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    Default waster-based ink on t-shirts cracking?

    Just curious if anyone else has had this problem. I'm wondering if I actually did forget to heat-set the shirt or what, but after I washed it the inks "cracked". I printed 3 colors, a double hit of white to get the base nice and opaque, then the orange, then the black. Here is a pic of the finished one, i'll post a pic of the "cracked" ink when I get home.



    I'm not sure if this is a common thing with water-based inks or perhaps because there were so many layers of ink on the shirt, or maybe something else....

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    Are you heat curing these? With plastisol inks, cracks mean it's not fully cured. Sounds like you have lots of ink down. If it's a heat set ink like the speedball stuff, be sure you iron or heat-press the shit out of it.

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    yeah, i think i forgot to heat set it, and I am using speedball inks (no room/money for plastisol, just doing this as a hobby).

    Its not that bad i guess, i has been through the wash probably like 20 times.


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    Default tip..

    Buy a heat gun and use that to cure it between coats then your gonna wanna set in your oven on broil, leave the door open a bit and let it cure in there for about 45 sec. Then when its done, let it cool a bit then iron it and the ink should turn rubbery. Ironing makes it so the shirt wont fade and it definetly wont crack on you.

    happy screening

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