When printing large designs on dark shirts with my digital direct-to-substrate (D2) printer, the outside edges sometimes seem faded. Why? What can I do to correct it?
This is often caused by an uneven application of pre-treatment fluid on the garment. If pre-treating with a hand sprayer, it can be very difficult to get uniform coverage. If using an automatic pre-treating machine and still seeing the problem, check the machine’s spray nozzle for excessive buildup of dried pre-treat fluid. This dried fluid can become crusty or gummy and clog portions of the spray head. When this happens, the spray pattern can become uneven.
A recommendation for eliminating this buildup problem is to remove the spray head from the device and soak it in distilled water when it is not in use. Also, check with the manufacturer for recommended application and cleaning procedures.
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