Here is the definitive guide to how discharge prints on tri-blend shirts.
Tri-Blend Fabric: A shirt made with cotton, polyester and rayon.
Discharge Ink: A water based ink that removes, mutes or replaces a garment’s color.
How Does the Discharge Ink React to a Tri-Blend?:Realistically? It depends on the shirt. Here are a couple things you can expect.
- The Cotton Gets Dyed Perfectly: Discharge ink removes the pigment from cotton and replaces it with the ink color.
- The Rayon and Polyester Aren’t Dyed: Rayon and Polyester are synthetic fabrics. Each one comes out as one color and stays that way. Some are white others black and some come in neon red. The rayon and polyester will appear on the shirt.
- Best Shirt Fabrics for Discharge Ink: Fabrics that have white polyester and white rayon. These allow for a very clean print.
- Worst Shirt Fabrics for Discharge Ink: Red, Kelly Green or Royal Blue fabrics. These fabrics pigments do not react well to discharge inks.
Examples of Printed Tri-Blends:
Some shots of prints on tri-blend shirts.
What Are the Best Shirts for Discharge Prints?
- American Apparel TR401
- Canvas 3413
- Next Level 6010
Should I Use Discharge Ink on Tri-Blends?
Yes. You can make incredible discharge prints on tri-blend shirts with water based inks.
Your shirts are going to look fantastic. Give us a call and let’s get your shirts on press.