Image Armor Dark Pretreatment


Image Armor DARK is used with dark-colored and black garments. It allows the white layer of ink to set faster so the CMYK inks set better, providing the best ink coverage and superior washability.

Image Armor's DARK Formula is safe to use with DuPont brand inks and is also safe for two-pass printing.

This is the pretreatment that direct-to-garment printers everywhere are raving about. If you've been less than satisfied with your DTG prints, you haven't tried Image Armor.

For use on dark garments. For light garments please use Image Armor Light.


  • DO NOT mix down Image Armor - it is ready to use.
  • Always shake the container before using or pouring into your pretreatment machine container.
  • When reclaiming unused pretreatment from a pretreat machine, strain it to ensure that no fibers, dirt, dust, or other contaminants are in the solution. Contaminants in the solution could cause clogging in your pretreatment sprayer or machine, and will give less satisfactory results.
  • Apply pretreatment as evenly as possible to the garment - uneven application will cause undesirable results.
  • The amount of pretreatment required varies greatly depending on the weight, weave, and color of the garment. For heavy or very dark garments, more pretreatment is needed. You may want to experiment.
  • Cure on heat press at 330 F for 30 seconds or until dry. For better results, press twice at 20 seconds each press. For best results, garment should be completely dry before printing.
  • Use Kraft paper when curing, and remove immediately. Leaving the paper on the garment until cool can cause crystallization.
  • Using a heavy pressure setting on the heat press may give the best results.
  • Garments may be pretreated in advance, but try to use them as soon as possible. We do not recommend pretreating more than two weeks in advance. If pretreated garments have been stored more than 24 hours, heat press them again for 5-10 seconds to remove accumulated moisture.
  • Handle pretreated garments as little as possible. Touching, bending, and folding may break down the pretreatment and cause unsatisfactory results.