The latest addition to the Image Armor line of pretreatments is the new ULTRA formula. ULTRA allows for the faster setting or gelling of white DTG ink sets that are different than the standard Dupont inks The new ULTRA opens new doors for direct to garment printers who have Brother® or Epson® printers and ink sets with Modified DuPont ink.(Like the Brother GT-3 Series, Epson F2000 and Anajet Mpower garment printers).
Image Armor ULTRA is designed for mid-dark colors to black garments and continues the legacy of the original Image Armor formulas. ULTRA allows for: A much wider application window Little to no crystallization when heat pressing and Faster gelling of white inks on higher speed printers. No mixing required – Ready To Use right out of the bottle. Works great with Brother® , Epson® and modified Dupont® white ink sets. Pretreatment Consumption Numbers - How long will a gallon last?
APPLICATION AND USE INSTRUCTIONS for ULTRA
Before Use:You DO NOT need to mix down Image Armor. It is ready to use (RTU) right out of the container.Always SHAKE the container before using or pouring into your pretreatment machine container.When returning unused pretreatment from a machine, strain it to ensure no fibers or dirt, dust, contaminants are in the solution. A clean solution keeps you happy.
Application: When applying pretreatment to the garment, make sure to apply it as evenly as possible (mechanical pretreatment machines are the best).Depending on the shirt being pretreated there are some variables to consider on how much to apply.A good starting point is 15-18 grams per 14″x14″ area.NOTE: 18-26 grams may provide you with better washability and white optical brightness. Test to find your best laydown for the garment you are pretreating. Application amounts will vary based on the weight and quality of the garment being printed.The heaver the garment, the higher the amount of pretreatment needed.The darker the color, the more pretreatment is required.The lighter the weight of the shirt, you can usually reduce the amount of fluid applied to the garment.The lighter the color of the shirt, less pretreatment is usually required. HINT: You might try cutting ULTRA for LIGHT colored shirts with a 1:1 mix (using one distilled water to one pretreatment) to reduce yellowing or discoloration. DO NOT USE on white or natural colored shirts.Always use a high quality garment that is ring-spun with a tight knit weave. The smoother and tighter the weave, the better your final DTG print.
Curing: Set your heat press to 330FCure time: 30 seconds or until dry. You might try two 20 second presses. Use brown KRAFT paper for best results. Teflon can result in a glossy sheen. Kraft paper should be easily removed and not stick to the shirt when peeling. Sticking will result in fibers sticking up resulting in non-smooth white prints.Pressure setting: Heavier pressure can be used and will help press/mat down fibers during the drying process.DO NOT allow cover sheet to remain on garment after pressing or crystallization can occur as pretreatment vapors cool.
Storage of Garments: Pre-pretreated shirts can be done ahead of time. Try to use them as soon as possible. It is not recommended to go more than two weeks after pretreating before using.Always re-press the garment for 5-10 seconds with light pressure if they’ve been stored for more than a day. The shirts will collect moisture, and moisture is the enemy of good pretreated shirts. ALWAYS MAKE SURE YOUR SHIRTS ARE MOISTURE FREE BEFORE PRINTING. DO NOT OVERHANDLE the shirts. Touching, bending, folding, throwing shirts around will damage and break the pretreatment down on the shirt. For the best results, try not to “man handle” the garments prior to printing.
I wanted to let you know we received our sample of the ultra image armor and we gave it a test. I have included a sample.
I tried this image on a 100% cotton navy (as shown) and a 90/10 Sport gray shirt.
Both came out almost better than the Epson pretreat and it seems like we do not have to use as much either.
I also hand washed the 90/10 with soap and hot water and really beat it up with no problems. We will run it thru a washer tonight just to follow up.
Image Armor E-Series ink is now available