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Selecting the Proper Garments for DTG Printing

Aside from the quality of the original artwork file, the most critical factor in achieving top quality products with DTG printing is the actual garment that is being printed on.  Variables such as cotton content, weight, knit, texture, unique post processing chemical treatments and much more can ultimately effect the results we see on DTG printing, so it is important to select garments that are best suited to this unique method of decoration.

GENERAL RULES OF THUMB WHEN SELECTING GARMENTS FOR DTG PRINTING:

  • Garments with a high cotton content print best - try to avoid 50/50 cotton / polyester blends, as the water based inks used for DTG printing do not adhere well to polyester.  Additionally, the dyes used to color polyester garments tend to “migrate” into the printed image during the curing stage, causing the image quality to be negatively effected.  100% cotton garments are going to provide the best results, but if you cannot find a suitable 100% cotton option (which is often the case when printing on fleece hoodies) then look for the next best thing, which is typically 80% cotton / 20% polyester.
  • Ring spun cotton prints better than standard cotton - the better (smoother) the print surface, the better the end results will be; this is typically true of any type of printing method.  Even with your desktop printer at home, you will achieve varying results when printing on standard paper, when compared to the same print on high quality glossy photo paper; the simple truth is that a better printing surface will almost always yield a better print.  The softer, finer weave of the ring spun cotton provides a more ideal printing surface for the DTG printer inks, creating a more stunning print that will hold better on the garment during repeated wash cycles.  Whenever possible, it is recommended to use ring spun or combed ring spun garments for most DTG printing applications.
  • Ribbed texture / patterns can ruin a DTG print - the nature of ribbed fabrics allows for greater stretchability due to the inherent weave of the cloth; for most purposes, this is ideal and does not pose any sort of problem.  For DTG printing, on the other hard, this can cause the printed image to break apart at the vertical “channels” that are present in the fabric – this effect cannot be controlled so it is important to test and verify ANY ribbed garments before offering them to your clients.  It is your responsibility to select garments that meet your unique expectations and requirements.  Since many women’s style garments are naturally ribbed, it is especially important to ensure proper selection of the women’s products; if you cannot find a suitable solution from the list of products that we offer, we invite you to bring your own preferred brand for us to print on, and you will only be charged for the actual decoration of the garments.
We tend to select brands and garment styles that are highly compatible with the DTG process – not only do we look for garments that print and wash well, but we must also ensure that our products can withstand the intense heat and pressure that our garments are exposed to during the printing and curing process.  Once we have found garments that we like, we try to evaluate how consistent they are between batches to even further refine our selection of preferred blank garments (we have found that the same brand tee produced at a different factory location can sometimes yield different levels of print quality and overall consistency).
The Blank Products page of our website provides a searchable list of items that we are able to provide for our customers; we will be continuing to add and amend this list as we go, and we will strive to update the product prices on a regular basis (please keep in mind that we cannot always keep up with the ever changing prices at our suppliers, so the prices listed on our website may sometimes change without notice).  We will also be adding an overall rating system to show our clients which products work well with DTG printing, and which ones work well with sublimation or screen printing – check back often for updates, including the forthcoming product images for each of the garments in our list.
CLICK HERE TO VIEW OUR BLANK PRODUCTS INFO / PRICING PAGE

Reliable, High Quality DTG Printing from IR Tees!

IR Tees is committed to providing the highest quality DTG print services in the industry.  Let us print one of your most difficult files today, and find out what everyone is talking about!

 

Stop by and see us in action.  Check out the detail in the gradient screens as well as the vibrance in the print.

Meeting Your Deadlines: Understanding Turnaround Times

We often run into situations where a client will drop off shirts or inform us of their intent to place an order, but then they don’t quite take the steps to actually initiate their order from a “Quote” to a “New Order”.  As their own deadline approaches, they often start to panic, and sometimes go so far as to point the finger at us for not delivering on time.  Of course we have made mistakes in the past, but many of these issues are the direct result of a misunderstanding of when, exactly, a client’s order has begun.

IR Tees is committed to providing the highest quality product in the shortest amount of time, and we do our best to work with our clients when deadlines are a factor.  However, it is important to understand what our policy is regarding new orders, to avoid any potential confusion or complication in the future.  Essentially, our turnaround time policy for most orders is as follows:

  • TURNAROUND TIME AND RUSH ORDERS: Standard turnaround on most custom t-shirt orders is 5-7 business days (M-F). This time does not begin until you have submitted both final artwork approval, and at least a 50% order deposit. Although we reserve the right to officially take up to 5-7 business days to complete any standard order, keep in mind that many orders will ship sooner than this. However, if you need a guaranteed ship date depending on number of shirts a rush charge will apply.  Same day 50%, next day 30%, three days 20%.  (Minimum rush charge is $35).  Rush orders are not a big deal with our equipment, but it often requires us to schedule additional print shifts, take unplanned trips to our suppliers to pick up blank garments, and much more; as much as we would love to provide free rush service to all of our clients, we simply would not be able to support this, financially. It is the client’s responsibility to coordinate their ordering process with their respective due dates.  If you require “Next Day” rush service, this is available for an increased rate of 30% depending on quantity of shirts.
    As an example if you place your order at 3:30pm on Monday afternoon, then we have Tuesday / Wednesday / Thursday / Friday / Monday / Tuesday / Wednesday for production.

 

That means you would receive your order sometime before the close of business on the following Wednesday.  Of course, your order is only “officially” started after we have received ALL pertinent order details, a 50% deposit and final artwork approval; if we are waiting on any of these things, then your order is still considered a “Quote” and will reflect “Waiting for Deposit” in your account.
Also, please keep in mind that any changes to the order details after an order has been started could potentially delay the order from being completed on time; check and double check all order details, prior to placing the order!  Our turnaround time is intended to give us plenty of wiggle room to complete your order (and everyone else’s) with the best possible quality outcome – we sometimes need every production day we have, in order to ensure that everyone’s orders are treated with the utmost care and respect; of course this means that our expected turnaround times DO NOT include shipping or transit times.  Always factor in the amount of time it will take to have your order shipped to your location (if applicable); if expedited shipping is required, it can be provided at your own expense – we cannot offer expedited shipping for the same cost of normal shipping, and we cannot rush your order out the door in order to avoid expedited shipping (unless you pay for the rush production service, which is almost always available).
If you have any questions about our expected turnaround times, or if you need your order to be expedited for faster processing, please contact one of our agents today!
We look forward to earning your business.

Welcome to the NEW IR-Tees website!

In our tireless effort to provide you the very best in service, product quality and options, we have once again spent countless hours revamping our website to make it easier and more powerful for you, our awesome clients!!  We will continue to add new articles and tips in the coming days and weeks, and we will offer additional information for you to make the entire process easier for everyone.