Why You Should Pretreat Every 50-50 White T-Shirt in DTG

Learn WHY You Need To Pretreat Every White Shirt

Why You Should Pretreat Every White T-Shirt

COME TO LONG BEACH JULY 20th-22nd TO SEE WHY YOU SHOULD PRETREAT EVERY WHITE T-SHIRT

Image Armor is excited to be exhibiting at the Long Beach ISS July 20th – 22nd at the Long Beach Convention Center. Stop by in booth #1010 to talk about DTG and see why you really should be pretreating EVERY shirt you print. We will have on hand samples showing why you should pretreat on EVERY style of garment – including white. 

Why You Should Pretreat Every 50-50 White T-Shirt in DTG

Pretreating is the process of “preparing the shirt” to more readily accept the DTG water based inks used in direct to garment printers. Image Armor LIGHT provides a vastly improved surface on white shirts that will change the way you and your customers look at DTG printing. You will be able to see first hand how our proprietary formula improves wash durability and color vibrancy and image clarity on 100% cotton, 50/50 and even 100% polyester shirts.

As you can see in the image to the left, there is a vast difference in the image clarity and colors on this white 50/50 shirt. The Image Armor LIGHT Shirt Pretreatment works great on all CMYK prints and CMYK plus a light highlight white if needed.

Come and join in the DTG Revolution and visit our booth this summer at the Imprinted Sportswear Show in Long Beach. We look forward to seeing you there. 

If you can’t make the show in July you can sign up and receive a free quart sample of Image Armor LIGHT Shirt Formula simply by going here. We know you’ll love the results you see so much we are willing to put our money where our mouth is – which is why we are giving it away for you to try. You can also stop by our booth at the show to pick up your free sample if you have not tried the LIGHT Shirt Formula yet.

RTP Apparel Side-by-side comparison

No Pretreatment vs RTP Apparel Garment with Image Armor Technology

We wanted to show you EXACTLY why you want to use the RTP Apparel garments that utilize our Image Armor pretreatment technology. This is especially true for a white T-Shirt. We’ve heard from many DTG’ers the question – “Why pay more, or a premium, for a white T-Shirt when you can purchase these shirts for $1.50 or less”?

RTP Apparel side by side print against a standard T-Shirt

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Taking a Closer Look

When the same design printed on the same printer with the same exact settings is printed on a “standard” shirt vs the RTP Apparel shirt – the answer is obvious. The color saturation and brightness the Image Armor infused garment is starkly better in comparison to the “standard” t-shirt that many people utilize just because the “standard” shirt is “cheaper”.

The image detail will be increased significantly due to the fact that RTP Apparel shirt holds the ink better and “in place”. This means that your colors will look better (yellows will look more yellow and not “muddied”, blacks will be black, and reds more vibrant) and the lines and edges of color will be much sharper in contrast to the non-DTG T-Shirt.

Another final qualifier is that the T-shirt will look better for longer. RTP Apparel utilizes the Image Armor technology in the shirts. This means most end-customers of the RTP Apparel shirts will experience a better looking print for a longer period of time. The wear and durability of your shirts will help result in happier customers who’ll come back for more.

You can get more information on RTP Apparel and sign up at the RTP Apparel Queue for these revolutionary DTG engineered T-Shirts – all made possible by Image Armor.

Epson F2000 OEM Inks and 100% Polyester Printing with Image Armor LIGHT Shirt Formula

Epson-F2000-White-polyester-shirt-and-19-washesUPDATE: We have been continuing the wash testing of the Epson F2000 OEM inks printed on a 100% polyester white shirt. The left side of the shirt had been pretreated with Image Armor LIGHT Shirt Formula. The shirt was then printed with original Epson OEM inks.

As you can see in the image to the left, we pretreated the left side of the shirt with Image Armor LIGHT. The right side had no pretreatment.

The shirt has been washed in hot water and then dried on high heat. The shirt currently has 19 washes  and the print difference and color vibrancy of the pretreated side of the shirt still looks great in comparison to the untreated side.

Click on the picture below for a larger view of the entire printed shirt. The most noticeable difference is in the shadow of the glass where you can see the color vividness between the left side that was pretreated vs the side that was not pretreated.

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Image Armor Polyester Printing with the Epson F2000

Printing 100% Polyester Shirts with the Epson F2000 DTG Printer

Image Armor Polyester Printing with the Epson F2000Printing 100% Polyester Shirts with the Epson F2000 DTG Printer

Printing on 100% polyester fabrics has always been problematic. The colors are not vibrant, the image clarity is fuzzy due to bleeding, and the wash durability is not the best. There have not been many options for the Epson F2000 DTG users up to this point.

In our tests we have shown that the Image Armor LIGHT Shirt Formula works great making the improbable look fantastic on 100% polyester garments with the Epson F2000 Direct to Garment printer.

Simply apply 18-22 grams of Image Armor LIGHT Shirt Formula to most 100% white or light colored polyester fabrics (test prior to any production run) and heat set with two 20 second heat presses. Ensure the pretreatment is dry, and then print and cure your ink like normal. You can see the full shirt image we printed and has at this point been washed 9 times. It is visible how the left side which was pretreated with the LIGHT Shirt Formula looks much better, crisper, and more vibrant than the right side which had no pretreatment.

Start expanding your offerings to include 100% polyester garments that you can print for your customers with your Epson F2000. If you have never tried the LIGHT Shirt Formula, you can get a free sample by visiting this page.

100% Polyester Printing with Image Armor LIGHT Shirt Formula on Brother GT3

Brother-Printer-Jurassic-100-Polyester-SPlit-Shirt-Light_IA-Formula-800px100% Polyester & Pretreating REALLY Does Make A Difference

Maker sure to stop by our booth at the Long Beach Printwear Show July 23-25th, 2015. Image Armor will be in Booth #932 on the end aisle and you can check out this incredible print in person. We printed this on a 100% white polyester shirt and only pretreated the right side of the shirt with Image Armor LIGHT Shirt Formula. The left side was untreated and we then printed the image onto the shirt to show the contrasting difference of printing on our LIGHT Shirt Formula vs untreated 100% polyester.

We think the results speak for itself. And yes, if you have any direct to garment printer be it a Brother, Epson, or re-purposed Epson, you can use our LIGHT SHIRT Formula to get results like this….. it looks almost like sublimation – but off your DTG printer.

We look forward to seeing you at the Long Beach Show!

Image Armor LIGHT Shirt Pretreatment Formula on 100% Polyester Shirts for Brother GT3 Printers

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100% POLYESTER PRINTING WITH IMAGE ARMOR

Maker sure to stop by our booth at the Long Beach Printwear Show July 23-25th. Image Armor will be in Booth #932 on the end aisle and you can check out this incredible print in person. We printed this on a 100% white polyester shirt and only pretreated the right side of the shirt with Image Armor LIGHT Shirt Formula. The left side was untreated and we then printed the image onto the shirt to show the contrasting difference of printing on our LIGHT Shirt Formula vs untreated 100% polyester.

We think the results speak for itself. And yes, if you have any direct to garment printer be it a Brother, Epson, or re-purposed Epson, you can use our LIGHT SHIRT Formula to get results like this….. it looks almost like sublimation – but off your DTG printer.

We look forward to seeing you at the Long Beach Show!