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Re: [BKARTS] fading of inkjet printed fabric



Peng-Peng,
 What you have experienced is the excess ink being removed through that
first wash. That ink hasn't bonded to the fabric at all and would just run
off of it otherwise. The Bubble Jet Set rinse made specifically for this
purpose hasn't removed as much ink as you're talking about but I'm using an
HP inkjet and perhaps it's the difference in their inks that is causing
different end results. I haven't had much fading with my fabric prints at
all and I'm using fabric that I've treated myself. I hear that Dharma
Trading's stuff is great, too.

 The difference between dye and pigment based inks is light years in the
rubber stamping world. Dye based inks run while pigment inks don't. That may
indicate a better end result but I don't know. The Bubble Jet Set is
formulated to bond the ink on a molecular level so that it becomes part of
the fabric rather than sitting on top of the surface of the fabric. My guess
is that it will work with any inkjet so pigment ink would be a good bet. If
I had the option I might try it if I weren't getting what I wanted already.

Meredith


Date:    Thu, 24 Feb 2005 09:24:25 -0800
From:    Peng-Peng Wang <ppwang@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: fading of inkjet printed fabric

I have been using this bubble jet treated silk with paper backing
ordered from Dharma Trading and very happy with the result. The color
becomes less saturated after the first wash due to the removal of extra
dye (I use Canon S800 dye based inkjet printer). The only concern I
have is color fading in the long term. Has anyone found any study on
this problem?
Also I am interested to know if anyone who owns inkjet  printers with
permanent ink (pigment base) has tried this technique. How is the
result?
It seems to me this becomes a question for textile people. According to
my knowledge, they (textile people) replace cardrige ink with dye,
after printing, the fabric has to be steamed. However, it is still a
mystery to me.
Any information will be appreciated.

peng peng wang
www.pengpengwang.com

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