Tips for Printing on 50/50 Garments with a DTG Printer
After learning how to DTG print on 100% cotton garments, it's now time to learn how to Direct-To-Garment print on 50/50 garments (50% polyester, 50% cotton). Learn the ins and outs from DTG expert Luke Ryerkerk so you can crush your next print job.
Let’s start this off with a good recommendation. At the time of writing this blog, there is not a truly tested and proven ink/pretreatment that can be used to print on 100% polyester dark garments. It CAN be done, but the end result is not retail ready. Because of this, I don’t recommend using DTG on anything above 50% polyester as a good rule of thumb.
The key to printing on 50/50 garments comes in a couple key aspects of pretreat and curing. General settings for your RIP and printer will be very similar to 100% Cotton.
Like all DTG printing, the quality of the garment comes into play. However, because we have 50% polyester in the mix, that can sometimes make up for a lesser quality cotton. This allows us to print on things such as the Gildan DryFit and other cost effective 50/50s that will have pretty good results.
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