FAQ from DTF users: What's the best for you?
Is Pre-treatment required for DTF printing?
No, pre-treatment is not required for the DTF (Direct-to-Film) printing process.
What is the operational process of a DTF Printer?
DTF Printers operate by applying CMYK colors initially and then adding white ink onto a specially coated film. Unlike DTG printing, the printing sequence in DTF is in "reverse order," where colors are printed first, followed by the white ink.
Can DTG ink be used on DTF film?
No, DTF printing requires water-based pigment ink. Using DTG ink on DTF film will result in the ink running and mixing with white and CMYK inks, causing undesirable outcomes.
Is a significant amount of printer maintenance required for DTF printing?
DTF printing does require maintenance similar to DTG printing, but it's not as frequent. DTF white ink needs to be shaken daily. The best maintenance practice is regular printing. If you print every two days, you'll only need to shake the ink and perform an automatic printhead clean before printing.
Can DTF ink be used in a DTG printer?
Yes, you can use DTF ink in a DTG printer to print shirts. However, specialized DTG ink is generally preferred over DTF ink for optimal results. When using DTF ink, you will still need to pretreat your garments using your preferred pretreatment solution.
Is special software required for DTF printing?
Yes, DTF printing requires RIP software like CADlink, AcroRIP, Montai, Flexi to enable simultaneous printing of white and color layers.
How durable is DTF printing?
DTF prints are washable and can maintain their quality when proper procedures are followed. With the right application and the use of quality+ powder, DTF prints can withstand washing at a recommended temperature of 40°C.
How does DTF printing feel?
The feel of DTF prints depends on the type of powder used and the thickness of the ink layer. More ink will absorb more powder, resulting in a thicker overall feel. DTF powder designed to be soft and stretchy provides a better hand than traditional vinyl or other heat transfer methods. While DTF prints are elastic and soft to the touch, they may not be softer than DTG prints.
What happens if I leave my DTF printer inactive for an extended period?
Leaving your DTF printer inactive for a long time can lead to clogging similar to DTG or regular inkjet printers. If you plan on not using the printer for several weeks or months, it's essential to flush the lines, clean the printhead, and let it soak in a cleaning solution to prevent issues.
What sets Hot Peel and Cold Peel DTF Film apart?
The main distinction between Hot Peel and Cold Peel DTF Film lies in the peeling process after heat pressing. With Hot Peel, you peel the film immediately after the pressing is done. On the other hand, Cold Peel requires a cooling period of approximately 5 to 10 seconds after heat pressing before peeling. Despite the name, Cold Peel doesn't mean the transfer must be entirely cold. Many people prefer Hot Peel film for a softer print feel, while Cold Peel provides a more define edges glossy,and thicker finish.