Direct to Garment Pretreatment Deep Dive


Please find some links and notes from the 2 Regular Guys Podcast. This week, our guest will be Brian Walker, a pioneer in direct to garment pretreatment and inks. Brian has been in the industry since 1986 and will talk to us about where pretreatment and DTG printing is going. Brian will also be sharing his latest venture, garments that are pretreated when you buy them.

Sponsored by: Equipment Zone and Siser N.A.

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OKI Data 831 TS with Neenah Exo StencilNeenah Paper has revolutionary screen prep paper called Exostencil™ that eliminates the chemicals, time and equipment currently needed to make screens. They recommend the OKI Data 831-TS as the printer of choice with the paper, and they will be showing it in the OKI Data Booth at the upcoming NBM Indy Trade Show. Stop by booth 1007 in Indianapolis between June 1st to the 3rd to learn more about the Exostencil™ process. OKI Data will also be showing other digital solutions for garment decoration that is revolutionizing the market. Make sure to stop by booth 1007 and tell them that the 2 Regular Guys sent you and they will have free samples shipped to you so you can test the product for your business.

Direct to Garment Pretreatment

  • Let’s start with how you got started in this industry.
  • Tell us about your journey into direct to garment pretreatment and inks.
  • You’ve done more experimenting with printing on polyester than anyone we know. Talk to us about the process and what kind of progress you’re making.
  • What’s on the horizon in ink and pretreat products. Any secrets you want to share with our listeners?
  • So you have a fairly new product category that I know you’re very excited about. Tell us about your new venture RTP Apparel.
  • Isn’t this new venture basically putting yourself out of business in the direct to garment pretreatments

Private Label show with Marci Kinter

Direct to Garment PretreatmentBrian Walker: Has been in the industry since 1986, as a screen printer and then got involved with DTG in the mid-2000s. In 2008 he founded the I-Group Technologies, LLC to bring the industry the Viper Pre-Treatment Machine. Next came the addition of Image Armour to provide pretreatment and inks and now as we will discuss more soon, in 2016 he started RTP Apparel.
Image Armour
RTP Apparel

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This show is brought to you for a full hour by:

Equipment Zone, with 20 years experience selling garment printing equipment nationwide. Equipment Zone offers the new Epson F2000 SureColor direct-to-garment printer, their own VelociJet-XL DTG printer, and the all new SpeedTreater-TX automatic pretreat machine with a full 16”x24” pretreat area. Equipment Zone also carries a full line of DTG inks and supplies. Go to

Siser North America’s new and improved website! Just recently Siser NA’s website was updated with a ton of new colors, helpful tools, and fun things to read. Head over to and check out for yourself. A new great add-on to the site is the “Cutter Settings”. You will be able to get an idea of how you should have your vinyl cutter set up for each Siser material type. Then find out how each Siser product is applied, with the instructions available right there for you. Have you heard about the EasyPatterns™? There is a whole separate tab that will show all the different printed patterns Siser offers. Then while you’re at it, check out the Siser Blog. Get a great scope of all the “out of the box” ideas you can achieve with Siser HTV!

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