No doubt that printing loads of bandanas will be part of our “new normal”. Here are some tips for success…
1) Iron or Steam
Buy a commercial iron and/or steamer and treat every piece prior to printing to flatten wrinkles in the fabric. It sounds like a lot of work, but it’s not as bad as you might think and it will dramatically speed production and reduce misprints. Remember, press-time is more expensive than prep-time.
2) Proper Ink Selection
Soft-hand inks all the way. People will be wearing these things on their faces… Let them breathe!!!
3) Proper Bandana Selection
Bandanas made from cotton fiber and reactive-dye will allow for use of soft-hand discharge inks. This is the best way to print light colored inks on dark-colored bandanas.
4) Oversized Platens
Typical bandanas measure 18″ – 22″ across. Assuming a 0.5″ margin on all sides, the max print area will range from 17″ – 21″ across. Guaranteed, your customer will typically want to use every inch of the printable area, so get your self a set of oversized printing platens to accommodate.
5) Charge Accordingly
Bandana printing is a slower, more labor-intensive process than typical t-shirt printing. Calculate your production costs, educate your customers, and charge accordingly.