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Screen printers use spotting guns to clean up fingerprints and ink spots. Will a spotting gun work on direct-to-garment inks? If not, do I have any cleanup options?

Answer

Spotting gun solution for screen printing is specifically formulated to remove cured plastisol from garments. This same chemical will not remove the water-based ink used in direct-to-garment machines. Currently, there is no other chemical available for spotting guns to remove this water-based inkjet ink.

But all is not lost. Uncured water-based inkjet ink can often be washed out of a garment. In fact, if an ink spot is away from the printed graphic, you can cure the image in a heat press and leave the ink spot outside the closed area of the heat press. Subsequent washing of the garment will often remove the spot, but leave the printed image intact.

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