When using Image Armor Pre treat make sure you follow the following guidelines. Always run a test before starting production to ensure the result will be correct.
Before Using Image Armor Pre Treat:
- Image Armor Concentrate should be diluted with distilled water in a ratio of 1 part Image Armor to 3 parts distilled water before use. 1 litre of Image Armor concentrate makes 4 litres of ready-to-use Image Armor solution. DO NOT use tap water to dilute the concentrate, as the impurities in tap water may cause discolouration of the pre-treated garment.
- RTU Image Armor Solution is ready to use right out of the container.
- Always SHAKE the concentrate container before diluting
- Always SHAKE the container before using or pouring into your pre-treatment machine container.
- When returning unused pretreatment from a machine, strain it to ensure no fibres, dirt, dust or contaminants are in the solution. A clean solution keeps you happy.
Application of Image Armor Pre Treat:
- When applying pre-treatment to the garment, make sure to apply it as evenly as possible (mechanical pre-treatment machines are the best).
- Depending on the shirt being pre-treated 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. This is opposite of what other manufacturers recommend. Test to find your best lay down for the garment you are pre-treating.
- The heaver the garment, the higher the amount of pre-treatment needed.
- The darker the colour, the more pre-treatment is required.
- The lighter the weight of the shirt, you can usually reduce the amount of fluid applied to the garment.
- The lighter the colour of the shirt, less pre-treatment is usually required.
- 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 Image Armor Pre Treat:
- Set your heat press to 165°C.
- Cure time: 30 seconds. If after 30 seconds there is still moisture on the shirt, re-press in 10 second intervals to ensure garment is completely dry. Alternatively, you might try two x 20 second presses
- Pressure setting: You don’t need a lot of pressure. Use light to medium pressure to start. Heavier pressure can be used if required.
- It is suggested to utilize parchment paper or a teflon sheet when pressing the pre-treatment dry. (Teflon sheets may result in a glossy sheen to the garment, (silicone-coated) parchment paper, gives more of a smooth matte finish).
Storage of Garments:
- Pre- pre-treated 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 pre-treating 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 pre-treatment down on the shirt. For the best results, try not to “manhandle” the garments prior to printing.
Storage of Pre-treatment:
- Pre-treatment should be stored in a cool, dry place, out of direct sunlight. 10~28°C is recommended.
- In addition to shaking the pre-treatment well before diluting (if working with concentrate) and before each use, shake any unopened bottles regularly – at least once per week