Why is my DTG print fading with washes?

When it comes to colors fading with DTG, it will depend on the situation. When printing on light and dark garments, if you are working with a blend T or polyester, you will most likely see fading after curing the print. Since the ink is water-based, the pigments are not able to adhere correctly to the polyester, causing a faded look.

If the fading comes after washing the garment, then it’s most likely due to the inks being under cured. Before the inks can cook adequately, printers need to remove the water from the garment. Due to the ink’s chemistry, the amount of time necessary to remove this water will vary depending on the manufacturer. Be sure to follow the recommended guidelines for optimal performance!


Jerid Hill ColDesi

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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