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How Much Pretreatment Should I Use?

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How Much Pretreatment Should I Use?

Typically, we I have found the appropriate amount of pretreatment needed (based on a 14 x 16 print image) averages between 22g to 26g for a 100% cotton tee. This however, should not be etched in stone. Use this as a base point in which to build and experiment from. Many factors can determine initial success or failure; the fabric weave, fabric type (ring-spun or other), blended or not (50/50, tri-blend), weight (burn-out, 4.1oz., 6.1oz, hoody), just to name a few.

It is challenging to comprise a “one-size-fits-all” formula for applying pretreatment. Not only are there an abundance of products to print on, each t-shirt provider utilizes different processes (pre and post) in their production and this can and will vary from country to country. Experimenting with different fluid amounts applied should be considered part of the standard trouble shooting process when desired results are not achieved. What works for one t-shirt product necessarily does not work for another.