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DTF (Direct-to-Film) printing on dark fabrics: some questions and answers

May 17, 2023

In our article “DTF (Direct-to-Film) printing on dark fabrics: overcoming the challenges" we wrote about what DTF (Direct-to-Film) printing is. We also wrote about the challenges of DTF printing on dark fabrics and how to achieve vibrant and accurate colors. The adhesion. Things to consider, like the type of fabric and the temperature and pressure.

Some of our readers sent us questions. We'll post 3 of these below, with our answers.

Questions about DTF printing on dark fabrics

What role does the white underbase layer play in DTF printing on dark fabrics, and how does it contribute to achieving vibrant and accurate colors?

The white underbase layer in DTF printing on dark fabrics serves as a barrier between the fabric's color and the colored ink layers. It is printed first and helps ensure that the colors appear vibrant and accurate by making the ink opaque enough to cover the dark fabric's color.

The previous article mentions that the type of fabric used can impact the quality of the print. Could you tell more about why synthetic fabrics like polyester or nylon pose challenges in DTF printing, and how these challenges can be addressed?

Synthetic fabrics like polyester or nylon can pose challenges in DTF printing because they have a low melting point. This low melting point can cause the ink to bleed or fade during the transfer process. To address this, it is essential to choose a fabric compatible with DTF printing and has a high melting point to prevent such issues.

In the section discussing temperature and pressure during the transfer process, the article mentions that dark fabrics require higher temperatures and pressures. Can you tell more about the correct settings for a specific fabric?

If the temperature and pressure are not correctly adjusted during the DTF printing transfer process on dark fabrics, there is a risk of damaging the print. Too much heat or pressure can cause the fabric to burn or melt, leading to an undesirable outcome. To ensure the correct settings, it's crucial to follow the manufacturer's instructions and use the appropriate temperature and pressure settings for the specific fabric being printed.

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