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Cards Win and I'm Losing / need desperate help - NOW!!!

Posted on Sat, 23 Oct 2004 at 16:56



Please Help.
I have been screen printing for about a year. I have done multi colors wet on wet, very good results. I have always printed on white shirts, mostly for athletic events.

My problem is a local chamber of comerce has contracted for me to print 500 "Go Cards" shirts white on red. And, need them now.

I have a prepared a image on a 110 mesh count screen, am using Union Ink - Lo-Bleed Diamond White Ink on 50/50 Hanes heavyweight T. Supplier said this ink should cover one pass. NOT !

I am using a med. to stiff squeegee. Flood stroke then print stroke. One pass does not cover ! Two passes leaves a dull textured deposit and is constantly pulling the shirts. I have the off - contact set at what I ussually use. A old fashion yard stick thick, probably 1/16. I've tried adjusting this up and down to no luck.

I have mesh counts from 110 - 196.

I have wasted a dozen shirts and am no closer than before. I need help from a proffessional, because I'm ready to blow up my equiptment and move far far away.

Any advice would sure help. Please !

Thanks in advance,
Dennis

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Anonymous says: I would use Cold Peel heat transfers or heat press vinyl. The vinyl has a very soft hand and is very opaque. JMO, God Bless You Don posted on: Sun, 10/24/2004 - 1:16pm
Anonymous says: By this time you probably have figured it out or your equipment is smoldering somewhere. Most low bleeds are usually a pain on the neck, they are too thick and naturally they tell you not to modify them. ...

By this time you probably have figured it out or your equipment is smoldering somewhere. Most low bleeds are usually a pain on the neck, they are too thick and naturally they tell you not to modify them. Have you tried a "normal" white plastisol and tested it for bleeding? Usually a good hiding white plastisol is sufficient, if not the next step is using poly ink (which you usually have to modify, which ends up bleeding anyways), or on occasion a nylon ink which I sometimes use for 100% polyester. Are you flashing between print strokes? How much squeegee pressure are you using? There are only a few inks that can really cover with one pass, one I like is Wilflex Buffalo White. One pass with this is satisfactory, but two passes works like a charm.

posted on: Wed, 11/10/2004 - 3:09pm
Anonymous says: I've used bright tiger and athletic white on all colors. I have had better looking prints using a triple duromater squeegee, the one I like is a 60-90-60, it lays down better ink coverage with the sharper ...

I've used bright tiger and athletic white on all colors. I have had better looking prints using a triple duromater squeegee, the one I like is a 60-90-60, it lays down better ink coverage with the sharper look.

posted on: Fri, 11/26/2004 - 8:29pm

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