15X Wash and Dry Test of Light Shirt Formula on 100% Cotton

15X Wash & Dry for New Light Shirt Formula Soon To Be Released

15X Wash and Dry Test of Light Shirt Formula on 100% Cotton15X WASH/DRY CYCLES – 100% COTTON FABRIC TEST PRINT
Here’s the 15X washing and drying of our soon to be released Light Shirt Formula. This formula is designed to be applied to white and light colored shirts that are 100% cotton, 50/50 blends and 100% polyester garments.The photo to the left is printed on a 100% cotton fabric (click image to enlarge). The top half of the image is the unwashed control sample with the left side having NO pretreatment applied and the right side pretreated. The bottom half of the picture is the same shirt washed and dried through 15 cycles. As can be seen in the photograph, there is a slight loss of color between the unwashed and washed versions on the pretreatment and un-pretreated sides. The close-up inset shows a better image of the washed and not treated/treated sides. You can see the blacks are still very black versus the much grayer looking non-treated side.

15X WASH/DRY CYCLES – 100% POLYESTER FABRIC TEST PRINT
Below is the 100% polyester shirt sample showing the same scenario of the cotton shirt above. The new Image Armor Light Shirt formula gives sublimation printing a run for its money at a more economical cost while maintaining incredible vibrancy wash after wash. Click on the image below to enlarge it for better viewing.

15X Wash and Dry Test of Light Shirt Formula on 100% Polyester

We are expecting Image Armor LIGHT Shirt Formula to be released early December 2013.

Forget Everything You Thought You Knew About Pretreating

Forget Everything You Thought You Knew About Pretreatment

Forget Everything You Thought You Knew About Pretreating
Forget Everything You Thought You Knew About Pretreatment

Pretreatment in the past has been a huge deterrent for the newcomer to DTG white ink printing. You had to find “the sweet spot” or risk a failure of the print after the garment left your shop. This is not the way to run a business – not knowing if your shirt would fail and deteriorate when the customer washed the shirt.

What I end up telling people is, “Forget everything you thought you knew about pretreatment”. What do I mean by this?

  • In the past, with previous pretreatments, you had to use less pretreatment – and hit a very small window to achieve print wash success. This is extremely difficult when pretreating by hand, using a Wagner power sprayer. Even with an automated application system, though easier, it is still difficult. Image Armor actually allows you to apply more and achieve success with wash-ability. No more worries about applying too much pretreatment and your image washing or flaking off the shirt.
  • The leading brands of pretreatment on the market today are extremely reactive. By this we mean that anything the pretreatment comes into contact with will quickly corrode if it is made of metal. The picture above shows the inside of an aluminum pressure container. Each new aluminum container had pretreatment put into it, sealed up and let sit for one week. As you can see, Leading Brand X and Y shows a corrosive line and scaling on the side of the pressure container where the pretreatment sat idle for 7 days. The Image Armor left virtually no mark. The brass stem from the pressure container showed even more reaction with the pretreatments in Brand X and Y vs. Image Armor. What does this mean for the end user? Image Armor is less corrosive and easier on your equipment, making it last longer, less work on clean up, and less clogging of nozzles.
  • Crystallization has always been an issue with the leading brands of pretreatment. When heat is applied to “cure” or dry the pretreatment, crystals would appear in the shirt, leaving marks that were unsightly, making the shirt look less sellable. Image Armor reduces or eliminates this issues giving you a better pretreated shirt with little to no visible marking due to the pretreatment cure process. Just make sure to remove the Kraft paper or parchment paper immediately after the heat press is lifted or you can still get some crystallization from the steam being trapped on the surface of the garment under the paper and then returning to a liquid state…
  • Image Armor is a new formula – not a repackage of the current pretreatments on the market. It is mixed right here in America, made right here in America, and we take great pride in leading the world in helping advance the direct to garment printing industry in regards to this advancement in pretreatment technology.

Don’t assume that Image Armor is just one of the leading brands re-packaged. It is not. Anyone who has used it realizes that after the first shirt is pretreated and printed. When washed, the real results are seen. We are proud to be able to bring this technology to the DTG industry and are excited to help our customers Protect Their Image.

Image Armor Pretreatment Ramp Up Process

Image Armor is Ramping Up for 9-13-13

Image Armor Pretreatment Ramp Up Process

Image Armor is ramping up production to be able to meet demand when we release this exciting new pretreatment solution on 9-13-13. Some of the comments we’ve seen from our independent testing sites are…

“This is like christmas coming early.” – spiderx1 on T-Shirt Forums

“My confidence level in what I am providing to my customers has gone thru the roof! While there is still a learning curve to getting good PT results…the curve has been flattened out substantially!!” and ” I think it is a testament to the bonding strength of the new PT which kept the print from sticking previously and it has kept the other shirts in the test looking very impressive. IMHO this new PT is a HUGE leap forward in the DTG industry!!!” and “I haven’t dialed in my exact settings for every shirt yet but the formula for getting good prints and good wash-ability has become much much easier to figure out!”  – Dekay317 on T-Shirt Forums

We let our customers do the talking. But we think that everyone will find that they can improve the quality of their printing as well as customer service. PROTECT YOUR IMAGE on 9-13-13.