OK, here's the deal: do NOT just open this bottle up and dump it on your nice new T-shirt and expect an awesome result. I STRONGLY advise you to get an old piece of cloth (or some test paper if you are going that route) and cut it up and take a few test runs at this. It is NOT easy to work with. Here are a few things I learned:
1.) It's really easy to use too much. Cloth really soaks this stuff up, so go light, spread it around, and wipe off as much excess as you possibly can before applying your image (or objects). I actually settled for putting a little in a cup, brushing it on, then wiping off the area. Get after it with a paper towel. Yes, it is a bit wasteful, but putting it right on the shirt is way too much.
2.) Affix the image (or object) REALLY tightly to the cloth. I used transparency film (print two, double them up) and taped/clamped the whole thing together. Then I rubbed the film so it is sticking to the shirt as tightly as possible.
3.) The detergent is absolutely REQUIRED. I saw some people say they just laundered the shirt. Nope. Don't cut corners, it won't work. Get the special detergent, it's not that expensive. You also do not need much because...
4.) Hand launder the shirt. Don't leave this step to your machine, It won't do a good job. Put on some gloves, get a small tub, get the water as hot as possible, use a capful of detergent and scrub it for a good long while. The directions say 10 min, but that might be overkill. Do it at least 5, though. Your design may fade a bit. It's worth it to get the background down.
5.) White is REALLY hard to do. Yes, the detergent WILL remove all of the excess un-activated solarfast dye, but there will be a slight darkening. This is MUCH worse if you use too much dye. It is impossible to remove when overdone.
As an example of these things, look at my image. Shirt on left over done. Way too much dye. Not enough wash out, which was done in a machine. Dye doesn't even look black (it is reddish, a sure sign you over did it.) Shirt on right is very little dye, aggressive hand-washing. It is possible to do a design without a hard border, but it is very tricky. A lot of headache can be avoided by using a "frame" for you image. Especially on white. If you are going border free, I suggest a color shirt. Also, make the light blocking border very large. The dye will creep, you can see where it did on my test runs.
This took me 4 or 5 tries to hit on a good method. Hopefully, I can knock you down to 2 tries! Took off one star because this stuff is just really, really hard to work with, and they really don't have good instructions. They need a troubleshooting/pitfalls section, but they want you to think this is easy to do. They make it seem easy in a video. It isn't. But I DO like it!
- 商品尺寸: 3.2 x 3.2 x 11.4 cm
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