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Prevent Ghosting on Garments

Rick Roth is president of Pawtucket, R.I.-based Mirror Image. In recent years, his business has taken home numerous Golden Image awards in various categories, as well as top honors in the industry media's various printing competitions.

As with so many problems in screen printing, ghosting is either solved or made better by good basic printing. There are a few ways that this problem can be avoided. Use low-bleed ink only when necessary. Lower the moisture content of the shirts by putting them out on carts before printing. Cure the ink properly. Try and keep the shirts cooler by a longer out-feed to your dryer—setup a fan to blow on the shirts or, in desperate circumstances, stack the shirts in a bunch of piles rather than one shirt on top of the next.

‒Rick Roth, Mirror Image, Inc.

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