Custom design yoga pants

How To Screen Print On Yoga Pants or Spandex Leggings

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when it comes to screen free and

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different types of substrates it can be

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a little bit tricky in this

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instructional video we’re going to

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tackle screen printing on spandex yoga

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pants using the rock automatic press and

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we’ll select epic polyester spandex

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leggings provide several complexities to

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overcome in order accomplish a

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great-looking print first the fabric is

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a mix of polyester and spandex and is

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typically made in dark colors the color

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darkness of polyester makes dye

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migration an issue when printing the

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spandex also adds a stretch factor to

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overcome and then you have the shape of

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the legging which needs to be printed on

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a special platen the goal of a great

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spandex print is to be bright but not

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too heavy and be able to flex with the

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garment for this print we’re going to be

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using the Brock automatic press with our

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new dual leg sleep lot for our ink we’ll

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be using will fluxes epic performance

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under block or gray and top-score like

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the screens you want to use a higher

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tension medium mesh range 125 to 156 we

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use our standard Saudi high tech mesh or

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a thin thread 160 mesh which we’ll be

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using in this video

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keep in – Africa is smooth so it’s a

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good printing service you don’t need

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super low mesh but also you do need a

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good ink deposit when coding since I’m

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using a medium mesh the goal is to

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create a slightly thicker stencil or

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hire a om and the twenty-plus range to

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accommodate this we’re going to be using

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our cryo coat emulsion which has a

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slightly higher solid content when

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printing onto pant it is helpful to get

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an artwork template that matches the art

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to your plot for this video we’re using

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the new rock dual leg sweep Latin this

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template and AI is a PDF download to

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actual size of the platen so you can see

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how your film will light out on it in

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Illustrator or CorelDraw for this design

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we’re going to be using a blocker great

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under base and an over print white so

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we’ll be choking under base 0.75 pixels

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when exposing the screen be sure to

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expose for slightly longer to account

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for the thicker emulsion on your screen

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now let’s go to ink for these types of

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stretch pants we first want to look at

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the fabric content most of the times

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these are made from a combination of

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polyester and spandex these particular

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pants are 87 percent in 88 percent poly

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and the remainder of spandex the color

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for pattern is sublimated and the black

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is a solid dye the first ink we’ll need

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to address is the Under

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we need to under bass both of these with

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a blocker gray that has a carbon in it

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and prevents dye migration however since

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these are stretchy we’re going to

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combine the will flex epic performance

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under blockers rigged with some

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polyester top scorer aims to provide

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some stretch to the under bass to expand

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stretch capabilities even more since the

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garments are extremely stretching we’re

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going to add five to ten percent epic

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stretch bass into the egg mixture for

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this we’re actually only adding 5%

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because we don’t want to add too much

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stretch additive into the bass because

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it will change the low career and dive

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locking capacity of making for this

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we’re going to using 75% block or gray

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25% top-scoring for our overprint will

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be using standard top score white right

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out of the bucket once our screens are

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set up in a line drive sweep patent you

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want to put the pant legs on and check

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for off contest we are using higher

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tension screens we also want to make

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sure we have enough off contact to clear

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the screen with this thicker and more

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absorbent fabric since we’re putting

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this on automatic we’re setting this up

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with automatic settings now you can

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adjust that for manual printing on your

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manual press as well for squeegee blade

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we’re using a triple drama squeegee 70

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90 70 to give it a little bit stronger

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blade and we’re using an angled 15

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degrees which is a medium angle for

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pressure we’re going to back it off just

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a little bit so the screen barely clears

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we don’t want to drive the ink into the

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fabric it should sit on top of the

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fabric for test printing I’m using a

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similar size of garment to this test

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once we have a good release we can go to

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a test print first we lay down on under

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base with a double pass next we flash

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remember this is performance fabric and

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performance ink so our flash temp needs

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to be a little bit lower in the 220 to

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230 degree range next we do a second

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layer just one pass this time we’re

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doing two under bases to block all that

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dynamite Gration we should see a smooth

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under base print now now we flashing in

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and do the wipe over print for

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production you would have either

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multiple screens set up for the under

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base or run the present multi print mode

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it’s also a good idea to leave a cool

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down space between screens if possible

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here are the results the print looks

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sharp and great curing parameters for

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will flex performance polyester ink is

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typically two hundred ninety degrees to

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the entire ink surface this is best

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accomplished with the convection oven

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because you set your oven to 290 to 300

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degrees

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and it cures the entire service at once

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if you are using an IR oven you’ll want

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to lower the panel temp the ink surface

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with a laser temp gun to reach 300 to

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310 degrees for the under base to reach

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290 and be fully cured after cured you

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should not be sticky or tacky it should

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stretch properly you want to be careful

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not to over here this ink because then

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sublimation will happen on your ink

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prints came out great for nice the soft

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but stretch well with the fabric for dye

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sublimation testing if you want to leave

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your fabric out for a few days before

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going into production for optimal

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results that way you 100% know that your

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underbase blocker worked especially with

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sublimated fabric like this check out

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the will flux epic performance series as

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well as a top score series available on

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