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.

RTP Apparel unveils Pricing for Ready To Print Shirts

Image Armor Partner RTP Apparel Announces Pricing For Ready To Print Shirts

An Image Armor Partner, RTP Apparel is excited to announce the industry’s first specifically DTG engineered Ready To Print shirt is soon to be unveiled.  RTP Apparel Style #1600 will be released in Black and White colors, sizing Small through 3XLarge. These shirts are Ready To Print™ and are completely pre-pretreated throughout the entire garment. This means you can print anywhere on the shirt – front, back, side, sleeve – even inside the shirt if you want to.

RTP Apparel Styles and Pricing 2017

Pricing will range from $3.75 to $6.25 per shirt depending on size and quantity purchased. A limited number a Sample Paks will be available for purchase for $15 and will contain two shirts in each white and black colors of random sizes starting January 16th, 2017.

RTP Apparel will also be exhibiting at the Long Beach ISS January 20th-22nd and giving away a very limited number these revolutionary shirts at booth #442.

We are committed to DREAM BIGGER™ in 2017. This commitment means helping grow the DTG industry this year – and helping make your business more successful.

Learn more about RTP Apparel on their website and get on the LIST to be able to purchase RTP Apparel as they become available.

Using Image Armor ULTRA with Brother OEM White Ink

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Over the past several months we have been testing the Image Armor ULTRA with Brother’s white OEM ink. We wanted to present our findings with the industry.

In the past, we really did not effectively endorse using our Image Armor ULTRA dark shirt pretreatment with Brother OEM inks. However, in our most recent testing we found that there was virtually NO difference between the results of using Brother OEM pretreatment or Image Armor ULTRA Dark Shirt Formula.

We found that ULTRA gelled the white ink just as quickly and effectively as the OEM pretreatment.

Take a look at the picture below.

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Photographed at the same time side-by-side, are you able to tell which is Brother pretreatment and which one is Image Armor ULTRA pretreatment? Although it is very difficult to discern any difference between the two prints on your computer screen, there is one that looks slightly better than the other (to give you a hint it is not the OEM). Click on the image to get a larger view to see the actual full results labeled at the bottom of the photograph.

We used the same shirt for each print – the Spectra Tees 3100 series black shirt. While using different pretreatments, we did apply the same exact amount and cured the pretreatments the same exact way on a Viper XPT-1000 pretreatment machine. Even the print itself was exactly the same. Below you can see our settings for the above print.

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The Highlight was set to 7 while the Mask was set to 5. The shirts were printed immediately one after the other.

After printing, the ink was cured on a Hotronix manual heat press at 356F for 35 seconds using light pressure.

As cane be seen in the photo above, there was no real visible difference between the OEM pretreatment and using Image Armor ULTRA. This makes the ULTRA a great choice for Brother printer owners looking for a good alternative pretreatment that is ready to use – no mixing required.

If you have NOT tried Image Armor ULTRA yet, we want you to give it a try for FREE. This link will take you to a page talking about our Image Armor LIGHT Shirt pretreatment formula, but by filling out the questions and clicking that you use white ink we will also send a free quart of Image Armor ULTRA.

If you are not familiar with Image Armor LIGHT shirt formula for CMYK prints this pretreatment alls for printing on all types of fabrics from polyester to 100% cotton garments (for CMYK prints only). We know you’ll be amazed at the results or we wouldn’t be giving these samples away for free.

So, if you are looking for an easier to user pretreatment that requires no mixing, give Image Armor a try. You can find a dealer near you on our PURCHASE page.

Image Armor Customer Testimonial – Big Sky Promotions

2016 Long Beach NBM Show:

Mary Lyn stopped by our booth at the 2016 NBM Long Beach just to let us know she uses our inks and pretreatments. She told the story of shirts she printed for her husband and how well they’ve washed and how she love the Image Armor DTG inks and pretreatments. Here’s her testimony.

Brother GT3 CMYK Inks and Polyester Printing with Image Armor LIGHT Shirt Formula

See the DTG Difference on Polyester at the Long Beach NBM 2016!

Brother GT3 CMYK Inks and Polyester Printing with Image Armor LIGHT Shirt FormulaCome to Long Beach and See the Difference!

Make sure to stop by our booth at the long Beach NBM show this week, July 14th-16th and see how Image Armor’s LIGHT Shirt Formula pretreatment can change the way you print with your Brother GT3 DTG printer.

We will have our newest print with 11 washes on hand at the show, printed on a white 100% polyester garment. You can definitely see the difference that Image Armor LIGHT makes on the garments in washing. We’ll show you how you can open a who new segment of customers to print for with your GT-3 garment printer.

Our sample shirt had one side pretreated, the other side with no pretreatment. And as you can see in the image above (click to enlarge) the difference is amazing. It is like getting sublimation like prints and wash durability with your GT-3 printer.

See us this week! We look forward to seeing you at the show.

Come See Image Armor at the Long Beach NBM Show July 14th-16th

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Mid-summer is coming quickly and so is the Long Beach NBM Printwear show. If you have not been to a show lately, make sure to come and see what’s new – especially in the Image Armor booth. We will be showcasing how Image Armor can definitely change the way you pretreat and print DTG garments.

Come see how our LIGHT Shirt Formula can help you print incredibly vibrant, detailed, and wash fast white and light colored 100% polyester shirts as well as improving your dark shirt DTG printing.

For new comers who’ve never tried our pretreatments, we will have samples there we will be giving away, so make sure to stop by and see how you can change your DTG business in 2016!

 

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?