QUICK TIP FEBRUARY 5, 2016 BY AARON MONTGOMERY

Focus – since we talked about Niche this fits perfectly. Don’t go after new things until you are really good at the current thing. Can’t try to do everything all at once and expect that there won’t be a learning curve. If it was easy everyone would do it. Pick your niche, your technique and go all in. Then once you have mastered that expand and do it all over with something else. Like we will talk about next week we are all just decorators but you still need to master your craft.

Wearables Magazine Update with ASI

January 29th Show Audio

Please find some links and notes from the 2 Regular Guys Podcast. Terry and Aaron are pleased to have both Nicole Rollender and Theresa Hegel from ASI. We’ll be discussing the all new Wearables Magazine. Lots of changes and exciting plans for 2016.

Sponsored by: Equipment Zone

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QUICK TIP JANUARY 29, 2016 BY TERRY COMBS

Coated and Uncoated Papers in DTG Printing –  Sometimes we have to stop and look at our procedures and see if anything has changed with the component parts. Too often, we continue with a method or technique because “that’s the way we’ve always done it.”

We have until recently used uncoated paper between a pretreated shirt and the heat press to protect the heat press and dry the shirt. We used uncoated paper because silicon coated paper cause the shirt to be still and shiny. We then used silicon coated paper between the printed shirt and the heat surface to cure the ink. The silicon kept the ink from sticking to the paper.

Today, you can use silicon paper for both steps. This allows you to stock only one paper, and not stand in front of your heat press trying to determine if the paper is coated or not. With advances in pretreat solution, the glossy finish (when applied properly) is no longer an issue.

10 Things We Would Like to See in 2016

January 15th Show Audio

Please find some links and notes from the 2 Regular Guys Podcast. Terry and Aaron take a look forward at what we would like to see in the industry for the coming year. The ideas range from new products to new techniques, from sales forecasts to better ways to deal with employees. Tune into this yearly show when we review our thoughts from the previous year and give you our impressions of the coming year.

Sponsored by: Equipment Zone

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QUICK TIP JANUARY 15, 2016 BY AARON MONTGOMERY

All Over Sublimation – The two basic items are a wide format printer (44” or larger) and a wide format heat press. To accommodate a men’s x-large or larger shirt, you would need a press that is 44”x64” or larger. Of course, there are a few accessory items that you will need such as Kraft paper, and some heat resistant gloves should you ever do any sublimation with metals, tiles, or other items of that nature.
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Planning for 2016 Success with Terry and Aaron

January 8th Show Audio

Please find some links and notes from the 2 Regular Guys Podcast. In December, several industry experts came on the show to talk about making plans for your business in 2016. In this week’s show, Aaron and Terry will give their own tips and ideas to help you plan and succeed in the coming year!

Sponsored by: Equipment Zone

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QUICK TIP JANUARY 8, 2016 BY TERRY COMBS

Heat Press Pressure in Direct-to-Garment Printing – There’s still much confusion about the details of DTG printing, and unfortunately much misinformation. There are two steps to look at when it comes to your heat press.

Number 1 is pretreating. Once you’ve pretreated the shirt with an automatic pretreat machine on hand-held power sprayer, and you want to print right away, you’ll need to dry the shirt with your heat press. If the pressure is too light, that extends the drying time and more importantly leaves fibers standing up on the garment. So when you are drying pretreat, use heavy pressure. As a side note, if you allow your shirts to air dry, you’ll still need to press the shirt with heavy pressure for about five seconds before printing.

Number 2 is the printed shirt that must be heat set for wash-ability. If you use too heavy pressure, it will press the ink into the shirt and mix the inks on dark shirts to give a dull washed-out appearance. When curing the ink on a shirt, use light pressure for the best result.

Planning for 2016

December 11th Show Audio

Please find some links and notes from the 2 Regular Guys Podcast. On this week’s show, we’ll be talking about preparing for the New Year in your business. Tips, tricks, ideas for making 2016 the best it can be! We have 3 of our regular guest scheduled to join us to share their tips for planning for 2106. We will welcome Kristine Shreve, Andrea Bommarito, and Erich Campbell to the show and we also look forward to hearing from you in the chat room.

Sponsored by: EnMart

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QUICK TIP DECEMBER 11, 2015 BY AARON MONTGOMERY

Mixed Media with Sublimation – One of the best things about sublimation is that once you have created and pressed a fabric item, you can always add to it! With sublimation temperature ranging from 375-400 degrees, anything else that is heat applied will be at a much lower temperature and will not cause the original transfer to gas out. Some great options are adding heat transfer vinyl, rhinestones and embroidery into the mix to create truly personalized items.

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QUICK TIP DECEMBER 4, 2015 BY AARON MONTGOMERY

Relationships – This is a hard time of the year with business, pressure, holidays. It is very important to remember your relationships in business. These relationships extend past your customers, and includes your vendors and other stakeholders in your business. Yelling and screaming is not going to make things better, and who knows someday you might need a favor from them. Read my blog post at http://aaronmontgomery.info/2015/02/relationships-are-everything/