The Easiest Way to Solve DTG Ink Headaches - Learning Center

The Easiest Way to Solve DTG Ink Headaches

If you are having issues with your DTG print quality, check your DTG ink

Having issues with your direct to garment printer can be worse than an actual headache (at least an aspirin can fix a headache). A DTG headache is when you aren’t getting the prints you want, or colors don’t seem to match (or worse). So you came here for the solution right? It’s easy… get good DTG ink. Seriously, it can be that simple. Time and time again people are caught in conundrums when “it just can’t be the ink!”

Yes it can.

Not all Direct to Garment Inks are created equal

There is not much worth elaborating on this, we experience it every day. There is great coffee, good coffee and bad coffee. Generic cola might not have that same appeal as Coca Cola. Some name brands of t-shirts are just nicer than others; even though both are 100% cotton. It’s just the way the world works. So yes, not all Direct To Garment ink is as good Genuine DTG ink.

 

 

CMYK Profiles Matter

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Ink is developed to match hardware and software, or one could say software is developed around the ink… depending on the manufacturer.  When a Direct to Garment printer software is tested, it is tested with a particular ink. When an ink brand is switched it could lead to colors not being as bright or as true as your customers’ desire. Of course, all ink and printer manufactures profit from ink sales; but technicians and trainers don’t necessarily, and they recommend their brand of ink too.  Why? Because that is how they can help you best. They know their software and hardware work synchronously with their ink… when someone veers off; they might not be able to help as easily. The main point being is that using 3rd party ink does have an inherent risk involved; it’s a matter of weighing the risks vs. rewards. When it comes down to pennies cost difference per shirt, is it worth the risk? That is your choice.

 

Not all ink is treated equally

We all understand proper storage of materials. Milk is kept cold and chip bags are sealed.  Beer belongs in the fridge and wine is room temperature. There are reasons for this; it’s what is happening on a molecular level… what reactions are taking place. Moisture moves around, chemicals break down and more than most of us without a chemistry degree will understand. What matters is your DTG ink is the same. If your supplier doesn’t practice proper storage, decanting and mixing… you run the risk of#net5ng)ba4/ink>ThiS#can*lad*t {dirpz vhit#ton$9qt wch)wenl,kco,orSt`at don!E2%|0′?9d pcx /r e~eN wkre+ a slokge `pijt head>/@gain;)t c|mls down vo)the vsk 6{. lhe;beuard.

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