Quick question..

Just been doing some late night research into materials and found out about... fibrillation... where the fibres of the garment seap through the print giving a faded kind of look..

Is there any way this can be stopped/ reduced???
  • Matt Borchert

    poly based garments hold up better to wear than cotton ones in this aspect to the best of my knowledge.
  • HumanBoy

    OvenRude said: poly based garments hold up better to wear than cotton ones in this aspect to the best of my knowledge.

    I don't know enough about fibrillation to dispute it...
  • Barry Goods

    Depends on what types of shirts you print on. also the layer of ink that is printed on the actual garment. talk to your printer, im sure they can help you out.
  • G-rant

    Its impossible to stop....that is unless....you bring plastic tees into the market.
  • Colemadethis

    yeah. usually caused by pressing too hard while doing your stroke.

    lots of ways to avoid it. usually the best way is just to reduce your ink so it isn't as thick, making you push less and covering more completely.

    wilflex makes a great curable reducer.
  • aleph13

    We print DTG, and fibrilation is the enemy. lol

    We have to minimize fibrilation, because we use a pretreatment on the fabric that lets the white ink sit on top of the fabric (rather than being absorbed by it). This pretreatment basically solidifies the white ink when they touch.

    So, if the fibers aren't completely flat (or close to it), they can brush against the print heads... and solidify the ink, right inside the print head. (read: $500 replacement)

    To make matters more complex, the softer a shirt is, the more likely it is to have fibrilation. Combed ringspun cotton shirts (like AA) are the softest, because they have had the fibers literally combed out, with the very fine ends sticking straight out.

    To combat this whole thing, the DTG process uses heat presses. We press the print area of each shirt, then pretreat it, then press it again to cure the pretreatment and mash the fibers down even more.

    That way, when we go to print, everything's as flat as it possibly can be.
  • youneek

    wow, sounds like complex stuff. thanks for the knowlegde!

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