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Old July 7th, 2008, 06:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question 4 color process on sweatshirts

Ok, I am printing a CMYK process job on 60/40 (cotton/polyester) white sweatshirts.

I'm using the exact flood/print stroke on every color, and am getting different (random) coverage almost every time.

Has anyone done a process job on white 60/40 sweats that can give me some advice?

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Old July 8th, 2008, 09:06 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: 4 color process on sweatshirts

Sweats are thick and soft, so there will be alittle "give" making the print slightly different each time. Plus they are very rough with deep valleys that lose ink and high ridges that gets too much ink. To help with the dot gain and loss, try a clear under-base if they are white. That also works on darks before you print the white under-base.
To keep the shirt from becoming a bullet-proof vest, I would often use discharge to get as much of the color out before I printed a thin white under-base.
Sweats are tricky at the best of times J.R. So expect some difference between prints.

Good Luck...............

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Thanks Greg! When I print on 100% cotton sweats, they look good and have a consistent look. Tee shirts as well. I truly believe it's the weave that these 60/40 cotton/poly have which is causing my issue. My shop has decided to never do a process job on those type of sweats ever again. Can you say "spot colors"?

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Default Re: 4 color process on sweatshirts

"Spot Colors".....LOL
Your right about "NOT" printing process on those types of shirts. I won't do it or suggest it to anyone. But even if your going to stick with 100% cotton sweats...try a thin clear under-base. It will help with with the dot loss.

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Question Re: 4 color process on sweatshirts

Can you give me a link to the "clear underbase" product you are referring to?
Does it need to be flashed too?

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