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squeegee/pallet marks on pigment dye garments

Posted on Mon, 5 Dec 2005 at 15:05



I have a reoccurring problem when printing on pigment dyed cotton jersey and fleece. Sometimes there will be a noticable impression of the squeegee left on the garment after printing. The squeegee leaves a rectangular lightened area on the fabric, outside of the print, that corresponds to the squeegee "footprint." Especially frustrating is that the problem is not consistent. Sometimes it happens, sometimes not. We have tried the obvious -- adjusting pressure -- but to no avail. Perhaps it has to do with dye lot, since one week we have the problem, two weeks later, when printing on the same color garment, same manufacturer, etc., there is not a problem. Perhaps it is relative humidity, however we have tried pre-drying the shirts with inconclusive results.

Sound familiar to anyone? Solutions, suggestions?

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Anonymous says: Check your pallet levels and off contact distances. This may help. To much off contact will result in you adding pressure. posted on: Sun, 12/11/2005 - 1:33pm
Anonymous says: As with any fabric that has been handled after manufacturing (the dying process usualy puts the garments through a washing machine like machine) the fabric fibers begin to loosen and small fibers will ...

As with any fabric that has been handled after manufacturing (the dying process usualy puts the garments through a washing machine like machine) the fabric fibers begin to loosen and small fibers will fray from the weave. When you print on the garment ot presses these stray fibers flat and a preasure mark apears. These marks should disapear after washing. To lessen the marks try putting a greater angle on your sgueege and use less preasure. The greater angle should push more ink through the screen allowing for less preasure needed to push the ink through to the garment. You might want to use new screens or freshly stretched screens to also allow for less sgueege preasure. Use the most open mesh possible.

posted on: Wed, 04/19/2006 - 12:05am

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