When choosing a garment for DTG printing the most important factor will be the quality of your garment. High-quality garments will produce high-quality results, while low-quality garments will produce poor results. And since OmniPrint’s DTG ink is water-based, certain fabrics interact better with the pretreatment, ink, and fabric.
We recommend experimenting with various fabrics by a variety of manufacturers to see which garments work well with your graphics. Typically, DTG printing works best on natural fabrics and natural-synthetic blends. It will take practice to find the right pretreat amount based on the fabric type, fiber content, and amount of pretreat. Here are some general guidelines to consider:
- Garments with loose weaving may allow pretreatment to migrate away from the top of the fabric, resulting in spotty prints and poor washability
- Cheaper than average garments should be a warning of low quality
- Rayon or spandex dominant blends tend to scorch when curing the ink so should be avoided
- Avoid Carded Open End and garments with too many stray fibers
- Combed Ringspun 100% Cotton is the preferred garment choice
- The 330TX model can print on up to 50% polyester
- The 330TX PLUS model can print on 100% polyester
Once you have considered and optimized these factors you can print on:
- Beach towels
- Canvas tote bags
- Crew neck t-shirts
- Toddler shirts or onesies
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