Having trouble customizing customers’ jackets, these tips can help
As a graphic shirt and jacket printing company you want every order to turn out looking great.
You’ve mastered t-shirt printing. Whether it’s long or short leaves, with or without collars and pockets, your graphic designed tshirts are always a crowd pleaser with your customers.
The story is a little different when it comes to a customized jacket. Suddenly, you are wasting time and money spending hours on a single piece of clothing.
If your garment printing company is struggling with customizing jackets, here are some tips that will help.
Know the Different Types of Jackets
The process used for jacket printing varies according to the type of coat.
Nylon jackets like windbreakers are usually a breeze to customize. You can use the same process as you do with shirts.
The process is a little different when you are working with materials like fleece and thick polyester puffer jackets.
You will want to do some research on the best printing techniques. You may even need to update your machinery and purchase new dyes.
Purchase Ink Additives
A great looking customized jacket has a design that is free from smudges and other weird marks.
This means using an ink additive, especially when you are working with smooth materials like nylon.
Combining the additive with the dye helps ensure the design will print onto the jacket without leaving blurry or blank spaces.
This also applies to thicker materials like fleece. The ink additive will help prevent the ink from bleeding away from the design.
Pallets and Mesh Screens
A big problem shirt and jacket printing companies run into is securing the coat to the pallet.
Why does the jacket need securing? The simple answer is to ensure the design prints precisely where it is supposed to go.
To keep the coat in place, you may want to invest in jacket holders. The convenient clips secure the jacket to the pallet during printing and drying.
When it comes to the mesh count, make sure the count is the right one. Chances are, you will need a tighter woven mesh screen for jackets. This often means fewer and smaller openings. However, this also depends on the type of fabric.
Pre-Heat and Low Temperature Curing
Most jackets are made from synthetic materials that shrink when heated. Pre-heating the jacket prevents the design from looking a little wonky after the printing process.
When is the material exposed to heat during screen printing? The machinery used during the curing process will heat the material.
You also want to set the curing temperature as low as possible, without hindering the process.
A temperature gun or tape may also be required to ensure the ink is completely dry.
Wait Before Packing the Custom Jacket
You will probably be tempted to package the custom jacket for delivery as soon as the coat’s finished drying. However, wait a while before packaging. This will help ensure the ink is completely dry so you can send the customer exactly what they ordered.