Viper Pre-Treatment Models

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Viper pre treatment machine

Viper One - automatic pre treatment machine with compressed air operation

 

Viper XPT pre treatment machine

Viper XPT - automatic pre treatment machine with all electronic operation

 

 


 

WHAT IS PRE-TREATMENT ?

Pre-Treatment is the application of a special pre-treatment fluid to the print area of the garment.  After application of pre treatment the garment is then dried in a heat press prior to printing.

 


WHY DO I NEED TO PRE-TREAT?

The pre-treatment process creates a “sealer” or “primer” on the shirt, much like preparing a drywall so that the paint doesn’t soak in.  Pre-treatment causes the ink to dry very quickly resulting in bright images with crisp, clean edges.     Without pre-treatment, the white ink would easily soak into the garment resulting in very dull white prints, which would in turn result in dull colours too.

A secondary but also very important benefit of pre treatment is that during the heat press drying of the pre treated garment, the loose fibres are flattened down against the surface of the garment and they are held in that flattened state during printing.   This can and does help to produce noticeably better print quality.

 


CAN I PRE-TREAT BY HAND?

Hand pre treatment spray gun

Yes you can, using a roller or spray gun.   Manual pre treatment requires practice and regular maintenance of the spray gun in order to get high quality, consistant results.

  • It requires practice to get the required amount of fluid, sprayed evenly over the entire print area.
  • Overspray settles out on surrounding surfaces. It is a little sticky and can damage sensitive equipment.
  • It’s much slower than an automatic pre-treatment machine.
  • There is more wasted pre-treatment fluid with hand application.

 


HOW FAST IS PRE-TREATING?

It depends on whether you’re pre-treating manually by hand-spraying or using an automatic machine. Pre-treating with a Viper machine will take 1/4 of the time that you would spend hand-spraying a garment.  Automatic pre treatment machines also produce much more more consistant results (even when used by untrained staff).

 

 

See Just How easy It Is To Be A Pre Treatment Expert With The Viper One Automatic Pre treatment Machine