We are continually working on doing additional testing but you'll be able to see that the print still looks good. Additional heat press cycles of 4 or 5 cycles might be more advantageous than just pressing the three times that we did here. This will allow the ink to "set" a little better and most likely give a longer product life cycle.

CONCLUSION
Printing on 100% polyester has been able to be done for years now, but there is still no magic bullet that gets rid of all the current issues associated with polyester printing (dye migration, pretreatment boxing, etc). However, it is possible to successfully complete the process as we've shown here in our example.

A little care in pretreating and printing with additional in house testing by DTG shops that want to print polyester will find that this information will be a good starting point.

It's not just the inks or pretreatments that make 100% polyester printing a possibility. It is actually a combination of many factors that go beyond ink and pretreatment - the process.  So, if anyone tells you polyester printing can only be done with their printer, with only their inks sets, only their pretreatments.... they are lying to you for one reason or another. If anyone tells you they are the only ones that will let you DTG 100% polyester they're giving you a line of BS.

We wanted to show it is possible and has been for several years utilizing the Image Armor pretreatments. Can you do it with other pretreatments? Maybe. But we can do 100% cotton or 100% polyester with a single pretreatment.

If you need to purchase Image Armor ULTRA you can find a dealer nearest you on our DISTRIBUTOR page.

 

 

 

 

Trigon Imaging Solutions Image Armor Dealer

Trigon Imaging Solutions the Newest Image Armor Pretreatment Dealer

TRIGON IMAGING SOLUTIONS THE NEWEST IMAGE ARMOR PRETREATMENT DEALER

Trigon Imaging Solutions Image Armor DealerTRIGON IMAGING SOLUTIONS THE NEWEST IMAGE ARMOR PRETREATMENT DEALER

Image Armor Pretreatments is excited to announce that Trigon Image Solutions is the newest dealer for the Image Armor line of pretreatments.

Trigon Imaging Solutions is located in Milford, Oh (south of Columbus and east of Cincinnati) and is a full service center for wide format printers, UV printers, laminators, engravers, cutters, supplies and more. Their product line also includes the Epson F2100 series Direct To Garment printers and supplies.

The Image Armor pretreatments are a great substitute for the original Epson OEM pretreatments. Image Armor ULTRA is a one stop solution for white ink printing on dark garments for everything from 100% cotton to even printing on 100% polyester.

For more information or to order contact Trigon at 877-319-3359 or visit their offices at 575 Chamber Dr, Milford, OH 45150, or by calling (877) 319-3359.

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.

 

 

Image Armor Oeko-Tex Eco Passport Certified Products Image Armor

Image Armor LIGHT and ULTRA Shirt Formulas Oeko-Tex Eco Passport Certified

Image Armor Oeko-Tex Eco Passport Certified Products Image ArmorNew Philadelphia, Ohio March 8th, 2019 – Image Armor is thrilled to announce that our IA Light and Ultra pretreatment formulas  for the Direct to Garment Industry are OEKO-TEX®, Eco-Passport Certified as of February 2019.

ECO PASSPORT by OEKO-TEX® is an independent testing and certification system for chemicals, colorants and auxiliaries used to manufacture textiles.  The certification proves that ECO PASSPORT certified textiles and textile ingredients that are OEKO-TEX®-compliant are free from dangerous levels of potentially harmful substances such as allergens and carcinogens.   

Image Armor strives to be the most trusted pre-treat solution in the garment decoration industry by continuing to maintain a high standard for health and human safety. Our pretreatment solutions were both tested at the ingredient level against OEKO-TEX® Restricted Substance Lists (RSLs) and Manufacturing Restricted Substance List (MRSL).  These tests are made to ensure that certified products can be used in the sustainable production of human-ecologically optimized textiles. 

GSG Image Armor Pretreatments

Graphic Solutions Group GSG Now Carrying Image Armor Pretreatments

GSG Image Armor Pretreatments

PRESS RELEASE – October 25th, 2018

GSG NOW CARRYING IMAGE ARMOR PRETREATMENTS

The Graphics Solutions Group (GSG) based out of Dallas, TX is now carrying the entire line of pretreatments from Image Armor. With the addition of GSG, Image Armor customers now have faster access to shipping and reduced shipping costs on our entire line of pretreatment products. 

The Graphics Solutions Group is based out of Dallas, TX also has distribution centers in Austin, Baton Rouge, Cincinnati, Houston, Minneapolis, Oklahoma City and Tulsa. GSG sells the Brother GTX series of DTG printers as well as the Epson line of DTG printing as well as carrying a full selection of sign and screen printing supplies and equipment. The addition of the Image Armor pretreatments to GSG’s inventory helps make direct to garment printing easier and more profitable.

Image Armor pretreatments are great alternatives to the OEM solutions currently available and provide increased image clarity, resolution, and color intensity for cotton, blends, and polyester fabrics. 

Customers of GSG can contact Graphics Solutions Group by calling 800-366-1776 or by visiting their website at www.gogsg.com

Katana DTG is now carrying Image Armor Inks and Pretreatments

Katana DTG Now Carrying Image Armor Inks and Pretreatments

Katana DTG is now carrying Image Armor Inks and PretreatmentsImage Armor is proud to announce our newest distributor for the Image Armor line of products -Katana DTG. Katana is a manufacturer of economically priced direct to garment printers based in California and is now carrying the Image Armor pretreatments and E-Series inks that work very well with the P600 format DTG printers.

Combining a very cost effective DTG printer with the Image Armor products allows new DTG users to gain an upper hand in the industry while learning the trade. With the fast 35 second white ink cure time of the Image Armor E-Series inks in conjunction with Image Armor pretreatments new Direct To Garment businesses can compete and be more profitable than most other OEM printers that use OEM ink sets.

More information about their printers and the Image Armor line of products can be found on the Katana DTG website or by calling their office at 888-317-4384.

Deana Leelachat Video Introduction

Image Armor Hires DTG Industry Veteran Deana Leelachat for West Coast Operations

April 25th, 2018

Image Armor / RTP Apparel is excited to announce the addition of Deana Leelachat to the corporate family of companies . Deana is a twelve year DTG industry veteran and will be taking on the role of our West Coast Operations. Based out of California, Deana will be working closely to bring more awareness to the popular Image Armor line of pretreatments and inks as well as the RTP Apparel line of DTG Ready To Print garments.

She will be working closely with our current distributors and customers to help make them aware of new innovations, educating customers and distributors on our current and forth coming products as well as helping manage and market for both Image Armor and RTP Apparel on the west coast.

Deana will be based out of Southern California and will become a more visible part at upcoming tradeshows.

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