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Garment Printing with White Ink
The pros and cons of printing with white ink on Dark Shirts – The Scoop Digital t-shirt printers have forever changed the way that we view t-shirt decoration. Once you have decided to buy a digital t-shirt printing machine you are faced with not only a brand decision of whether you want and/or need the ability to print on dark garments. Do you buy a dtg printer that uses white ink or not?
There are several pros and cons to printing with white ink. They range from the cost of the actual output, to the added maintenance to the learning curve. When you boil it all down, the decision to use white ink is really based on the market you will be addressing, your willingness to learn and your expectations of return on your investment. Buying a direct to garment printer with white ink can be a great boost to your business – if the pros outweigh the cons.
Pros and Cons of Printing Dark ShirtsSo, you’ve decided to add a direct to garment printer to your existing apparel decoration business or even to start a business based on direct to garment printing. One of the first things to consider is the marketplace you will be selling to – simple example – are you selling to motorcycle clubs that require Harley Davidson style shirts? If so, no doubt you will be printing a lot of black shirts – white ink is a necessity. Unfortunately, not all situations are that cut and dried.
When you are considering whether your garment printer should have the ability to print on dark garments you should know and weigh the pros and cons. Why is this so important? Some printers, like the Brother GT 541 Digital Garment Printer, the Mimaki garment printer and the Sawgrass Direct Advantage printer do not offer a white ink solution at this time. Other printers, like the DTG line of t-shirt printing machines, the Fast T-Jet machines by US Screen Printing and the Flexi-Jet garment ink jet printer offer white ink either as standard or an option. By determining whether white ink is necessary for your business up front, you can quickly narrow your choices and save time researching printers that do not fit your needs. Surveys of t-shirt blank distributors confirm that a full 70% of the t-shirts they sell for decoration are NOT white.
What exactly are the pros and cons of using digital t-shirt printers with white ink? Let’s look at the cons first:
Printing with white ink costs more
Printing with white ink is more difficult than printing white shirts
Printing with white ink requires more maintenance
Now, let’s look at the pro’s of printing with white ink with your digital textile press
By offering white ink printing on your DTG garment printer – you are equipped to handle all colors of garments your customer will request
Even if you do not want to print with white ink immediately, it is a good idea to buy a direct to garment printer that will allow you to print with white when you are ready. The DTG line of digital t-shirt printers can be configured to print with or without white ink and changed at any point to fit your needs.