I’m trying to decide between pretreating by hand and buying a machine. Insights?

Two key ingredients to pretreat are salt and glue. It will stick to everything and rust out metal. If you pretreat by hand with a paint sprayer, then you want to be in an isolated area not around your printing equipment. For health reasons, wear a mask. You don’t want to breathe this in.

There’s been a trend over the past several years where people are investing in a pretreat machine immediately. There are many benefits to this with some of the main ones being a cleaner process, consistency, precision, repeatability, less waste, and a much smaller learning curve.


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Jerid Hill

Jerid Hill has been a thought leader in the DTG industry pursuing new technologies for better quality and output. Jerid does new product development R&D for ColDesi Inc. You can rely on Jerid's unique perspective in the garment industry, focusing on the end user's experience. He has extensive technical knowledge of DTG printing, as well as details and tips for preparing artwork, pretreating garments, expert level tips, and best overall practices for the garment printing realm.

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