What is the primary purpose of a flash-cure unit?

Unlike graphic printing, you can print wet-on-wet on various garment types. Wet-on-wet printing doesn’t mean you can lay down wet ink on top of wet ink. This is when flashing becomes important.

For example, a flash-cure unit allows you to print vibrant colors on dark garments. To get colors to pop on dark garments, you need to lay down an underbase first. The underbase needs to be flashed, gelling the ink enough so a layer of wet ink can go on top.

Flashing is also commonly used right before laying down a highlight white to set up the rest of the print before laying down the last color.

A flash-cure unit also enables you to gel previously printed colors so that subsequent colors don’t smear if your art separations use a large trap (overprint) or your press is older and doesn’t hold registration like it used to.

Find more on flash curing here.


Glen Carliss

Glen Carliss is the manager of domestic sales, Eastern division, at the M&R Companies. He began his career in garment decoration tie-dying T-shirts while pursuing a degree in sociology. After college, he built boats before joining a cut-and-sew operation. That led to a sales position with Precision Screen Machines. When M&R purchased Precision in 1994, Carliss sold M&R's graphic line east of the Mississippi. Carliss became M&R's national sales manager in 2006, and took the eastern division when the position was split in two in 2008. In his spare time, Carliss is an avid metalworker and a professional trumpet player in a 16-piece band that has toured extensively.

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