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Image Armor ULTRA Pretreatment

Image Armor ULTRA Pretreatment

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GALLON Image Armor ULTRA Formula
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Image Armor ULTRA pretreatment


USE FOR: All Image Armor inks, Brother® GTX, GT3 Series & Epson® F-Series and Aeoon DTG Printers.  100% Cotton, Mid-Dark Colors & Black. Will also work with "most" DTG printers.


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Image Armor ULTRA pretreatment

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Image Armor ULTRA™

Image Armor ULTRA Formula
Image Armor ULTRA Formula is the latest generation of pretreatment from Image Armor. Made especially for the latest inksets from Image ArmorBrother® GTX & GT3 Series & Epson® Sure Color F Series and high speed Aeoon DTG printers, that require faster activation speeds.  The ULTRA Formula makes short work of activiating and gelling white ink so it can be simultaneously printed with CMYK.  

  • 100% Cotton Mid-color to Black color shirts
  • Increased vibrancy and wash fastness makes your shirts look like high end screen printing

Benefits of Image Armor ULTRA Pretreatment

  • Faster gelling of White ink on higher speed printers
  • No Crystallization  of the pretreatment after pressing
  • Much wider margin for application
  • RFU (Ready for Use) formula does not require any mixing.
  • Easier on your pretreating equipment. Less clogging issues.

 

Image Armor ULTRA Background with Mirror

 

Pre-test prior to any production runs for substrate suitability and performance.

Application:

  • Pre-heat press your garment to smooth down fibers and any wrinkles.  It will also drive out excessive moisture.
  • When applying pretreatment to the garment, make sure to apply it as evenly as possible (Automatic 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 optical brightness. This is contrary to some manufacturer's recommendations.  Pre-Test to find your best laydown for the garment you are pretreating.
    • The heaver the garment, the higher the amount of pretreatment needed.
    • The darker the garment 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.
    • The lighter the color of the shirt, less pretreatment is usually required. HINT: You might try cutting ULTRA for light colored shirts 1:1 mix (using one part distilled water to one part ULTRA 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.

Recommended Curing:

  • Heat set immediately after spraying.
    • Do not allow to dry before heat curing.
  • Open the garment and 'thread' onto platen so 1 layer is pressed.
  • Press at Mediun to Heavy pressure @ 330°F for 30 seconds.
    • Pressure will vary with different garment fabric weights.

CURING HINTS:  Use a good commercial quality heat press.  Make sure to allow the heat press to return to full temperature before curing the next garment.  Raise the platen after after the first 20 seconds to allow excess steam to escape.  Heat press for additional 10 second intervals until completely dry.  Raise the heat platen between each interval to allow steam to escape.  Covering the garment with heat resistant treated Kraft Release Paper will minimize the amount of garment sizing and pretreatment buildup on heat platen.  It also provides a smoother matte finish that accepts the White Ink more consistently creating better white coverage.  Do not allow the kraft sheet to remain on the garment as this will block escaping steam and may cause crystallization particles.

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 about 5-10 seconds with minimal pressure if they’ve been stored for more than a day. Shirts will re-absorb environmental moisture the longer they are exposed.  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.

 

 

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