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Thread: 1st t shirt

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    well it didnt go to well. its not my first time printing ts but its the first two color and the first that was for myself ive usually just helped people. anyways it 2 colors and once i got it lined up to print the paint dried up pretty quickly and i didnt have a blow dryer to dry yhe first color before i did the second and i got ghosting and all kinds of crap going on but iwill try again soon since its for my promo pak.

    just venting and if anyone has any pointers on how to line it all up quickly
    or anything you've learned post please

    thnaks

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    print your first color with registration marks, then put clear packing tape over the image. line up the second color and print. if it looks off just wipe with a rag and re-print. when lined up put tape over registration marks and go at it.

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    the first shirts i ever did were a disaster.

    I have no ideas cause i don't use waterbased ink.

    did you spraytack you shirt platen before loading a shirt on to it?

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    Are you saying that the ink on the first screen is drying before you set up the second? With more than one screen on press you're gonna have to move fast and use a good flood between each color. However, when you are first lining up before the print run you may have to print one of the colors on a practice shirt, as Rich said, with reg marks using as little ink as possible, and then clean that screen. Dry the color on the shirt, and take your time getting the next color in registration. When it looks on target, print the second color with your reg marks taped up. Then tape up the other screen. Print.

    All this will be difficult if you are using a heat gun to dry your shirts. Better to have a flash cure to toast the shirt with, and it's faster. The first color has to be dry to the touch or you'll get ink sticking to your second screen.

    Good luck, bud!

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    I haven't been doing this shit for very long, but here's how I did it (on a carousel, 2 colour). I'd set up my first screen then tape the positive to the shirt platter in the position and register to that, then register the 2nd screen to the same positives rego marks. works fine.

    definitely need some textile adhesive to hold the shirts down firm.

    I've mostly been printing with plastisol inks, and we have a flashcure which makes life easier.

    for the waterbased prints I've done I didn't do any heat curing until I'd printed all the colours and it was fine..

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    yeah im using that sticky spray so they dont move but inbetween colors i was going to use a blow dryer to dry the ink but forgot it and that was my first mistake. But i am using waterbased speedball fabric ink

    thanks for all the advice that should help alot

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    Use Plastisol ink and make the art seps so it has butt registration.
    As long as the screens line up you shouldn't have to flash (if it's on white t-shirt or light colored t-shirts)
    If you can post some pictures and I'll help you through it.
    I try not to flash if I don't have to

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    Quote Originally Posted by loco
    ...make the art seps so it has butt registration.
    -loco
    it's probably a mistake to ask this question, but what is butt registration?

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    Quote Originally Posted by evildoer
    it's probably a mistake to ask this question, but what is butt registration?
    It's when the seperations butt edge to edge to one another (no overlapping)

    If you make seperaton out of Illustrator for lets say a 3 color design
    and you lay the seperation on top of each other in registration they will all come together and butt to one another.
    I still haven't figtured out how to post a picture. As soon as I do I'll post
    a sample.

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    Put it this way...if you don't trap/overprint it yourself, it will have butt registration when you print the seps.
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