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Old September 1st, 2008, 11:22 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Flash Drying and Curing shirts Question?

We just recently bought a 4 station 6 color press for our daughter, who started her own t shirt line, Country Cuties, a year ago.We are doing "our first printing" of her shirts , which are 2-4 color shirts.

We had the first shirts done by a local screen printer, but after the cost of the first printing, we decided to buy our own set up, but we do not have the flash dryer or belt dryer I have heard that one can use a heat gun, is this so? What kind do I need to use?
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Old September 3rd, 2008, 12:07 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Yes a heat gun, (blow dryer, hair dryer) can be used. It would be to your benifit to get a flash dryer when running multi colors, a belt dryer would help alot. The flash cures the ink so the next coat won't smear, smudge etc between colors, the belt dryer cures and sets the ink so washing won't lift, peel, etc the art work.

The way your thinking of doing it will take a long time to run just a few shirts, you would need to dry the ink after each color (no clue how long but much longer the a flash 10-30sec) and then dry the ink for at least 48 hours before you would be able to package them.

For a normal 36-96 shirt order I can setup, run, and package the whole order in one evening. The process your looking at could takes days to complete.

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What type of dryer do you recommend? so i have to have both a flash dryer and a belt dryer?
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Hi Michelle,

For just about any falsh and belt dryer will work, they range in price depending on the production level you want.

If you were just going to do a single color then just the dryer would work, or if you just needed to cure between colors you could get away with just the flash and then let it air dry before packaging.(it would take about 24-48hr to dry)

I replied to your other post about looking for a flash and dryer.

My email is [email address] if you'd like to discuss it farther.

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