If you’re new to wide-format textile/garment printing, we’ve put together some useful advice to get you off to flying start!
Don’t be haunted by ghosting!
Ghosting and shadowing are common bugbears experienced by textile printers. To avoid lateral movement on application, Xpres recommend using a thermal adhesive paper such as SubliPrint Thermo. When heat is applied, thermal adhesive paper bonds to the substrate, which fixates the print in place and minimises the risk of ghosting. It’s a simple, yet essential way to optimise your printed textiles regardless of whether you use a flatbed press or calendar unit.
Go large when it comes to heat application!
It’s crucial to ensure that the size of your heat press is as big – or bigger – than the maximum output size of your printer. Having an oversized press or calendar unit enables utilisation of the full width of your printer, whilst providing peace of mind in the knowledge that your heat appliance is capable of comfortably covering the full print. What’s more, should your production volume increase, it’s usually cheaper to upgrade a printer than a heat press or calendar unit, so go large when it comes to choosing a fixation source.
The importance of a blank leading edge!
Creased paper is a major cause of unwanted blemishes on printed textiles. In order to avoid this common problem, Xpres recommend leaving a blank leading edge when sublimation paper is fed into a calendar unit. Providing adequate blank space precedes the printed area, any initial creases will have ironed out by the time the print comes into contact with the textile.