About Garment Printing
Why choose DTG printing?
Direct to garment (DTG) printing is the printing of digital images from a computer onto a shirt or other garment using a specialized inkjet printer. The benefits of direct to garment printing include:
- No setup costs
- Allows for affordable printing of small orders
- Extremely detailed images
- Affordable full-color printing
- Soft feel like it’s part of the fabric
What is direct to garment printing?
Direct to garment (DTG) printing can reproduce complicated images accurately on something as soft as a shirt or sweater. Think of DTG like at-home printing from your computer, except that the paper is replaced with a shirt. Our printer does not need to be set up for individual jobs and can render millions of colors. An underbase of white is printed to allow printing on dark shirts.
DTG ink binds directly to the fibers of the garment’s material, which is why cotton—a fibrous material—is best. After printing, heat is applied to dry the ink. The entire printing process can take as little as a minute per shirt.
How DTG compares to screen printing.
Screen printing includes a fee for setup, while DTG has almost no setup at all. This makes DTG more cost effective for “small” orders (less than around ten of a garment) where this cost is not divided between many garments. However, once setup is complete, the per-unit cost of screen printing is much cheaper than that of DTG, which makes it more cost-effective for larger orders. Screen printing cannot capture as much detail nor as many colors as DTG, but the colors that are screen printed are more vibrant. Screen printing also allows for the use of more different types of ink, like metallic or glow-in-the-dark, and can be used on polyester materials that DTG inks cannot bind to.
We work with local screen printers, and will gladly make a referral if screen printing is best for your job.
What you should know before you wrap.
How much does a wrap cost?
Great question and there are many parts to the answer. Everything affects the final cost from the amount of time spent on the design, to the size and coverage amount of the vehicle, to the complexity of the installation. In the broadest of price ranges using a standard van size, a partial wrap could start as low as $500, although most will end up around $1200. A full wrap for a vehicle of comparable size could be as low as $2000, with a more typical cost being in the $2500-$2800 range. We invite you to stop by at any time to discuss your project. We can then provide you with a more accurate estimate.
The good news is we can usually find a great design solution to meet any budget.
How long will my wrap last?
The durability of your wrap will depend on the quality of the material used, the quality of the installation, and the care and maintenance after the installation. Wrapping vinyl is rated for durability and removability, and we use only the best quality appropriate for the job. Durability ratings range from 2 to 7 years.
Is a wrap cheaper than a paint job?
No, it is not. A color change wrap is likely to be more expensive than a primary paint job by 25% or more. Color change vinyl wraps are a great alternative to achieve special effects and textures. There are many interesting choices available today, and we'll be happy to show you samples of the latest technology.
What do I have to do before I bring my vehicle in for wrap?
Your vehicle should arrive clean and free of rust, wax, and polish for proper adhesion. We will do final cleaning just before installation to remove any dirt that may have made its way onto the vehicle on its way here. An additional cleaning charge may be added to the final project is extensive cleaning is necessary before our installation.
Is my wrap guaranteed?
Yes and no. Some materials come with a manufacturers warranty that is subject to care and maintenance. Other factors will include the condition of the surface. Suspect areas such as rust, dents, repainted surfaces, and other conditions cannot be guaranteed. However, we want every customer to be satisfied with the value of every job we do, and we always do our best to perform repairs or replacement at a reasonable expense to you.
How do I care for my wrap?
Keep your vehicle clean of dirt, grime, salt, and grease.
When washing your vehicle use a nonabrasive liquid cleaner
Hand wash vehicle for the first two months while the wrap material adhesive cures. Ater that, we recommend hands-free car wash (like our friends at Mt. Battie Car Wash). Never use a high-pressure car wash.
Vehicle wraps can be treated the same as paint. Wash with care, attend to any scratches or other mishaps right away, and protect of direct sun damage with UV protecting wax.
Inspect the graphics regularly for any loose edges. If you find any, please stop by our shop for repair as soon as possible.
How long will it take to wrap my vehicle?
Most wrap installations only take a day or two; however, there are often three or four weeks leading up to the installation day. This time includes design, your review, and approval, printing, lamination, and installation preparation. When leaving your vehicle for installation, we ask that you remove all personal and stored items, or request a "walk-around" to make a note of all items left with the vehicle. Adventure Advertising is not responsible for loss or damage of such things without an agreement of possession.
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29 Commercial Street
Rockport, Maine 04856