TobiasAmaranth wrote:... I don't know if any of that is a contributing factor ...
Mixing heavy and lighter articles can have an effect, but the fact remains that to have the print flake off means it wasn't done correctly in the first place. Ignorant's seem more like an improper curing versus my issue of them printing over shirt lint.
- Top loaders are more aggressive than front loaders, but at worst, the print will crack from being stretched (pulled) too much, not flake off.
- Differences in detergent are far more likely to show up with the blank, not the print.
- Drying temperature affects the (shrinking) shirt itself more than the print (of non-shrinking ink).
My dollar store find of a pre-stretched-neck/shrunken-length DTG Lemon Drop gets washed/dryer-dried in the do-not-care load, mixed with denim, sweatshirts, underwear, socks, etc. The print is still intact.
My DTG copy of Night and Day (which was printed low, but at least it wasn't over lint and it wasn't belly-print low, so I didn't write the issue in) gets washed on cold, line dried (so it has only lost an inch in length), and is fine. Likewise, the color-mush DTG of Schrodinger's Cat LS is still intact, even though that shirt has been relegated to undershirt use.